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Charlie Brown, ‘Peanuts’ Pals Head To Big-Screen

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Making their debuts, the "Charlie Brown and the Elusive Football" balloons start down the route of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 28 November, 2002 in New York. The balloons are based on the popular character from the "Peanuts" comic strip. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Making their debuts, the “Charlie Brown and the Elusive Football” balloons start down the route of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 28 November, 2002 in New York. The balloons are based on the popular character from the “Peanuts” comic strip. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Brown and his “Peanuts” pals are coming to the big-screen.

Charles Schulz’ beloved characters will star in their own animated film scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 25, 2015. That year marks the 65th anniversary of the “Peanuts” comic strip and the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the first of the gang’s many TV specials.

The as-yet-untitled film will be produced by 20th Century Fox and its Blue Sky Studios animation unit, the outfit behind the “Ice Age” flicks and such cartoon hits as “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”

Schulz’ son Craig and grandson Bryan co-wrote the screenplay with Cornelius Uliano, and the three also are producing the film.

Steve Martino, co-director of “Horton Hears a Who” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” will direct the “Peanuts” film.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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