Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (3D) (U)

Three stars

Dir: Steve Martino

Voices: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez

Runtime: 88 minutes

CHARLES M Schulz’s gang are all here, from top dog Snoopy to calamity-prone Charlie Brown, all rendered in the finest hues and sharpest lines modern animation can deliver.

Younger cinemagoers, their attentions grabbed by Pixar and DreamWorks characters, may not be as familiar with Charlie Brown as older viewers, but it should not take long for Schulz’s easy-osey charm to work its magic. Here is an America frozen in time, where life is simple, and the only people one has to worry about are one’s playground peers, and that is quite enough to be getting on with, thank you. Adults are so insignificant they don’t even have voices and simply blare incomprehensibly (isn’t that the truth).

The big hold the front page plot development in Steve Martino’s movie is a new kid moving in across the street from Charlie Brown. The boy who famously cannot fly a kite finds his heart soaring every time he sees her, but can he pluck up the courage to even talk to her? And will Snoopy help?

Never fear on the latter score. As Charlie Brown says in his many moments of innocent wisdom: “A dog doesn’t try to give advice, or judge you. They just love you for who you are.”

Sweet, charming, lovingly rendered, this is festive entertainment not to be sniffed at by dog or man.