MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN – A Review by John Strange

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By: John ’Doc’ Strange

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

Cast: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell, Zach Callison, Dennis Haysbert

MPAA Rating: PG (for some mild action and brief rude humor)

Selig Rating: FULL PRICE

Runtime: 92 Min.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman was a cartoon many of us watched in our youth, coming on during the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.  It was always my favorite part of the show.  The history Mr. Peabody showed us was always better than watching the moose and squirrel chasing and being chased by Boris and Natasha.

Rob Minkoff brings us a new look at the dog and his son.  He has updated not only Mr. Peabody’s history but given him an amazing talent with a drink shaker.  But best of all he has given  Sherman a real life so that he can have his own adventures instead of being Mr. Peabody’s “yes man”..  I hesitate to say that, yes, he has made the duo three dimensional.

Sherman (voiced by Max Charles) gets into trouble on his first day at school for biting a young lady, Penny Peterson (voiced by Ariel Winter).  This gives a bullying watchdog Ms. Grunion (Allison Janney) a opening to force Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) to give up his guardianship of Sherman.

During a visit by the Peterson’s, the kids take off in the WABAC machine which, of course, sets up the rest of the story.  This story includes eating cake during the French Revolution, a ride in the Trojan Horse and some very upset Egyptians.

Too often I find 3D to be a distraction rather than an enhancement of my viewing pleasure.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a pleasure to watch.  It was like taking a walk down memory lane and finding the reality to be even better than I remembered.  Even those who have never seen this amazing duo will enjoy the film.  I know that I did.

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The Selig Rating Scale:

FULL PRICE – Excellent movie, well worth the price
MATINEE – Good movie
DOLLAR – OK movie
CABLE – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
FREEBIE – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.
COMMERCIAL TV – Commercials and cutting to the allotted time will not hurt this one.
FORGET IT! – Bad. If you see this one, do yourself a favor and keep it to yourself.
GET YOUR TORCHES – BAD! – Burn the script, the writer, the director and maybe even the actors!

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