Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little; The Lion King)

Starring:

Voices of Ty Burrell as Mr. Peabody; Max Charles as Sherman; Ariel Winter as Penny

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

As a baby, Sherman was adopted by a clever dog named Mr. Peabody. It’s an unusual arrangement, but they make a loving family ... until Sherman gets in trouble at school for biting a girl. Mr. Peabody invites Penny and her parents over for dinner to apologize. That’s when Penny discovers the WABAC ("way-back") machine—Mr. Peabody’s time machine—and blasts off to ancient Egypt. Peabody and Sherman have to rescue her, keep history in its proper order and get home in time for dessert.

Peabody and Sherman were popular cartoon characters in the 1950s. Back then, Mr. Peabody referred to Sherman as "his" boy and acted like a know-it-all boss. Peabody’s still in charge, but we see more love and affection this time. (The movie doesn’t make any big, political statements about non-traditional families. After all, when’s the last time a talking dog tried to adopt?)

The gang visits the French Revolution, the Trojan War and other violent, chaotic moments in history. Folks are thwacked on the head, hit and pushed. Someone is shocked with a Taser (twice). Peabody duels several soldiers. Penny and Sherman take a wild ride in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machines. Peabody and Sherman must escape a tomb full of deadly traps.

While visiting Egypt, the film references both Exodus (plagues, a baby in a basket) and Egyptian mythology. Penny is almost forced to marry the boy-king Tut. We see one adult couple kiss. There are several bathroom jokes, including a trip through the sewers of Paris.

The original Peabody cartoons were famous for their simple-but-charming animation, clever twists on history and awful/amazing puns. Mr. Peabody and Sherman can’t quite match the smarts of the original, but it does capture the fun of time travel while teaching good lessons about friends and family.

Adventures in Odyssey fans: If you listen closely, you might recognize the voices of actors Zach Callison (Matthew Parker) and Jess Harnell (Wooton Bassett)!

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