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Movies of substance are often overlooked by those full of stylish action or vapid rom-coms. High on the endangered species list are remarkable family films that can both entertain and educate. But I’d gladly be proven wrong if audiences went to go see Mr. Peabody & Sherman in theaters.
Those familiar with the classic Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon will remember this dog and boy duo traveling through world history enlightening us on people of great significance and events that turned the world. They didn’t last too long, most only four or five minutes, but they were a trippy, educational break from watching Bullwinkle try to pull a rabbit out of his hat. Throughout the entire run, Peabody and Sherman stepped into their Wabac (or Wayback) time machine just shy of a 100 times and stood beside figures including Genghis Khan, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson as well as witnessing the construction of the Great Wall of China. »
- Ernie Estrella
Two big films this weekend, we have the animated film "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" and the action-adventure sequel "300: Rise of An Empire."
In "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," it feels like the 1950s all over again! The companion piece of "The Rocky Bullwinkle Show" is now a big-screen event. From the creators of "The Croods" and "How to Train Your Dragon," and director of "The Lion King," the time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine, Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell), and his adopted son, Sherman (voiced by Max Charles), are front and center in this animated film.
And, you may miss Gerard Butler in the sequel "300: Rise of an Empire," but is it enough for you to not see the sequel? Have no fear, we have a new hero in Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) who leads the charge against the invading Persian navy. But first, he must deal with the mortal-turned-god, »
Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a nostalgic reboot of a 1960s cartoon duo, follows Peabody and Sherman as they travel through time and then try to repair the space-time continuum.
The plot takes Peabody, a Nobel Prize winner and overwhelmed father, on a trip to fix what he broke during some leisure travel. In order to repair the damage, Peabody passes through history – hitting up Ancient Egypt, Florence during the Renaissance, the Trojan War and the French Revolution. Both Tutankhamen and Vincent Van Gogh make guest appearances.
Voicing Peabody is Modern Family’s Ty Burrell. Burrell’s costar in the series, Ariel Winter, voices Penny Peterson. Stephen Colbert, Alison Janney, Max Charles and Leslie Mann round out the top-billed voice actors.
Critics On ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’
Critics were naturally nervous that the beloved pair that came to be on the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show wouldn't be ably adapted to the big screen – but »
Chicago – Talking dogs have been around for decades in animated movies and television shows, especially the anthropomorphized kind. From the superhero antics of Underdog to the biting sarcasm from the likes of Brian from “Family Guy” - take your pick and you can find a dog to your liking. I always took a shine to Mr. Peabody, the intelligent and resourceful beagle with a penchant for puns.
..who had appeared in misadventurous time-traveling shorts on “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” with his pal Sherman. But that doesn’t mean I was looking forward to DreamWorks Animation’s updated take on these characters for a new 3D computer-animated feature-length film.
From the trailers, it seemed like the quirky wry comic timing of Jay Ward and Ted Key (respectively, the producer and creator of “Peabody’s Improbable History”) was getting swallowed by big action/adventure sequences and dumbed-down humor. Sure enough, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
It doesn’t get much better than going down in history as the guy responsible for directing The Lion King, but Rob Minkoff is out to hit home with families yet again with his latest animated feature, Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Based on the characters from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the 3D CGI feature hones in on the smartest dog in the world, Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell), and his adopted human son, Sherman (Max Charles). When Sherman gets into an argument with a classmate at school, Mr. Peabody invites Penny Peterson (Ariel Winter) and her family over for dinner to smooth things over. His impeccable cooking, drink-mixing and musical skills seem to be doing the trick, but that’s only until Sherman and Penny hop into his time machine, the Wabac, and run the risk of destroying the space-time continuum. Just ahead of Mr. Peabody & Sherman’s release, Collider sat »
- Perri Nemiroff
If a boy can adopt a dog, surely a dog can adopt a boy – at least, if said dog is a certified genius that graduated as the “valedogtorian” from Harvard, is a captain of industry, and advises some of the world’s top political leaders. And if he’s also capable of building a time machine. Oh, and also if he’s just desperate for his own home and family, having never been adopted from the puppy farm. Fine, really just that last one. In Rob Minkoff’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the Lion King director takes on the classic comedy of mismatched father-son duo, Mr. Peabody (the dog) and Sherman (the kid), with some impressive rewards. Loosely based on a segment from the sixties-era The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the animated outing follows the adventures of Peabody and Sherman as their personal time travel machine, the Wabac (pronounced “way back”), stirs up some unexpected complications, sending »
- Kate Erbland
DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman is about a genius dog and his adopted son who travel back in time at their leisure using their own personal time machine, the Wabac. Sounds like pure nonsense, right? Well, not entirely. There actually is a Wabac out there -- it just isn’t a flying red orb that’ll plop you down in ancient Egypt or right alongside the real-life Leonardo Da Vinci. Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) likes to use his Wabac machine to teach Sherman (Max Charles) about history by physically transporting him to some of the most well-known historic events like the Trojan War, a Marie Antoinette-hosted party and more. The real-life Wabac is the Wayback Machine and it actually got its name from the fictional device featured in Mr...
