MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN
Comic Adventures through History
Release Date: March 07, 2014
Starring: The Voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Mel Brooks, Patrick Warburton, Dennis Haysbert, Stanley Tucci, Zach Callison, Karan Brar, Joshua Rush, Stephen Tobolowski
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: DreamWorks/20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Rob Minkoff
Producer: Alex Schwartz
Writer: Craig Wright
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, and Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox 2000/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000; Website: www.fox.com
Mr. Peabody is a genius dog, who’s adopted a little boy named Sherman. Sherman was just left in an alleyway in a box, and Peabody found him there. After adopting Sherman, Peabody made a machine that could take them back in to time, called the Wabac Machine. Mr. Peabody takes Sherman on historical adventures to learn about history.
One day though, Sherman has to go on his own adventure, his first day of school. It doesn’t take long for a bully to pick on Sherman, a little girl named Penny who feels threatened by Sherman’s intelligence. Sherman ends up biting Penny on the arm. The principle calls Mr. Peabody into his office. A social service worker, Mrs Grunion comes in to say that, if Sherman acts up again, she will take him away from Mr. Peabody.
In order to bring peace between the two families, Mr. Peabody invites Penny’s family over for dinner. Penny and Sherman go to his room. Sherman gets in an argument with Penny and takes her to the WABAC to prove his point. This is the one thing Mr. Peabody has asked Sherman not to do, but Penny convinces Sherman to take them to Ancient Egypt in the Wabac Machine.
In Egypt, Penny is smitten by young King Tut who wants to marry her. What Penny doesn’t know is that, in history, King Tut dies very young, and she would be mummified with his body. So, Mr. Peabody and Sherman must save Penny. The Wabac can’t make it home, and they must stop in the Italian Renaissance in Florence Italy to get Leonardo da Vinci’s help. The group has another issue with the WABAC and almost get sucked into a black hole, but instead gets stuck in the Trojan War. The adventure continues, but will Sherman, Mr. Peabody, and Penny ever get back home?
MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is a fun and entertaining movie. A great element is that the movie imparts history in a new way to children. Children will get inspired to learn more and hear more about what occurred in history because the movie presents the stories in such a fun way. The movie could have used only one or two historical stories instead of so many, to make the story more cohesive. The animation is excellent otherwise.
MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN has a moral worldview but does have some light New Age pagan content about Gandhi and yoga. The movie does show the evil of the French Revolution. Also, the government social worker is the villain, so the movie has a message against big government. On the other hand, a line of dialogue says the French monarchy should have shared the wealth, including the food.
The movie’s story is mostly about family, not politics. Mr. Peabody and Sherman are trying to relate as a family and grow. Sherman loves Mr. Peabody and the two are a good representation of a positive father-son relationship. The character of Penny is a bit of a troublemaker who makes Sherman disobey. Eventually, however, she learns her lesson.
MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is an entertaining story based on a popular television show made in the 1960s. This version is fun and will get children interested in history. The animation is excellent, but the storyline could have been more cohesive. Reducing the number of historical visits would have helped. Though this is the case, MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is exciting, funny, and has a positive message about family. There is some brief scatological humor, however. So, caution is warranted for younger children.