Movie Review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Caitlin Husted, Senior Editor

Most films involving human and a dog make human the master, but the new spin on the old tale of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” shakes up this stereotype.

This film focuses on Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his rascally son, Sherman (Max Charles). Mr. Peabody, being rejected by every possible owner, devoted his childhood to science, athletics, and technological advances; that is, until, he finds Sherman, an abandoned infant, and makes it his mission to raise the boy while also passing along his knowledge. This dynamic duo uses their time machine, WABAC, to go on crazy adventures through time.

With his first-hand knowledge of historic events, Sherman makes enemies on his first day of school by showing up a fellow classmate, Penny Peterson (Ariel Winter). When Mr. Peabody invites Penny and her parents over in order to smooth things over between the children, Sherman takes Penny on an adventure through the time machine.

During their adventures, including a visit with King Tut and Leonardo da Vinci, they disrupt the time-space continuum and Mr. Peabody has to come and attempt to rescue them along with putting everything back as it once was. It is through this journey that Mr. Peabody truly discovers what it means to be a parent.

Directed by Rob Minkoff, also director of “The Lion King” and “Stuart Little,” this film’s earned over $35 million, and while it left some audience members satisfied, it left others incredibly disappointed.

According to a top critic on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, “Mr. Peabody is fast-paced and jammed with rib-poking historical references, but it couldn’t be called witty, even on the broadly winking level of the original cartoon.”

Many viewers who knew of Mr. Peabody from the show “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” thought that this version didn’t have as much bite and wasn’t as entertaining. They went in expecting the cartoon they had loved and were instead presented with a modern day cartoon that left them wanting more.

Another critic from Rotten Tomatoes countered these arguments by saying, “I had a good time with Mr. Peabody & Sherman. It’s funny, clever, well-made, entertaining and even a little touching without succumbing to outright gooeyness.”

Although this movie seemed to get mix reviews, the overall consensus is that it is a movie worth seeing at least once. It’s a chance to get a short history lesson while being entertained by the witty banter between the leading characters.