Peanuts Movie, The 3D

Featured In Issue 206, April/May 2016

3D Picture4.5
WSR Score4
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In The Peanuts Movie, good ol' Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang appear as you've never seen them before as the eternal optimist, Charlie Brown (Schnapp), embarks on a heroic quest, while his beagle pal Snoopy (Melendez) takes to the skies to pursue his arch nemesis, the Red Baron. Based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. (Gary Reber)

Special features include six all-new Snoopy Snippets episodes (HD 02:45), the documentary You Never Grow Up Charlie Brown (HD 30:17), the featurettes Snoopy's Sibling Salute (HD 01:55) and Learn To Draw Snoopy, Woodstock And Charlie Brown (HD 21:19), the music video Get Down With Snoopy And Woodstock (HD 02:17), the lyric music video Better When I'm Dancin' (HD 03:01) by Meghan Trainor and Better When I'm Dancin' (HD 03:08) Meghan Trainer music video, a Behind The Scenes Of Better When I'm Dancin' (HD 02:53), Snoopy's Playlist (HD 27:52), upfront previews, and a digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p MVC 3D picture exhibits exceptionally bright and vivid imagery, though, the animation is simplistic in visual character. Still, the color palette is vibrant with rich and warm hues, strong primaries, and pastels. The Red Baron fantasy sequences are richly rendered and vibrant. Contrast is excellent throughout, with deep blacks and darker scenes nicely rendered. Resolution is excellent, with textural elements nicely detailed. The 3D imagery is not particularly aggressive but occasionally quite satisfying. The focus is on depth, with few instances of out-of-screen goings on. Overall, depth is more subtle than in other animated 3D pictures, though, foreground and background objects are clearly delineated. But still, this is a wonderful 3D experience that will not disappoint the family. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack features an active, choppy cartoonish music score that is very well recorded with excellent instrument delineation, a wide and deep soundstage, and extended surround envelopment. Atmospherics, Foley, and sound effects are nicely rendered and sound convincing. At times they extend to the surrounds but generally subtlely. The music score is the active surround element. Dialogue is clean and always intelligible. Fidelity is superb throughout, making this a wonderful sonic experience that Peanuts fans will love. (Gary Reber)