Mr Peabody & Sherman (2014) Review

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Mr Peabody & Sherman (2014)

Directed by Rob Minkoff

Starring Voice Actors:
Ty Burrell
Max Charles
Leslie Mann
Stephen Colbert
Ariel Winter
Allison Janney
Stephen Tobolowsky
Mel Brooks

Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Bullwinkle Studios

Running time: 92 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film based on the characters from the Peabody’s Improbable History segments of the 1960s animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

(A genius dog teaches his adopted human son about history by taking him there using a time machine. It’s like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure but not as cool or fun or good.)

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My Opinion:

This one will be quick – I promise! I didn’t like this movie. I’m never sure if I should write reviews of kids’ films from their perspective or mine. As an adult, you’re unlikely to enjoy this one. As a kid? I don’t know – I think it’s not aimed at a wide enough age range. I’d say this is maybe best for those between the ages of 6 & 9? There are too many “clever” jokes & puns and, of course, all the history lessons that the very young won’t understand. And I don’t think it’s funny enough or feels “grown-up” enough for anyone of ten or older to really be bothered about it. It’s a pretty typical animated kids’ film – It’s not one that the entire family can enjoy, no matter what age. Why can only Disney & Pixar achieve that perfect balance? I know I say that all the time but it really doesn’t seem that difficult.

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My biggest complaint about this movie is the above girl. She’s a HORRIBLE character! She’s a very bad example for any young girls watching this. She’s a spoiled little shit! And I’m not giving anything away by stating the obvious fact that she changes a bit through the film and becomes nicer. But it’s not enough! She’s still pretty awful through the whole thing. And people complain about Disney not having the best role models for girls sometimes? Those films always have a moral, even if the girls always have to be “pretty”. But the girl in this is mean for no reason and never apologizes and keeps having to be rescued and, honestly, I was like “Leave her stuck in history! We have enough bitches like this in 2014!”. And what’s with all the eyeliner? She’s meant to be, like, eight!

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Anyway. Rant over. I didn’t like this. I’m old but even I barely remember Rocky & Bullwinkle. I’m not sure why they’ve chosen to make this film as these characters will mean nothing to current kids. I guess they’re trying to re-introduce them to a new generation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. I can’t see these characters catching on again based on this film. It’s kind of a shame – it’s a decent enough idea and, with a time machine, there are SO many stories (and sequels) that could be done. I’m sure they just made this with sequel dollar signs in their eyes. But, man, they really could have done a better job with this one.

My Rating: 4.5/10

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41 thoughts on “Mr Peabody & Sherman (2014) Review

    • Thanks! : ) Yeah – I should watch that one again. Not seen that in years! Man this movie was disappointing. And there was potential for a good story! The girl really ruined it more than anything…

  1. The transition on Cinema Parrot Disco is Boobs > A Movie About Obscure Cartoon Characters From the 60s to…. ??? What’s next???? An 80s porn???? This is a strange choice for a big screen movie – seems like it should have been a Saturday morning cartoon first. maybe it is. I have no fucking idea. No one tells me anything and I don’t know nothing.

  2. I am a huge Rocky and Bullwinkle fan, and it sounds like this movie only wated to cash in on the name alone and have nothing to do with the actual short of Peabody & Sherman on the show. . Not sure who this was written for either. Kids dont care about old cartoons from the 60’s and most fans of the show dont want to see it become all CGI. Great review

    • Thanks! And…. Exactly! Kids don’t know these characters and adults who were fans of the show won’t like this version. It really is kind of confusing trying to figure out who this is actually aimed at. It may have worked well as a brand new TV show for kids where the two of them go back in time to a different event each show. I don’t know why they didn’t try that instead…

  3. nice review! I’d actually heard of this one because of it being referenced in Back to the Future (1985) πŸ™‚

    I might actually still try to see it. who knows at this point πŸ™‚

  4. Watched and reviewed this the other day and agree very much – really disliked her character which prevented me from caring much about her plight and didn’t think Sherman would be attracted to her after how she treated him. