Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Mr. Peabody & Sherman offers a surprisingly entertaining burst of colorful all-ages fun, despite its dated source material and rather convoluted plot.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for some mild action and brief rude humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael McCullers, Craig Wright
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2014
Box Office: $111.5M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

Cast


as Mr. Peabody

as Sherman

as Paul Peterson

as Ms. Grunion

as Penny Peterson

as Patty Peterson

as Agamemnon

as Leonardo da Vinci

as Albert Einstein

as Mona Lisa

as King Tut

as Principal Purdy

as Marie Antoinette/Egy...

as Robespierre

as Teacher

as Mason

as WABAC Machine

as Odysseus

as French Peasant/Taxi ...

as French Peasant

as French Peasant

as French Peasant

as French Guard

as Egyptian Spectator/I...

as Italian Peasant #2

as Creepy Boy

as Abraham Lincoln/Geor...
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Peabody & Sherman

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (24)

A flawless remake that maintains the eccentric tone and wit of the original animated shorts.

Full Review… | November 14, 2014
Cinema Crazed

This film is inventive, fascinating and endearing but also sketch-lite, a trifle dull in colour-muting 3D and emotionally detached.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

This DreamWorks release avoids emotion in favor of toon-time movement.

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
The Virginian-Pilot

I'll be doggoned if 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' isn't a refreshing 'paws' from the run-of-the-mill movies that often serve as family entertainment

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The film has an excellent pro-education, pro-history, pro-science, pro-geek, pro-nerd, pro-smart message, a swathe of historical tidbits, and awesome progressive details such as a schoolmate in a wheelchair for no plot reason (and never commented on).

Full Review… | April 22, 2014
ABC Radio (Australia)

...a vehicle that's as empty as it is entertaining.

Full Review… | April 21, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Mr. Peabody & Sherman

½

Time travel again, and this time with a view towards taking the kids along for the ride (though there's meat for the adult historical film aficionado as well). Many of the usual stops are included: ancient Egypt, the battle of Troy, the Renaissance, the French Revolution, but no battle of Waterloo. So it goes. Still mainly a fun outing down the corridors of history ... in the WayBack Machine with some old friends lovingly updated for a new generation.

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Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

2014 has been an odd year for animated movies. There have been a lot more misses than hits, but this is a surefire hit. Basically it's about a talking dog who has an adopted human son, and they time travel. It's very, looks great, and keeps my 3 year old very entertained. Just adult enough that you won't be bored out of your skull. Not the best animated movie of the year, but far from the worst. I have a high regard for this movie(that's a Peabody joke, I think, unless I misquoted it).

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

½

These characters are based on the wholly American cartoon show 'The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show', a cartoon that has never really been shown that much within the UK (I believe). In all honesty I can understand why because even though I'm not entirely knowledgeable on the series I have seen it here and there...and it wasn't very good really. The main reasons being the cartoon is pretty old and dated both culturally and visually, the animation has that sparse Hanna-Barbera look which I never really liked that much and the main characters just don't really appeal, but that's just me.

As for Mr. Peabody and Sherman I haven't really seen much of these characters at all, I don't recall them in any way, ditto Dudley Do-Right. So I went into this film not really knowing what to expect other than the fact it was a kids flick and it looked colourful. Seeing as these two characters adventures revolved around time travel originally its no surprise that this movie goes down the same route...duh! So naturally we are sent on a head spinning trek across time and space...albeit a pretty convoluted trek.

Yes the whole time travel idea is a tad mundane these days, you can only do so much really and we've seen it many times before. Many of the usual locations turn up such as Egypt, Ancient Greece (probably down to recent popularity with the 300 movies) and a few European countries. Most of the famous historical figures the duo meet are the regular bunch we always tend to see in time travel movies...George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Albert Einstein *yawn*. Despite all the predictable unoriginal cookie cutter themes and the story being quite messy I actually really enjoyed it, in fact the convoluted plot made the film more enjoyable I think, more zany, more interesting and in places a little intense.

I find it funny that the entire adventure happens mainly because Sherman gets bullied by a little girl in his class. Gotta remind myself I'm watching a kids movie all the time, like the whole idea that a dog can adopt a human child! even in a cartoon world that seems kinda odd. Yes Mr. Peabody is a super intelligent dog and ranks above many humans but he's still an animal, just feels strange, on top of that why does he insist on Sherman calling him Mr. Peabody? That relationship throughout the film felt strained to me, I couldn't feel any emotion between them and it reflected on me connecting with them both. Sherman does indeed feel more like a pet to Peabody even thought they both connect on a more loving parental level in the end. Am I looking into this too much?

There are some lovely CGI visuals that are bright bold and highly colourful. Ancient Italy especially looks super lovely where as the Trojan horse sequence not only looks good but is very amusing thanks to the ever hilarious Patrick Warburton and his perfect vocals. Seriously was that guy born for animated voice acting or what! Unsurprisingly all the sequences set back in time look really good and very slick, once we reach the present day things get less eye catching naturally, we all know what the present day looks like huh.

All in all I can't deny it does feel a little formulaic with the nonsensical science tomfoolery and jargon thrown at you from every angle, the kind of flashy pretty looking and hi-tech sounding stuff that looks and sounds good on screen but no one really knows what they're on about. We see this often in kids fantasy flicks. I still don't quite get why the vortex at the end starts spitting out various random famous historical landmarks and monuments and then when its reversed it sucks them all back up conveniently...don't question it, don't question the space-time continuum rip thingy. Anyway the movie is a hoot all the way through with, I think, some good quirky eye candy, fun sight gags and fun verbal.

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Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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