A scene from HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN, directed by Andrew Beall and Frank Molieri for Warner Premiere.

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (2011, Andrew Beall and Frank Molieri)

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is probably the first Peanuts film I’ve seen in twenty years. In those twenty years, the Complete Peanuts newspaper strips have started coming out (the film has a scene of the first Peanuts strip, which is nice) and the voice cast has changed.

Unfortunately, the new voice cast isn’t very good. Grace Rolek is an awful Lucy and Trenton Rogers is a mostly weak Charlie Brown.

Overall, Warm Blanket suffers from its thin plot (about Linus losing his blanket). Mixed in—making it insufferably long—are various, unrelated single strip adaptations.

Mark Mothersbaugh’s music is lovely though and Austin Lux is fine as Linus.

It’s okay for a bit (it’s nicely retro), but forty-five minutes is way too long. Beall and Molieri seem to acknowledge the franchise is both for kids and long-time fans, but don’t know how to serve both.

1/3Not Recommended

CREDITS

Directed by Andrew Beall and Frank Molieri; screenplay by Stephan Pastis and Craig Schulz, based on the comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz; animated by Darlie Brewster; edited by Mike Mangan; music by Mark Mothersbaugh; produced by Margaret M. Dean; released by Warner Premiere.

Starring Austin Lux (Linus), Amanda Pace (Sally), Trenton Rogers (Charlie Brown), Grace Rolek (Lucy), Shane Baumel (Pig Pen), Blesst Bowden (Violet), Ciara Bravo (Patty), Andy Pessoa (Shermy), Trenton Rogers (Schroeder) and Andrew Beall (Snoopy).

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