The adventures of ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ is a motion picture from the DreamWorks animation team and Rob Minkhoff, the co-director of ‘The Lion King’ that is based on characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show. This program was an important staple in young developing minds. Filled with historical references and puns, it was a hysterical journey into history.
Despite what the general population thinks, history is not boring; it plays an important part in our lives. In an age where information is obtained (whether fact based or not) from social media outlets, this movie allows the audience to learn a little history disguised as science fiction, time travel, outlandish characters and clever dialogue filled with laughs.
The new film updates the classic dog-and-his-boy team for contemporary audiences with state of the art CG animation and 3D, while retaining the charm of the original cartoon.
In the film, Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell), who is the most accomplished dog in the world, uses his time machine The Wabac (Way back) to educate his mischievous boy Sherman (Max Charles) by traveling to historical events in time. When Sherman takes The Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.
Unlike the television show, Mr. Peabody’s is not only the smartest dog (business titan, inventor, scientist, Nobel Laureate, gourmet, Olympic medalist), he is Sherman’s adopted dad. The film looks at the relationship between a boy and his father. And as a parent, Mr. Peabody learns that he does not know everything. Consequently, he learns the one thing even a genius has to figure out – parenthood. In fact, Sherman is able to teach him about love and relationships. Although, he won the right to adopt Sherman in court, their relationship faces disapproval from outside sources. Both he and Sherman must prove to disapproving parents and government officials of the Bureau of Child Safety and Protection that they belong together.
Every school age child knows that building friendships are like time travel. On a daily basis you encounter various forms of alien life. Whether it is the cute girl in class who is a bully or a student population that views you as social misfit, you must learn the rules to survive. ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ highlights the misadventures of grade school. The movie allows the audience to see that everyone is unique and has something to offer. And, if you don’t superficially judge people, you may find a friend.
‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ is a film for the whole family that will entertain both young and old alike. For example, there is a scene that reveals how Mona Lisa’s smile was achieved in her famous portrait by Leonardo da Vinci (she is actually smiling at Mr. Peabody).
The cast includes, Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell, Zach Callison, and Dennis Haysbert.
‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ opens in theaters March 7. The film is rated PG with a Run Time of 90 minutes. It is available in theaters in 3D and 2D digital.