Like biweekly comic book movies and Adam Sandler, there are some inevitabilities we’ve been forced to accept from present-day Hollywood. But it’ll never stop hurting to see our childhood mainstays resurrected in garish, high-octane reboots — especially when studios ignore the quieter, subtler moments from the original in favor of a modern autotuned hit. The latest trailer for the CGI animated Peanuts Movie just might be the worst offender.
Gone is the pitch-black humor of the existential self-pity Charlie Brown regularly displayed in the comics and primetime specials. Rather, this new Charlie Brown is a child romantic with hope, emotional support, and record-scratching pratfalls. (Also, given both musical cues of the Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” are the Peanuts gang supposed to be teenagers?)
Take a look at the new trailer below and despair that there’s an even worse version of Snoopy than that of the primetime specials from the ’90s.