Ty Burrell as Mr. Peabody
Max Charles as Sherman
Ariel Winter as Penny Peterson
Stephen Colbert as Paul Peterson
Leslie Mann as Patty Peterson
Allison Janey as Mrs. Grunion
Stanley Tucci as Leonardo da Vinci
Patrick Warburton as King Agamemnon
In theaters March 7
5 out of 5
Mr. Peabody is a talking hyper-intelligent dog. He is a genius. So much so that when he was a puppy, humans didn’t really want to adopt him. As a result, he dedicated his life to pursuing science and technology. When he finds an abandoned baby, he successfully manages to adopt him and raise him as his son. Mr. Peabody educates Sherman and teaches him history by using the WABAC machine. The WABAC is a time machine in which Mr. Peabody and Sherman can visit any moment in history. Eventually Sherman has to go to a regular school, and Peabody worries about Sherman blending in with his classmates as they have never been separated before. The ever enthusiastic Sherman embraces the challenge. In class, his zeal to answer a historical question ruffles the feathers of Penny, a classmate who does not take kindly to being upstaged. She bullies Sherman and humiliates him to the point he lashes out. This causes friction with Penny’s parents and causes Child Services to scrutinize Mr. Peabody, because the child services agent strongly disapproves of a dog raising a human.
As Mr. Peabody tries to placate the child services agent and smooth over things with Penny’s parents, Sherman gets into a predicament with the WABAC. He and Penny go back in time and cause a bit of a problem, so it’s up to Mr. Peabody to save them and repair the damage they have done before the fabric of space and time unravels and obliterates our entire existence.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman is based on the 1960s cartoon that was a part of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show you may have grown up watching. Instead of trading on that history, Director Rob Minkoff gives us a straight forward story of a dog and his boy and their adventures traveling through time. There may be one or two gentle references to the original, but not overly so. You could say it’s a reboot, because it actually gives you the origins of both characters which is something that was never questioned in the original show. Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell is the voice of the enigmatic genius Mr. Peabody who’s part Sherlock and part Doctor Who. He is joined in the cast by such voices as Allison Janey as the child services agent, Stephen Colbert as Penny’s father, Stanley Tucci as Leonardo da Vinci, and Patrick Warburton as King Agamemnon.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a warm and wonderful animated escape with plenty of action and humor to keep adults as well as kids engaged. This would be a nice treat for the family. I think it’s worth a look.
Check out the trailer for “MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN” below: