‘The Peanuts Movie’: Meet Charlie Brown’s BFF, YouTube sensation Mar Mar

Photo courtesy of Kevin Estrada/Twentieth Century Fox and Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Photo courtesy of Kevin Estrada/Twentieth Century Fox and Peanuts Worldwide LLC

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts friends are making a comeback with their very first big-screen film, The Peanuts Movie. Thanks to a collaboration from director Steve Martino and Craig Schulz, the son of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, longtime fans of the comic strip and children of a new generation can fall in love with the characters as they embark on a brand new adventure.

One of the most beloved characters from the Peanuts comic strip and television specials, Franklin, will also make appearances in the new film. Franklin is one Charlie Brown’s good friends and confidant who never has any discouraging words for his bumbling pal.

YouTube sensation and actor Marleik “Mar Mar” Walker, whose 2012 rap song “Ice Cream” garnered over 250,000 views, voices Franklin, and had a blast doing it.

“Everyone from the whole Peanuts gang was amazing,” he told rolling out. “They made you feel at home. Working with Steve Martino and Craig Schulz on this big project was amazing.”

Photo courtesy of Kevin Estrada/Twentieth Century Fox and Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Photo courtesy of Kevin Estrada/Twentieth Century Fox and Peanuts Worldwide LLC

The talented 13-year-old, who also voices a guppy named Goby on the Nickelodeon cartoon, “Bubble Guppies,” says working on The Peanuts Movie and viewing a screening of the film made him into an even bigger fan of the franchise than before.

“It was like 95 percent done, but when I see the newer version, I think it’s going to be amazing,” said Mar Mar. “I was a fan before I even got started. Now I think I’m an even bigger fan.”

Even though the eighth grader is getting bigger in the acting world (he’ll soon be working on a new Disney Channel show), his love for music remains. Mar Mar’s newest song, “Make Em (Jump)” is already on Youtube and sounds like an infectious, modern tribute to the early ’90s Kris Kross classic, “Jump.”

“I also have a mixtape coming out real soon called Mar Mar on Fleek,” he said.

The Peanuts Movie hits theaters Nov. 6.

Kacie Whaley
Kacie Whaley

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