In the 50s and 60s the short cartoon Peabody’s Improbable History took kids through historical learning fun during the popular Bullwinkle Show. Now Lion King director Rob Minkoff is bringing the world’s original time traveling duo to the big screen with an all-new animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, but does it manage to keep the original magic intact or will fans wish it never traveled through time?
Mr. Peabody & Sherman follows Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine - the WABAC - to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. With the original series it was pretty much just focused on the time traveling adventures of the two, but never about who they were. This movie takes this classic series and fills in the gaps to flesh out these iconic characters like never before. Make no mistake there is plenty of time travel hijinks, but there is more to this story. This is not just an adventure in time, but the journey of Mr. Peabody’s struggles to be a parent and dealing with his son growing up as well as Sherman’s struggle of having a dog as a father. Some may argue the ridiculous aspect of a dog adopting a boy and how that could even happen, but this film actually takes you on that journey as well to let you know how these two classic characters came together. There is so much more depth to these characters that makes them almost feel like new characters, but the obvious passion for them by the filmmakers keep their original identities intact complete with Mr. Peabody’s puns. The story is not only heart-warming but also hilarious with some really laugh out loud moments for both kids and adults. The animation is a visual feast for the eyes that both looks beautiful but brings an epic feel to the time traveling and locales they inhabit. Ty Burrell of Modern Family is spot on bringing Mr. Peabody to life for the new generation as well as the rest of the cast featuring Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Dennis Haysbert, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Mel Brooks, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell, and Stanley Tucci.
This is a perfect example of how to bring a classic cartoon to a new generation without tarnishing what made the original so loved. There plenty of homages to the original here and will hopefully bring a whole new generation to love these iconic Jay Ward characters. Let’s hope that this film not only spawns numerous adventure sequels of Peabody and Sherman, but also open the doors to bring other classic characters to the big screen as well. Whether you are a fan of the original shorts or not step into the WABAC for a trip through time and space that will surely entertain.
For more information head over to http://www.mrpeabodyandsherman.com/