“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” is the 2104 take on the classic cartoon from the 1960’s. Directed by Rob Minkoff, it stars Ty Burrrell as Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as Sherman.
When Mr. Peabody does not get adopted as a puppy, he devotes his whole life to filling his head with every kind of knowledge available to both man and dog, alike. He graduates from Harvard University, wins multiple awards, one being the Nobel Peace Prize and later winning a court case allowing him to adopt a baby boy named Sherman who was abandoned by his parents.
Mr. Peabody is inspired by Sherman to build a time machine called The Way Back and takes his son all throughout time, teaching him in the coolest way about world history. On Sherman’s first day of school a bully named Penny picks on him resulting in Mr. Peabody inviting the girl and her parents to dinner. When Penny finds The Way Back, Mr. Peabody an Sherman must rescue her from time and keep their machine from ripping a hole in the space- time continuum.
As a newcomer to anything having to do with the Mr. Peabody and Sherman franchise, I was not sure what to expect from this movie at all. I mostly assumed it would be a cartoon that was at least “behind- the- times,” pun/ no pun intended. I was delighted to find that the technology in the movie was up- to-date when Mr. Peabody and Sherman were in the present, which makes the movie more relatable to kids of the 21st century.
Lately, there have been many remake of old cartoons from the 1950’s and beyond, and I like to think that many of them do an excellent job balancing things of interest to kids in this century while still staying true to the original cartoon. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” was no different. The kids in the movie spoke and dressed as though any kid would now.
Mr. Peabody takes kids on a long journey through history in a very engaging way. They go through the Renaissance Era, Ancient Egypt and many other pivotal points in history. At one point, Penny (voiced by Ariel Winters) almost marries King Tut while they are visiting Egypt. The movie is even engaging for adults. The story line is just complex enough for an adult to enjoy, but not too complex for most kids to follow.
Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5 Star rating. Although, I would rather the movie be a little bit more accurate with some of the historical events, the movie is definitely one you will enjoy as a child or an adult. And let’s be honest, the minute your kids see a movie they like, you will be watching it daily, so it may as well be one you can enjoy and that challenges your mind a little bit, right?
I have a lot to say about this movie, but for the sake of time, I will just suggest that you watch it for yourself and tell me what you liked and did not like in the comments below.