Apple TV+ today announced a new Peanuts movie, from WildBrain and Peanuts Worldwide, following Snoopy and Charlie Brown as they face their biggest challenge yet.
Slated to begin production in 2024 from WildBrain Studios, the new family film will see the Peanuts gang go on an epic adventure to the Big City, learning the true meaning of friendship, while meeting some surprising new friends along the way.
The screenplay is co-written by Karey Kirkpatrick, writer of such animated favorites as Chicken Run, Smallfoot and Over the Hedge, from an original story by co-writers Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano, the team that wrote the award-winning The Peanuts Movie.
The feature will be directed by two-time Annie Award nominee Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift), director of the 2015 hit The Peanuts Movie, and is produced by two-time Academy Award nominee Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon franchise, Toy Story, Over the Hedge).
“Fans of all ages have been enamored with Peanuts on Apple TV+,” said Tara Sorensen, Apple’s head of children’s programming. “With our unmatched library of Peanuts titles, and award-winning collection of stories that bring kids and families together, Apple TV+ is the preeminent home for Snoopy and friends, and offers a world-class selection of series and films featuring the most globally cherished animated characters.
“We can’t wait for everyone to experience this heartwarming new adventure with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang in the Big City.”
“It is so special to carry on my father’s legacy with an original story from me, my son Bryan, and his writing partner Neil,” said Craig Schulz. “We are excited to be partnering with Apple TV+ and working with WildBrain Studios to bring audiences a brand-new Peanuts adventure, along with the talented Bonnie Arnold as producer and Steve Martino as director.
“Peanuts fans have been clamoring for another feature for years, and this film will bring joy to our millions of fans around the world.”
Apple TV+ is home to the largest library of original animated series and specials featuring the globally beloved Peanuts characters, including iconic holiday specials from Mendelson/Melendez Productions and Peanuts Worldwide It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, including a free window for viewing the special on November 18 and 19.
There’s also A Charlie Brown Christmas, including a free window for viewing the special on December 16 and 17, as well as scores of the other classic specials always available to subscribers of Apple TV+.
The growing collection of Peanuts specials and original series on Apple TV+ includes Emmy Award-nominated Snoopy in Space, a series of animated shorts featuring the Peanuts gang and Snoopy as he fulfills his dream of becoming a NASA astronaut; The Snoopy Show, featuring new adventures with Snoopy, along with his best pal, Woodstock, and the rest of the Peanuts gang.
Apple TV+ is also home to the Emmy Award-winning Apple Original documentary Who Are You, Charlie Brown?, honoring “everyman” creator, Charles “Sparky” Schulz.
Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano were also executive producers on a range of new Peanuts family specials on Apple TV+, including the Emmy Award-nominated Earth Day special Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown; and Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s School, an original special celebrating educators and based on the classic Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz.
There’s also Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie, which follows endearing introvert Marcie as she helps her friends in her own unique way; Humanitas and Emmy Award nominee Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love, a sweet Mother’s Day celebration of friendship and family featuring the beloved Peanuts gang; fan favorite Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne.
Apple TV+ has also expanded its partnership with WildBrain, welcoming more new originals, including upcoming new series Camp Snoopy, featuring Snoopy and the Beagle Scouts along with Charlie Brown and friends as they enjoy an adventure-filled summer outdoors, and the charming new Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin special uncovering the origin story of one of Peanuts’ most beloved characters and how he ultimately makes friends with Charlie Brown and the gang.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype and ShockTillYouDrop.