Of all the great cartoons just waiting to be adapted to the big screen, you would think there would have to be a better option than Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Based on the cartoon short Peabody’s Improbable History, a spinoff of the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon franchise, Mr. Peabody & Sherman tells the story of smart dog named Peabody (Voiced by Ty Burrell) and his adopted human son Sherman ( Voiced by Max Charles). The father/son duo travel through time for history lessons in hopes of getting today’s audience to care about a cartoon that was made 60 years ago.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman marked the return of the kid movie killer inside of me. All the good will The Lego Movie brought to the notion that kids movies can be fun for all ages was wiped away by the time traveling dog. Mr. Peabody & Sherman‘s story is quite dull and the jokes are lame. Mr. Peabody & Sherman is exactly what you would expect from Dreamworks Animation and their lollypop looking animated people. A lackluster attempt at filmmaking only looking to only make a buck rather than entertain.
I know I’m a self admitted Pixar snob, but Mr. Peabody & Sherman is nothing more than a Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure knockoff. The plot is quite dumb for a movie about a super intelligent dog that builds the time traveling WABAC machine. The attempts at laughs garnered mostly groans. Most importantly, I will ask the question again: Why remake Mr. Peabody & Sherman? Of all the great cartoons being left in production purgatory, Hollywood decides we would like to see this. No thank you.
Overall, I give Mr. Peabody & Sherman 1.5 out of 4 stars.
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