The Dallas-Fort Worth Tribune reports that Warner Bros. has a new animated video due out in March entitled, “Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.” The Schulz family agreed that the work had to stay true to Charles Schulz the late director Bill Melendez’ earlier animations. The new video will be directed by Pixar director Andy Beall (“Up,” “Ratatouille”) who was able to produce an original looking animation.
“I always thought that no matter how good the story was or the voices were, if it didn’t look right, we’d be in big trouble,” says [Craig] Schulz. “Once Andy came in, it started to look like the strips from the ’60s. All the animators said the same thing: The characters look so simple, but they’re extraordinarily difficult to animate.”
As for the cast, “We had over 100 kids come in” to audition. He personally listened to a selection of candidates while going back and forth between recordings from the 1965 Christmas special “matching voices. It turned out Andy and I agreed on every voice, with the exception of Pigpen. I never thought we’d find a Sally, but we actually had a pair of sisters who each sounded like her.”