Friday Favorites: Favorite Animated Movie of 2015

It’s Friday (and it’s been awhile) so it’s time for “Friday Favorites”.  This time around, my Friday Favorite is “Favorite Animated Movie of 2015”.  That movie is one that I saw this week and it is The Peanuts Movie:

The Peanuts Movie

Now everyone that know me knows that I love Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all the Peanuts gang.  I grew up on the comic strip.  I watched all the cartoon specials, TV shows and movies.  So I was super excited when I heard this new movie was coming out.

Like any cherished property, there is a concern about whether it gets things right.  Does it capture the heart, the essence of what made it so special in the first place.  Given that this film was written by Charles Schultz’s son & grandson, the story was in good hands and it showed.  This film had the heart of the old comic strip.  It captured the essence of who Charlie Brown is.  It showed the great imagination of Snoopy.  It captured the personality of Lucy so well.  All the characters were real and honest to who they are in the comic strip.

Sure it’s all flashy and modern with CGI animation, but the heart of the story sticks true to the source material.  And that was what made it awesome for me.  I wish that more movies would take a page from The Peanuts Movie and remember the heart of the things while they’re telling new stories.

If you haven’t seen it, go see The Peanuts Movie.  It is well worth the price of admission.  It was my favorite animated film of 2015 and probably top 3 films overall of the year.

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The 25th Anniversary Edition 1990 Version: Comic Books

It’s time once again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1990, the first year of the decade of the 90s. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

We have previously looked at the year in music, video games, movies, and TV shows in 1990. We now turn to the year in comics in 1990. There were several storylines and characters that made their debut that year.

On the Marvel front, the big crossover event was a sequel to one of the most seminal events in Marvel history. The original event was “Days of Future Past”. The sequel was “Days of Future Present”. “Days of Future Present” would feature crossovers from X-Men, Fantastic Four, New Mutants and X-Factor. Another huge Marvel comic that released that year was in August 1990. That month Spider-Man #1 written by Todd MacFarlane was published. That issue would go onto 2.65 million copies, at the time the best selling comic book.

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On the DC front, it was quieter than the previous year. There was no big crossover event and no big series that debuted that year. It did see a one shot Batman comic in February called Batman: Digital Justice. This story was set in the late 21st century and it would be Jim Gordon’s grandson James who would take up the mantle of Batman & would essentially be fighting a computer virus made by the Joker.

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There were two prominent characters that made their debut in 1990, one in comic books and the other in comic strips. The one in comic books was Remy LeBeau aka Gambit. He made his debut (briefly) in Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 before outright debuting in Uncanny X-Men #266 in August. Gambit would go onto become one of the most popular characters of the X-Men, due in large part to the cartoon series that would feature him as one of the team members. The one in comic strips was Peggy Jean. She made her debut in the Peanuts comic strip in newspapers on July 23rd. She would make appearances in the strip throughout the decade as well as some animated specials. She would be Charlie Brown’s girlfriend and was that way until her last appearance a few months before the end of the comic strip.

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Peggy Jean

There are many other comics and characters that were featured in 1990. Is there an issue or character not listed that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Thanks for joining us this month during our trip down memory lane. We’ll be back next year around this time to look at the 25th anniversary of things that happened during 1991. Until then, break out the comic books and enjoy some classic reading.

Thursday Quote Day: Charles Dickens (and a special Christmas song)

Merry Christmas and I hope that it is a great day for you.  For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” I wanted to share a quote from author Charles Dickens, famous for writing among many things A Christmas Carol.  In the spirit of the season, here is a quote from that book as well as a special Christmas song from Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang:

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”  (Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol)

 

The Meaning of Christmas…from Charlie Brown & Linus Van Pelt

I love the Peanuts comic strip (and cartoons) ever since I was a little kid.  I have enjoyed the adventures of Charlie Brown and all the gang.  This time of year is great because one of my favorite Christmas shows is A Charlie Brown Christmas.  The most famous scene of the show is Linus Van Pelt, friend of Charlie Brown, reading from Luke 2 telling what the true meaning of Christmas is about.  There was a comic strip that came out about a year or so later that has Linus telling the Christmas story again.  This Christmas Eve, I thought I’d share it with you.  Have a very Merry Christmas Eve and a very Merry Christmas tomorrow (by the way, there will be a “Thursday Quote Day” tomorrow):

Charlie Brown Christmas

The Peanuts Movie Trailer

Everyone that knows me knows how I’m a huge fan of the Peanuts comic strip/cartoons.  I enjoy reading and watching Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all the Peanuts gang.  So when I heard that there was going to be a new animated movie in 2015, I was super excited.  Today a teaser trailer for the film was released.  Check it out:

New Peanuts Movie Trailer

So I stumbled across this news.  Apparently there is going to be a new Peanuts movie.  Yes indeed, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the gang will be back on the big screen in 2015.  It will be the first new Peanuts movie since 1980’s Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!!).  I remember when I was in grade school I watched a Peanuts film in theater but it was a re-release of Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown so this will be the first time seeing a new Peanuts movie.  Today a teaser trailer was released.  Check it out: