I was neutral regarding Peanuts being done in cgi. Now, seeing this poster, I shudder at a bad design choice. Putting photo-realistic hair on top of characters whose eyes and mouths are squiggles is ridiculous. It looks like they're all wearing wigs. I don't know if the hair is made of individually generated strands or done with textures, but the detail and the specular highlights are overkill.
I'm curious to see these characters in motion. I wonder if the hair will have a lot of follow through, as that would be even more of a distraction than the way it looks in this poster.
I've worked as an animator, writer, producer and director in TV animation for 29 years. I created the cgi series Monster By Mistake.
I hold a Masters degree from York University in Cinema and Media Studies and am currently teaching animation at Sheridan College.
I can be contacted at mark(dot)mayerson(at)sheridanc(dot)on(dot)ca.