Mr. Peabody & Sherman (3D)

2014-03-20 09:22
What it's about:

Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy, Sherman, use their time machine, the Wabac, to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But, when Sherman takes the Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the Universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time-traveling trio will make their mark on history.

What we thought:
3D animation breathes new life into characters from the 1960s cartoon television series Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. It’s funny, filled with puns; it bursts with colour and has the perfect mixture of both entertainment and infotainment. And there’s time travel!

Mr Peabody (Ty Burnell), a genius dog, adopts Sherman (Max Charles, The Amazing Spider-Man), an abandoned human boy. One of his favourite things to do is to teach Sherman history and so they travel back and forth between the past and the present. They mingle with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, King Tut, Marie Antoniette, Leonardo Da Vinci and Van Gogh and visit the Renaissance period the French Revolution and the Trojan War.

Everything seems to be going well until Sherman goes to school and encounters mean girl Penny (Ariel Winter) who bullies him. They get into a fight and enter Ms Grunion, a nasty social worker who wants to take Sherman away from Peabody and give him to a ‘real family.’ Peabody sets out on a plan to win Penny’s parents over and to develop a friendship between Penny and Sherman. The only way Sherman can do this though is to impress Penny with the time machine and here’s where things go horribly wrong. They whizz back and forth between time which eventually messes up the space-time continuum and father and son have to work together to fix it.

You cannot help but fall in like with these two characters. The story is essentially a father and son story. As the story develops both Peabody and Sherman undergo remarkable character growth. In the beginning Peabody is an aloof parent, he has a ‘do as I tell you’ relationship with Sherman.

Sherman is ridiculously cute when Peabody’s jokes go over his head and he will melt your heart with his earnest, ‘I don’t get it.’ Something a younger audience will certainly identify with.

Sherman is eager to please and always does everything his father tells him to do. Penny, as cold hearted as she is, does provide the catalyst for their relationship. Through her peer pressure Sherman develops self-confidence and so learns that sometimes life’s greatest adventures and self discovery comes when we break the rules.  

It’s central not so subtle theme regarding Sherman’s custody explores the topic of what is considered a ‘proper family’ in our modern society. It also explores parenting themes about children growing up and the constant struggle for parents to let go.

This is a without a doubt a must see family movie  filled with the right mixture of heart warming moments, entertainment and the bonus history lessons for the kids.

A genius dog, a cute boy and a time travelling history machine makes this a must see family movie.
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