- Perri Nemiroff
When I was a kid and Saturday morning was still appointment viewing for me with hours and hours of cartoons on all three networks, I would frequently get up before the sun was even up. I'd get myself a giant bowl of whatever sugary cereal was my poison of choice at the time and plant myself in front of the set so that I had control over whatever was going to be watched well before my sister woke up. There were many weeks where I was up and ready to go before the networks even began their programming, and by default, I would put on the only cartoons playing at that hour, a giant re-run block of "Rocky & Bullwinkle." At the time, I didn't fully appreciate the lunacy of the Jay Ward productions, and it was only as I got older that I began to understand the silly word play »
- Drew McWeeny
There’s one name that almost always gets a smile from nostalgic fans of TV cartoons: Jay Ward. After all, he helped to produce one of the earliest cartoon shows during television’s infancy, “Crusader Rabbit”. But it wasn’t until 1959 that Ward unleashed his masterpiece, “Rocky and His Friends”. Each half hours usually contained two short chapters of an ongoing adventure serial starring Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his dimwitted pal Bullwinkle the moose. And in between these installments were classic features often funnier than the show’s title stars. There was the satiric “Fractured Fairy Tales”, the campy “Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties”, the fables of “Aesop & Son”, and “Peabody’s Improbable History” in which the super-genius talking dog Mr. Peabody and his boy, the excitable seven year-old human named Sherman journeyed back through the years via Mr. P’s time travel invention the Wabac machine. After meeting some historical figure, »
- Jim Batts
Are you ready for more intense stylized action and gobs of blood flying at the camera? 300: Rise of an Empire arrives minus 300 ab-tastic star Gerard Butler but with Lena Headey back as Queen Gorgo and with the addition of Eva Green as the lead villain. Yes, Rodrigo Santoro's back as Xerxes, but trust me, Eva Green's Artemisia is far more intimidating and scary. Also opening this weekend is the feature film adaptation of a classic cartoon series. Mr. Peabody and Sherman is the story of a genius dog (voiced by Modern Family's Ty Burrell) and his best two-legged friend (voiced by Max Charles) and the troubles they get into with their time machine.
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As someone who grew up loving “Peabody’s Improbable History” on Jay Ward’s animated TV series Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, I approached this CGI feature with considerable trepidation. I’m delighted to say that my fears were unfounded: this movie is a treat for diehard Peabody fans and, I daresay, for newcomers as well. Ty Burrell delivers a pitch-perfect vocal performance as the world’s smartest dog, who has to prove himself worthy of being an adoptive father to a wide-eyed human son named Sherman (nicely played by Max Charles). In the old five-minute TV cartoons, there was no attempt to explore the nuances of the characters’ unusual relationship. This being a...
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- Leonard Maltin
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the new Dreamworks Animation adaptation of the classic Peabody & Sherman cartoons is how faithful it is to the originals. The film starts very much like the cartoons did: In a luxurious penthouse apartment high above New York City, Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell), a dog in glasses, interrupts his yoga session to introduce himself to us. He’s a Harvard graduate, a Nobel laureate, a captain of industry, and an inventor of some repute. (Peabody’s inventions are a bit more up-to-date this time around: He gave us the fist-bump, Auto-Tune, tearaway pants, and Zumba.) Then, he introduces us to his son, Sherman (Max Charles), an ordinary-seeming boy whom Peabody adopted after finding him abandoned in a dark alley. Peabody is unwilling to show base emotions — when the boy says he loves him, the dog replies, “I have a high regard for you »
- Bilge Ebiri
DreamWorks Animation has established a brand, and it’s a mediocre one. Their goal is to turn out as much product as possible, and turn the hits into franchises. With the exception of How to Train Your Dragon, their movies feature lukewarm emotions, serviceable animation, a dearth of style, and humor that’s clearly delineated between jokes for kids and jokes for adults. Kids tend to eat these movies up, and they’re tolerable enough for parents. The studio’s latest, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, is yet another movie adults will have to tolerate as a smattering of weird, fun, and inspired moments occasionally break into a rote, forgettable family film. Based off the animated shorts from The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is about a brilliant, talking dog (Ty Burrell) who adopts a boy, Sherman (Max Charles), and the two travel through time on the Wabac (pronounced “way back”) machine. »
- Matt Goldberg
Title: Mr Peabody & Sherman Director: Rob Minkoff Voices: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann. Academy Award Winning Director (for ‘The Lion King’) Rob Minkoff, returns to animation with a delicious, cultured and moving flick. ‘Mr Peabody & Sherman’ is based on the characters from the ‘Peabody’s Improbable History’ segments of the 1960s animated television series ‘The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.’ In this feature the talking-Nobel-Prize-winning dog, Mr Peabody, adopts boy Sherman. On his first day of school, Sherman comes into conflict with his classmate, Penny Peterson. This will put Mr Peabody’s father role in jeopardy, when the adoption agency threatens to take the child away [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
This weekend, Sparta and the rest of Greece seek revenge against Eva Green and her Persian army in "300: Rise of an Empire," a genius dog and his mischievous boy return to the screen in "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," and Wes Anderson brings an all-star cast to "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
In "300: Rise of an Empire," Greek hero Themistocles works to rally his countrymen against the invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his vengeful commander, Artemisia (Eva Green). While Zack Snyder's original movie centered on Sparta's fight, the new "300" (directed by Noam Murro) examines the rest of Greece's preparation against the Persians -- and its subsequent rally in the wake of the Spartan bloodbath. Lena Headey returns as the Spartan Queen and Sullivan Stapleton plays the new male lead.
