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'The Lego Movie' versus 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman': Which is more successful?

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Drawing interest from the past and from toys, both "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" and "The Lego Movie" have the opportunity to be successful films for both children and adults alike. Mr. Peabody, who originated from "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show," was known for being extraordinarily intelligent, adopting a boy despite the fact that he was a dog and traveling through a time machine. The 2014 film showcases all of these features. "The Lego Movie" takes Lego toy creations, including people and other characters, puts up an intriguing plot line and successfully draws at the heartstrings of its viewers. Audiences interested in animated films are left to wonder which movie is more successful.

Why Is "The Lego Movie" Successful?

One main reason "The Lego Movie" is successful is because of the brand name. The Lego Group was founded in 1932, and generations of people have played with the toys. Other toy companies and brands have picked up on the block's success and have collaborated with the group to make a large variety of Legos for just about any taste. These include Batman, who is featured in the movie, toys marketed to girls, "Star Wars," which is also in the film, "Lord of the Rings," Disney Princesses and Sponge Bob. Lego created television shows and other short movies before "The Lego Movie" hit the theaters, so audiences are familiar with Lego's animation. However, unlike some other toy-turned-movies from the last past, Lego's essences were part and parcel of the film, not just an excuse to make a movie.

Something else that makes "The Lego Movie" successful is the adult content. Adults understand some of the jokes and themes in the movie more than children. For instance, adults understand the meta-ending where a dad and boy share a bond over the classic toy. Towards the end when adults realize the evil substance is really just crazy glue and the thing that stops destruction is simply the cap to the glue is another joke that children did not necessarily understand. Several other "tongue-in-cheek" jokes are ideal for adults while children love the characters and toys.

The makers of "The Lego Movie," including those at Time Warner, realize the silly and mock-worthy aspects of the movie and created the movie to poke fun at itself. The overall creativity and simplicity of the film along with mocking societal norms all make "The Lego Movie" a success for every age group, and the theme of conformity versus individuality and freedom resonates with everyone.

Why Is "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" Successful?

The classic characters of Mr. Peabody with his son Sherman take adults back to their childhoods. That along with a few heart-warming moments for adults makes this a successful for older generations. Adults also enjoy the references to historical figures and monuments as the two main characters travel through time. The plot twist when Sherman finds another use for the time machine intrigues adults as well.

Children find this custom-made kids' movie made by DreamWorks to be pleasing due to the colorful animation, action and fast pace. The blend between old and new ideas and images is done in a likable manner. Children also understand the simple message of the film while exploring historical events, people and places they did not know of otherwise. The father and son bond is understandable by both kids and adults, and the visual and verbal gags please all audiences.

Which Movie Is More Successful?

"The Lego Movie" earns 8.5 out of 10 ratings according to IMDB while "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" earns about a 6.7 out of 10. Fandago.com says that "Mr. Peabody" is so-so according to critics. The site also rates "The Lego Movie" as a "Must Go!" Fans on Fandago.com say they are "In" for "Mr. Peabody" and "Must Go" for "The Lego Movie." However, Rotten Tomatoes has "The Lego Movie" rated just slightly higher than "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," with the former earning just a few percentage points more. During its opening weekend, "The Lego Movie" grossed about $69 million. "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" earns less than half that for the opening weekend. Based on the ratings and the projected total box office earnings, it appears "The Lego Movie" is the more successful of two films.

While animated movies are sometimes seen as being for children, all-star voices, relevant themes, general effects and good storylines, these "cartoons" are not just for kids. When comparing "The Lego Movie" with "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," it looks like a Time Warner film is more successful than DreamWorks this time around.

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