5 for Friday: Peanuts, Monsters, Dr. Jeff, Cinderella and ‘The Toy Box’

It’s 5 for Friday time again, as we run down family-suitable shows airing over the weekend — and you don’t even need a streaming subscription (although most of this week’s entries do require cable).

Let’s get right to it:

The Peanuts Movie — HBO Family, Friday, 7 p.m.

Rated G, this 2015 feature addition to Charles Schulz’s Peanuts legacy pleased both Charlie Brown fans and parents looking for uplifting entertainment.

From Catholic News Service:

Charlie Brown (voice of Noah Schnapp) teaches moviegoers a lesson about divine providence and the power of prayer at the climax of this latest “Peanuts” outing.

In extending a feature film legacy that dates back to 1971’s “A Boy Named Charlie Brown,” director Steve Martino is scrupulously faithful to the understated tone as well as the tried-and-true chemistry of his source material. It’s a wise decision.

Top-notch values — including altruism, honesty and loyalty — prevail in a touching story well calculated to win the hearts of old and young alike.

Monsters, Inc. — Freeform, Saturday 7:20 p.m., Sunday 6:55 p.m.

The 2001 beginning of the franchise, from Movieguide.org:


MONSTERS, INC. is an animated fantasy from Pixar Animation Studios (the TOY STORY movies) about two fanciful, lovable “monsters,” who run into complications and an insidious plot when they try to return a little human child to her world. MONSTERS, INC. is a hilarious, incredibly imaginative, exciting, fabulous animated movie.


Pixar does it again! The only movie company that has produced a string of hits that are all family oriented, including TOY STORY I and II and A BUG’S LIFE, now brings us another movie where fun triumphs over fear. To those who love God’s word, we are called not to be afraid and that is exactly the message of MONSTERS, INC. It delivers this message with great joy, good characters and a fun script. The bad guys get their comeuppance, and the good guys learn how to be better.

Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet — Animal Planet, Saturday, 9 p.m.

The hit series about an outspoken Denver, Colorado, veterinarian, who owns bustling full-service, lost cost clinic Planned Pethood Plus (referring to the clinic’s emphasis on spaying and neutering pets, not to anything concerning humans) heads south in a new episode:

“Into the Jungle”: The team heads to Mexico to help desperate owners and their pets; a teenage boy and his sister worry about their sick dog; a remote village has never seen a vet.

And he doesn’t do just dogs and cats …

Cinderella (2015) — TNT, Saturday, 5:45 p.m.

From Catholic deacon and movie reviewer Steven Greydanus:

Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is such a gallant anachronism, such a grandly unreconstructed throwback, that it offers, without ever raising its voice, a ringing cross-examination of our whole era of dark, gritty fairy-tale revisionism. These stories have been around for centuries, the film seems to say. Are you sure they will be improved by making the heroines oppressed by society or their parents, making the male love interests the moral or cultural inferiors of the heroines, adding battle scenes and so forth?

As told by Branagh and screenwriter Chris Weitz (About a Boy), the tale of a much-abused “cinder girl” and a high-minded prince who fall in love at the ball is as magical and romantic as you remember it being the first time you saw the Disney cartoon.

In fact, this telling is considerably better than the Disney cartoon, which, classic though it is, has notable flaws. Until now I would have said that the definitive screen Cinderella was the 1965 Rodgers and Hammerstein TV musical starring Lesley Ann Warren, but Branagh’s film surpasses it.

The Toy Box — (premiered on Oct. 1) — Sunday, 7 p.m., ABC

Currently airing its second season on ABC, the competition series features host Eric Stonestreet welcoming inventors presenting ideas for new toys to a panel of kids and their mentors. In the end, one toy idea is chosen and sent to stores.

Sunday’s episode features a glowing flying disc, portable dollhouse, wooden robot craft kits, tower building game, hybrid mythical creature dolls, camping trip board game, and a re-imagined portable golf set.

Image: Courtesy 20th Century Fox Animation

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