Movie review: “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”

"Mr. Peabody and Sherman," from Dreamworks.

“Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” from Dreamworks.

By Jim Tortolano  E Pluribus Unum

Thomas Wolfe said famously, “You can’t home again,” which especially applies to favorite childhood memories. When Dreamworks undertook to make a film version of the antics of Mr. Peabody and Sherman from the celebrated Sixties animated TV series ‘The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” the enterprise seemed doomed to disappointment.

However, unlike so many TV series that turned into bloated, pale imitations as movies, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” is a stand-up-and-cheer home run. This tale of a talking genius dog and his adopted human son – strange as it may seem – is simply brilliant, from the spectacular animation to the outstanding voice acting and engrossing script.

The movie extols the values of loyalty, love, family, intelligence and justice. It has enough adult asides to please grown-ups (Bill Clinton makes a slightly naughty remark) and kid humor to keep the attention of the younger set. Taken together, this could well be the best animated film of the 21st century.

Simply put, the story line goes like this.  Human son Sherman (voiced by Max Charles) gets in trouble at school, and canine parent Peabody (Ty Burrell) tries to smooth things over.  But things get out of hand when Sherman tries to impress a girl, Penny (Ariel Winter) by revealing the existence of the WABAC time machine.

Of course, most of the film is a dizzying and entertaining chase through the past, including visits to ancient Egypt, the Trojan War, the Renaissance and the French Revolution.

Throughout this romp of a movie, we get to meet Albert Einstein, King Tut, Marie Antoinette, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Gandhi and other historical figures.  Perhaps there will be many young men and women who will be inspired to study history or science, both of which figure heavily (but not heavy-handedly) in this film.

Director Rob Minkoff (and everyone associated with the movie) has given those of us who grew up with these marvelous characters and those who have never heard of them a gem of a movie that’s both wise and witty. It’s like going home and finding it just as you fondly remember it, only better.


Jim’s score: A.

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