Plucked from the 1960s animated "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show," Mr. Peabody and his adopted human sidekick, »
- Jonny Black
As the winter wasteland of cinematic releases begins to clean up, audiences can expect a gradual turnaround in the quality of films being released. The animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman, while uneven, serves as an indicator that decent movies can be found even this early in the year.
Based on the cartoon that first appeared as part of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film follows the brilliant dog Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) and his adopted human son Sherman (Max Charles). This is, of course, a thinly veiled commentary on the validity of unconventional families. Something that is commendable and works to an extent, but at times feels heavy-handed.
Aside from the canine/human dynamic, what makes these two unique is the fact that they use a Way-Back machine to venture into different historical time periods. The geeky Sherman has been urged by his father not to speak of their time traveling capabilities to anyone. »
- Justine Browning
Based on the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman tells the story of a boy who’s adopted by the smartest dog in the world. However, much unlike the original 1960s material, this 3D CG-animated version doesn’t just feature the pair exploring the past courtesy of Mr. Peabody’s time travel machine, the Wabac; it also chronicles the evolution of their relationship as father and son. With Mr. Peabody and Sherman making its way into theaters on Friday, March 7th, Collider got the opportunity to sit down with the duo responsible for bringing these characters back to life, Ty Burrell and Max Charles. Catch what Burrell had to say about paying homage to the man responsible for voicing the original Mr. Peabody, Bill Scott, the tricks Charles used to put himself in Sherman’s shoes while in the sparse sound booth, »
- Perri Nemiroff
This weekend's "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," a feature-length, 3D animated film from DreamWorks Animation, is already notable in the sense that it's the first film based on characters from the classic series "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" that doesn't look like it's going to be a huge financial disaster.
The spritely story of time traveling dog Mr. Peabody (this time voiced by Ty Burrell) and his "pet" human Sherman (Max Charles) is adapted from the "Peabody's Improbable History" segments of "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," and was directed by Rob Minkoff (it's his first animated feature since a movie we've never heard of called "The Lion King").
With "Frozen" finally exiting theaters and "The Lego Movie" losing some of its staying power, it looks like "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," a brightly colored, lively movie that will probably rake in some big box office. The premise is appealing and a number of parents »
- Drew Taylor
Wonderfully, sweetly geeky, and full of charm, authentic humor, and the sort of goofy yet intriguing adventures that inspire kiddie curiosity in history and art and science. I’m “biast” (pro): love time-travel stories…
I’m “biast” (con): …but they’re often terrible
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
He’s the other bowtie wearing time traveler, but he predates even the original 1960s incarnation of Doctor Who. Mr. Peabody and his son, Sherman, first appeared in the late 1950s in segments on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, and in what one can only imagine is Hollywood desperation to find some previously unmined existing material –for the built-in name recognition, doncha know — they have finally gotten their own feature-length cartoon.
Fortunately for us, no one involved took the easy, lazy, way out of assuming that that built-in name recognition was enough, and they made us a movie that is wonderfully, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Based on the 1959 Us four-and-a-half minute broadcast skits, "Peabody's Improbable History", the film is a father-son bonding adventure film laced with history and time-travel.
From the stable of Rob Minkoff, who had earlier directed "Stuart Little" and "The Lion King", "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is a light-hearted emotionally manipulative film where a super-intelligent talking dog adopts a boy, rears him and educates him in a unique manner on how important events actually happened.
The first twenty minutes of the film explain how, through a judicial precedent of a. »
- Meeta Kabra
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