For those of you who hate the idea of any era-specific songs in a Charlie Brown tale, this will be the deal-breaker. Should they be playing modern pop at an elementary school dance? For posterity, probably not. For a current family audience, I don’t know that jazz or classical would have sounded somehow more realistic.
The important thing is that it doesn’t seem cynical – a Peanuts movie should understand the negative impulses that lead to cynicism, but never give in to them, and so far, this still seems on the right side of the line. It also just made me realize for the first time how the dogs in biplanes in Pixar’s Up were totally based on Snoopy.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist