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Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang are headed back to the big screen in 2015 through a deal between 20th Century Fox Animation, Blue Sky Studios and the family of the late Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.
Scheduled for release Nov. 25, 2015, the untitled animated feature will mark both the 65th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the celebrated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift) will direct from a script by Shulz’s son Craig Schulz, his grandson Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano.
“We have been working on this project for years,” Craig Schulz, president of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, said in a statement. “We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film. I am thrilled we will be partnering with Blue Sky/Fox to create a Peanuts movie that is true to the strip and will continue the legacy in honor of my father.”
The project will be the fifth Peanuts feature film, following 1969’s A Boy Named Charlie Brown, 1972’s Snoopy, Come Home, 1977’s Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, and 1980’s Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!). The beloved comic strip has also inspired more than 40 animated TV specials — A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving are the best-known — and a short-lived Saturday-morning cartoon.