A genius dog and his mischievous human son go on a time-traveling adventure? Who WOULDN’T want to see that!? ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ is like nothing that’s hit theaters before — now find out what the critics thought about it.
Sometimes animated movies take themselves too seriously and forget that they’re allowed to bend the rules of reality to enhance the entertainment value. That is one criticism that cannot be levied against Mr. Peabody & Sherman (in theaters Mar. 7), a movie about a brilliant talking dog and his adopted human son going through the annals of history with the help of homemade time travel machine. But does the movie meet the high expectations set by its immensely fun premise?
‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ Reviews
Mr. Peabody & Sherman, about a supersmart dog and his adopted human son, breaks the curse and respects the nutty, nerdy humor of the original. This DreamWorks Animation production, directed by Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little, The Lion King) from a screenplay by Craig Wright, is not perfect, but it is fast-moving, intermittently witty and pretty good fun.
Rarely do I feel inclined to say this, but the film may actually be too smart for its own good. Many of Mr. Peabody’s “teaching moments” will sail right over the heads of kids while requiring adults to pay attention. Sherman’s frequent reaction —”Huh? I don’t get it” — will likely be echoed by many youngsters in the audience.
Against all odds, DreamWorks Animation has created a smart, funny and beautifully designed feature called Mr. Peabody and Sherman out of the “Rocky’’ segment “Peabody’s Improbable History,’’ in which a hyperintelligent beagle and his adopted human son travel through time and meet famous personages.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman gets much better when the pair go back to the basics: Traveling in time and offering a helping hand with history. Leonardo da Vinci, King Tut,Marie Antoinette and George Washington all make enjoyable cameos. Scenes in the bowels of a Trojan horse with King Agamemnon provide the most comic value.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is slight, but it’s exceedingly charming, making good use of a talented voice cast that includes Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Mel Brooks as Freud, and Stanley Tucci as Leonardo Da Vinci.
History and humor? AND talking dogs? Sign us up for this one. What do you think, HollywoodLifers, will you see it? Let us know!
– Andrew Gruttadaro