This morning I was lucky enough to attend an advanced screening of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. For those who don’t remember the 1960’s show, Mr. Peabody is a business titan, inventor, scientist, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist and genius…who also happens to be a dog. During this film, Mr. Peabody uses his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine to hurtle back in time with his adopted boy Sherman, to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. Naturally, Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, and our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge of all is being a parent.
Though this scenario could never happen in a million years, the animators and voice-over actors make Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s relationship believable & emotional at the same time. And there’s time travel to add a bit of lighthearted sci-fi to an animated film. The voice acting is the highlight of the movie. Ty Burrell, best known for portraying Phil Dunphy on Modern Family, is equally hilarious, sarcastic, goofy and endearing as Mr. Peabody. Max Charles is adorable as the innocent little kid, Sherman. Ariel Winter, also known for playing Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, is quite believable as the obnoxious and curious, Penny Peterson.
After being less than impressed with the recent DreamWorks movie ‘The Croods’ , I ended up laughing throughout the film and had a lot more fun than I expected to originally. The humor is very child-friendly, but has a great message and will keep parents and older siblings entertained.
I happily recommend Mr. Peabody & Sherman as a lovable, easy to watch 3D family movie.