The kids and I saw an early screening of Mr. Peabody & Sherman earlier in the week. The animated film is based on an old TV series. I have never seen the cartoon, but I’m guessing fans of the show will find the movie nostalgic and charming. Kids will also love the film for the cute characters and humor. As for everyone else, I think most people will like the main character and the idea of a dog adopting a human. Most people will also like the witty puns in the film. However, parts of the film dragged and the story became a mess near the end. But overall, I think Mr. Peabody & Sherman will appeal to both young and old alike. Mr. Peabody & Sherman (DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox) opens in theaters today.
6 Things About Mr. Peabody & Sherman
A dog adopts a human baby
The main character is Mr. Peabody. He’s a dog. Mr. Peabody isn’t just any dog. He can talk and he’s very smart. Apparently, he used his brain to become very wealthy. He also has a son named Sherman. And here’s the kicker, his son is human. Mr. Peabody found Sherman in an alley when he was a baby. He loved the baby so he adopted him. A dog with a human son — isn’t that funny? In my opinion, this idea is one of the best parts of the film.
It’s a sci-fi story about parenthood
In the story, Mr. Peabody uses his WABAC machine to travel back in time with Sherman. In their travel, they see Marie Antoinette, King Tut, Leonardo da Vinci, Agamemnon and other historical figures. But things go wrong when Sherman and a classmate take the time machine for a joy ride. When they try to fix a problem, they end up making it worst. But even with this time travel storyline, the movie isn’t really a sci-fi story. It’s actually a story about a dad and his son. At the end of the story, the son realizes he rather be a dog if that meant he can be like Mr. Peabody. Like any dad, this makes Mr. Peabody proud and happy to have a son like Sherman.
There’s a creepy boy
In the story, Leonardo da Vinci has a baby. Leonardo actually made the boy out of wood like Pinocchio, except he’s kinda of robotic. The boy is also creepy. Everyone thinks so, even da Vinci. Here’s the weird thing, I actually like the creepy kid. He’s only in a few scenes, but he’s funny whenever he appears.
The witty puns will make adults laugh
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is one of those films that try to appeal to both children and parents. There are plenty of gags that will make kids laugh. And there also plenty of witty puns that will make grown-ups laugh too. In fact, I think more adults laughed at the movie screening than kids.
The modern dad is a dog
The main character, Mr. Peabody, was voiced by Ty Burrell. He’s the funny dad on Modern Family. I love that show. Mr. Peabody & Sherman also featured the voices of Max Charles (Sherman), Ariel Winter (Penny Peterson), Stephen Colbert (Paul Peterson), Leslie Mann (Patty Peterson), Stanley Tucci (Leonardo da Vinci), Lake Bell (Mona Lisa), Lauri Fraser (Marie Antoinette / Egyptian Woman), Patrick Warburton (Agamemnon), Guillaume Aretos (Robespierre), Patrice A. Musick (Teacher), Karan Brar (Mason), Joshua Rush (Carl), Stephen Tobolowsky (Principal Purdy), Allison Janney (Ms. Grunion), Dennis Haysbert (Judge), Zach Callison (King Tut), and Steve Valentine (Ay). Mr. Peabody & Sherman was directed by Rob Minkoff.
It’s 92 minutes, but seems longer
Mr. Peabody & Sherman has a runtime of about 92 minutes, which is typical for animated films. However, because the movie dragged at times, the film seemed longer to me. BTW, the movie is rated PG for some mild action and brief rude humor. There wasn’t anything scary or intense in the film. However, there was a scene that involved disembowelment. It’s not gory, just a teeny bit gross.