The Peanuts Movie Kids Cast Interview at Blogger Bash #BBNYC #PeanutsMovie
During Blogger Bash 2015, there was a special "The Peanuts Movie" Panel with one of the animators of the film along with the kids cast, who voice the animated characters. It was a awesome getting to hear about animating the film and getting to know the kids cast.
Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.
On the panel moderated by Damian Holbrook (TV Guide) we heard from Scott Carroll, Animation Supervisor, Blue Sky Studios, Alex Garfin (Linus Voice), AJ Tecce (Pigpen voice) Noah Johnston (Schroeder voice) and Francesca Capaldi (The Little Red Haired Girl voice)
Scott Carroll shared about the idea behind making the film and how he feels about animating such an iconic brand.
"The Schulz family has been working on this story for the past 8 years—Craig Schulz [Charles Schulz’s son] and Bryan Schulz [Craig Schulz’s son], with Corneilus Uliano, have been writing it. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve been on the project for three years, and it’s one of the most special projects I’ve ever worked on.
"When we got the project, we were excited beyond belief—and also terrified. It’s a huge responsibility. We didn’t want to mess up anyone’s childhood. I’ve worked on a bunch of films, and I’ve never had so many people come up and say, “Don’t mess it up.” It was very important to us that it looked and felt like what Charles Schulz envisioned.
They (Charles Schulz’s son Craig and grandson Bryan—was) brought the property to us, so it’s been a partnership between us and Schulzes the whole way. They’re producing it. Every step of way, they’ve been there."
Then it was time to hear from the kids cast. Everyone was excited to meet the face of Litte Red Hair Girl and learn how Francesca Capaldi got the role.
Francesca Capaldi: I actually auditioned for Lucy and Sally, but when I got called back, they had me read for The Little Red-Haired Girl. So I got the part of the Little Red-Haired Girl.
I suspect for Francesca having red hair was probably a plus. After the panel I met her for a photo and she was so sweet. A truly natural pick for Little Red-Haired Girl, who I think will be the same in the film.
The kids panel was then asked "How much did you know about Peanuts before you made this movie?" I was able to capture their answers on the below video.
FC/Little Red-Haired Girl: My family loved Peanuts, and we always watched the holiday specials. They always loved, loved, loved Snoopy and Peanuts, and I always knew it and loved it, too.
AG/Linus: I actually did a little thing at a local theater, playing Charlie Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” I watched the special on Thanksgiving. When I got to know the characters, I really liked them.
AJT/Pigpen: Every year our family gets together to watch the Charlie Brown specials—except last year when we were making the movie, we all crowded into Alex’s room and watched the Charlie Brown Christmas special.
NJ/Schroeder: Every year our family had a tradition of watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special on Thanksgiving. Except last year, like AJ said, we piled into Alex’s room to watch it together.
Another question was if the kids felt pressure to sound like the characters in the specials?
FC/Little Red-Haired Girl: The Little Red-Haired Girl never spoke before, so I got to create the voice with the director in the studio. Being able to have my character speaking for the first time was so amazing.
AG/Linus: In my audition I tried to make my voice sound different from how I talk. But then my manager called me and said, “They do not want you to sound different than how you really talk! They want you to sound like you!” Now I just talk normally—and hopefully my voice won’t change a lot, because I do a lot of talking as Linus!
NJ/Schroeder: I felt pressure to sound like Schroeder until I actually studied his voice, and I found out it sounded just like mine.
While I didn't include them here, there was more questions and answers along with lots of laughter. All the kids were fun to learn about and speak with. I can tell that each one will bring something special to the Peanuts characters they will voice in the movie.
We're looking forward to seeing The Peanuts Movie when released on November 6, 2015!
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.
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