The latest trailer for Fox's computer-animated 3-D movie based on Charles Schulz's beloved "Peanuts" characters has arrived, and as you might have guessed it's a cute but occasionally incongruous mix of familiar faces and modern flourishes.
The 1 1/2-minute teaser opens with Snoopy sleeping on his doghouse, which Woodstock and his pals proceed to trim with holiday decorations. If the imagery has a bit of a CGI sheen, Vince Guaraldi's classic "Linus and Lucy" theme certainly helps smooth things out. So far, so good.
Things take a turn, however, when Snoopy wakes up in a huff and slips into his World War I flying ace alter ego. As the intrepid beagle imagines himself soaring over Paris in pursuit of the Red Baron, we're treated to some snazzy visuals while the music switches to an aggressively upbeat pop song: "What I Like About You," by Flo Rida and Fitz, according to Shazam.
While Snoopy eventually comes back down to earth and Guaraldi's music also returns, the trailer's showy middle section underscores one of the big challenges faced by the filmmakers, who will no doubt try to introduce Charlie Brown and the gang to a new generation of moviegoers without alienating fans of Schulz's old-school charm.
To that end, the filmmakers — who include Schulz's son Craig, one of the producers, and grandson Bryan, one of the screenwriters — have pledged that the film will have a timeless quality and remain faithful to Schulz and his characters.
In a recent interview with USA Today, producer Paul Feig (director of "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat") promised that "Charlie Brown won't twerk, wear a baseball cap backwards or try to 'break the Internet' a la Kim Kardashian." How's that for reassuring?
"Peanuts" is scheduled for release Nov. 6, 2015.