Tipping Sacred Cows: The New Peanuts Movie

This magic is gone, save for DVDs.

Da-da and family were in a theater not too long ago to see some kid movie Da-da has strangely forgotten. Anyway, during the previews, we were at first pleased to see that a new Charlie Brown feature was soon to be released... but grew less and less interested -- and indeed, horrified (Da-da's boys especially) -- as we watched the preview. There was something WRONG about it. It wasn't the 3-D-ish animation, it was...

It was the music.

There was no Vince Guaraldi jazz music accompanying the images we all grew up with. The Charlie Brown canon simply does not work without a tasty jazz trio accompaniment. Indeed, we --  AND EVERYONE ELSE IN THE THEATER -- were repulsed (and making repulsed noises) by the marriage of Peanuts characters and contemporary music. It was awful. Given the fluidity of "film" these days, they could easily swap sound tracks, but Da-da fears they won't.

Perhaps Da-da et al are old-school purists, but it seems to us that the Charles Schulz family has made a tactical error in allowing this (one of Da-da's friends called it, "an abomination") to exist; a mistake, hopefully, that they take steps to correct.


Charlie Brown rapping? Really? This is Rap's jump-the-shark moment. It was never music anyway.


James said...

"Perhaps Da-da et al are old-school purists" Welcome to being a cranky old guy. That's what you're called when you tell the truth. I also could care less if the truth hurts.

A Man Called Da-da said...

No, no. Da-da is a HOPEFUL, cranky middle-aged guy. Without hope we're all just mass without gravity.

James said...

Oh, I am hopeful Da Da. Truth telling is one of the hopeful things you can do, for it is a belief in the future. Pessimism is the loss of faith in the future and that leads to deception of self and others. That's what makes kids great in a way, once they exist they are a future you can see and influence, but in the end become themselves regardless. Ow, this smart talk stuff makes my head hurt and trying to profound at this time in the morning has consequences.

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