“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” is an adventurous film that’s enjoyable for the whole family. Genius dog Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) was never adopted by a family of his own, so when he found an abandon baby, he adopted him and raised him as his son. The many adventures they took together in Mr. Peabody’s time machine, named the WABAC (way back) machine, helped Sherman to become quite a smart child.
After Sherman (Max Charles) has an incident at school with bully Penny (Ariel Winter), Mr. Peabody tries to resolve the matter by inviting Penny and her parents (Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann) over for dinner. While Mr. Peabody entertained Penny’s parents, Penny egged Sherman to learn how he knew so much about history until he shows her the WABAC against Mr. Peabody’s wishes. Naturally the two enemies end up in the WABAC, which begins their historical adventure back in time to lands far away, such as Ancient Egypt, Florence Italy during the Renascence, and Troy during the Trojan War.
The screenplay by Craig Wright was adapted from ”Peabody's Improbable History” segments that aired in the late 1950s and early 1960s as part of The Bullwinkle Show. He covered enough details about the superior dog and his boy that it let us get to know them and see how their relationship developed. Director Rob Minkoff kept the action coming throughout the movie. The animation is well done, as is the 3-D.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy the adventure and comedy in “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”. The historical aspect is another great reason to bring the kids. While it won’t be completely accurate, it will give children a glimpse into the past.
Final Grade: I give this film a B for its enjoyable story and great animation.
Release Date: March 7th 2014
Director: Rob Minkoff
Runtime: 92 minutes (1 hours and 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild action and brief rude humor.