Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the gang are coming to the big screen, as 20th Century Fox Animation and its Blue Sky Studios unit announced Tuesday that they have acquired the rights to Charles M. Schulz's iconic "Peanuts" comic strip.
The planned movie, the product of an agreement between the studio and Schulz's heirs, is scheduled to arrive in theaters Nov. 25, 2015. ...
Bill Melendez, owner operator of BIll Melendez Productions and also, too, the last President of the Screen Cartoonists Guild before it lost much of its jurisdiction to the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists, Local 839 IATSE (our original name), created hundreds of "Peanuts" half-hours and earlier feature films.
The Melendez work always had a lilting fidelity to the spirit of Schulz's strip, and I'm not sure that Blue Sky's computer generated rendition will replicate Bill's earlier work.
I'm, uh, understating things here.