Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On The Air: Peanuts (2014)

In the wake of a feature film last year, the Peanuts kids are back, but this time, it seems, Cartoon Network & Boomerang haven't been exactly forthcoming about the new series, which launched last week.

Peanuts is being produced by a French studio, which obtained a license from Peanuts Worldwide, the official rights holder to the long running franchise, and began producing the flash-animated episodes a year in advance of last year's "Peanuts Movie". CN simply picked up the series in order to cash in on the movie's DVD release.

It certainly looks as though these cartoons were lifted directly from the original Charles Schulz strips. Take for example this minisode, in which Linus thinks his teacher likes him very much.....



There's also a classic bit where Snoopy steals Linus' blanket, creating all sorts of traumatic drama. Episodes range in length from 2-8 minutes, depending on the content of each piece. If you're like me and you grew up with the classic strip, and you're also a parent, this would be a great time to bond with the kids over a cherished icon.

Rating: A.

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