Lowdown: A dog has to rescue his human son who is rescuing his girlfriend from a time machine entanglement.
As far as computer animation movies designed primarily to squeeze parents’ wallets during school holidays are concerned, Mr Peabody & Sherman is an above average affair. It’s mildly educational, with its history lessons, and it will appeal to both pre-teens as well as younger teens who have reached the age where they notice members of the opposite sex are mysteriously attractive. The fact these are all wrapped up in the movie’s plot is a positive indicator by its own right.
Providing for a Modern Family actors’ reunion, we start by meeting Peabody (the very prolific Ty Burrell), an unconventional dog who is smarter than all humans and never fails at whatever he embarks upon. Of course, he’s up for a challenge with his adopted human son, Sherman: as much as Peabody prepares Sherman for the intellectual challenges of school, he fails to take social aspects into account. As a result, Sherman gets into a quarrel with popular girl Penny (Ariel Winter). In turn, this presents the powers that be with an opportunity to separate dog father from human son.
Not if Peabody can help it. He convenes the opposing parents for dinner at his house. Only that Sherman uses the opportunity to try and impress Penny with the time machine Peabody had built, and now Peabody has to be more than a host: he needs to travel to ancient Egypt, revolutionary France, Troy and Florence to save the kids from trouble. Do not worry, given this one is an American movie you will also encounter some pieces of American history. Even if a bit out of context.
The collection of funny and aptly portrayed characters, combined with the fresh plot that makes as much of the time machine concept as a kids’ film can make, work to create an entertaining adventure that even adults can enjoy.
Overall: A fresh candidate in a field littered with leeches, Mr Peabody & Sherman earns 3+ out of 5 crabs. In other words, I actually enjoyed it.