Snoopy in Space (quick read)

Snoopy in Space is streaming now on Apple TV.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Those of us who grew up following the adventures of Charlie Brown were delighted to see the Peanuts gang help launch Apple TV+ last month. There are no better characters to mark Apple TV’s global launch than Charles M. Schulz‘s gang, as Apple brings them back to TV for the first time since 2011. But even more exciting, Apple TV have placed Charlie Brown and Snoopy into the exciting world of NASA and space exploration.

Snoopy in Space is, in essence, a 98-minute feature film split into 12 bite-sized chunks for kids, with each episode easily digested alongside learning opportunities as Snoopy, Woodstock, and the Peanuts gang are taken from a school play to the heady heights of NASA mission control. Produced by Mark Evestaff and directed by Rob Boutilier with input from the Schulz family, Snoopy in Space wears its educational remit with pride, combining facts and information on space exploration with the vibrant comedic energy of Peanuts. Here, each episode is bound in care and love for the characters created by Schulz as the show pays homage to the classic Peanut specials that have become part of TV and animation history. However, as the title suggests, this is very much the Snoopy and Woodstock show, and as a result, the Peanuts gang occasionally feel slightly lost in the overarching story.

Snoopy in Space soars in its ability to combine anarchic fun and vibrant energy with science, reminding us of the power of animation in helping young minds explore, grow and laugh. I can only hope that Snoopy in Space marks the start of a long and fruitful partnership between Peanuts and Apple TV +.

Cast:  Christian Dal DossoHolly GorskiHattie Kragten, Isabella Leo, Terry McGurrin, Isis Moore, Ethan Pugiotto, Rob Tinkler, Wyatt White, Nicole Byer

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