Starring: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney, Ariel Winter
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Written By: Craig Wright
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 32 min
Taking a small little known animated series from the 1960’s, and updating it for a modern audience is a pretty bold undertaking. Especially when your central character is a super genius talking dog who adopts a human boy. For the most part though, Dreamworks Animation, Rob Minkoff, and Craig Wright have been pretty successful. Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a lively well animated story, that’s even a little educational too. It also has a nice range of humor the entire family can enjoy.
While our heroes are jumping through time, this film works really well. We get to travel the globe, and visit important times in history. These journeys are fun, action packed, and even a little educational. Its only real failing comes from the convoluted plot.
Beyond the fun ‘fix the space-time continuum’ story, we also have Peabody’s (Ty Burrell) problem with the over the top evil social services woman, Ms. Grunion (Allison Janney). Sherman (Max Charles) has problems at school with a bully called Penny Peterson (Ariel Winter), who then turns around and becomes his first crush. There’s also story elements tacked on to cover Peabody’s trust issues with Sherman. It’s just too much. These elements and characters are not developed enough, and at times they become overly sentimental.
This is a solid animated movie, that should appeal to both adults and kids. The story doesn’t make a ton of sense, but it’s worth watching for the time traveling history lesson!
This is nicely animated, and really quite funny. A 2D matinée showing is recommended. At home a HD showing will bring out the best in this film.
Best moment for me: << Spoiler! I’m serious! >>
Near the end of the movie, George Washington pardons Mr Peabody. He’s then backed up by Abraham Lincoln. President Clinton then steps into the shot saying “I’ve done worse.” Hilarious!