• Petitioned Twentieth Century FOX

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Twentieth Century FOX

Stop Blue Sky Studios from developing the Peanuts Movie

    1. Enal Caa
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      Enal Caa

      Moorestown, United Kingdom

Although us faithful fans of the timeless classic are excited to see a new feature in the works, the comments made by son Craig Schulz, that he "...finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film," was very concerning as it makes the hint that the film will be produced in CGI, or rather on a computer. Certainly we can all agree that a cartoon that has a 60+ year history of being hand-drawn not only in printed form but with virtually every single memorable film that came along with it needs to continue this legacy. 
Since it's first creation in the 1950s, The Peanuts have been an inspirational and outstanding series of comic-books and films, many of which are still talked about and watched to this day, including "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". The success and high-demand of these touching characters even spawned a TV series by the name of "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show". The warmth and soulfulness of not only the stories and characters, but the beauty of the hand-crafted visuals have had a major impact on not only potentially billions of fans over the years, it also inspired many other generational cartoon and comic books to come, such as "Rugrats", "Calvin and Hobbes", "Bloom County" and even to an extent, "South Park".
However, due to the death of creator Charles M. Schulz, not many specials have been made, except for the occasional one, including the most recent and beautifully rendered "Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown", which presented a fine tribute to the history of this monumental entity of American Pop Culture.
Upon hearing the recent news of the digital movie house Blue Sky Studios developing a Peanuts movie for your company, we can't help but be saddened to think that you will indeed be turning this into a computer generated update. We cannot except this and implore you to keep with the traditions, as not only the creator surely would have wanted (being an illustrator himself), but also the legions of fans, old and new. If the technology is as such that you can render the digital characters to LOOK like they're hand-drawn, then we suggest that you just hand-draw them. Part of the charm is their flat basic nature. In fact, this is what Mr. Schulz wanted to accomplish. This is how it was intended. Some things suit CGI, but The Peanuts won't be one of them.
We are delighted at the idea of a new feature film, but we would rather that they actually make a proper one, kept in its original style, the characters acting exactly the same as we know them, and not an excuse to expose celebrities, new technology, etc...otherwise, it's proof that it is not trying to cater to the fans or the wonderful simplicity of it's nature, rather an excuse to expand "a franchise" and make some money. Truth be told, you will be able to make just as much if not more by simply not trying to fix what's not broken, tell a great story and let the rest take care of itself.
Should you be exploring CGI, we hope that you will listen please listen to the fans, your children and grandchildren and reconsider.

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    • Christopher Rhodes PROVIDENCE, RI
      • 10 months ago

      Though it probably won't look terribly in CG, it would be much better hand drawn. Or at least done if a flat style

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    • willy ashworth TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      2d design retro fit to 3d NEVER works! Go ahead...name one,

      just one. Something is ALWAYS lost, nothing is ever gained.

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    • David L SALINAS, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      CGI does NOT make everything better.

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    • Joshua Gagnon MUDGEE, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It Just Is, I Guess.

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    • Todd Sullivan SEVERN BRIDGE, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Producers seem to believe that the medium is what the audience cares about. It isn't. They care about good storytelling and Charlie Brown was designed for 2D not 3D. If they want success as well as to show respect they'll keep it that way.

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