The film, like the comic strips it's based off of, follows the adventures of Charlie Brown. He's a clumsy young child trying to make his way in the world, despite messing up practically everything he does. He's close with his dog, Snoopy, who aids him through life and allows Charlie Brown to find the courage he always seems to be missing. Soon, however, a little red-haired girl (Francesca Capaldi) moves in across the road, and it doesn't take long for Charlie Brown to develop feelings for her. Romantic feelings, that is. While he attempts to plan ways of admitting his love for her (most of which end up with Charlie Brown cowering for safety and avoiding her entirely), Snoopy is off in the clouds, in search of his nemesis, Red Barron, who's at large once again. It's a simple movie that I made sound very complex. Do not fear, this is a Peanuts movie through and through, full of familiar faces. If you're a fan, you're going to love it. If you're not a fan, you soon will be.
While the story is told well, it's also the animation that's rather stunning. The Peanuts comics are 2D and hand drawn, and while this is a 3D animated film, every frame looks like it's been designed by hand. The artistry and design of these characters and the locations they're in is masterful. The thing is, since the filmmakers are going for that comic strip look, they will occasionally try out different things that they never follow through with. There's just a couple of moments where the sound effects appear as words on screen, but since the rest of the film doesn't do this as well, the words feel really out of place.
To sum up, The Peanuts Movie is a sweet, touching and funny movie that's no masterpiece, but it's an utter delight from start to finish. The animation is stunning, the humour works exceptionally well and the story is so simple that it's brilliant.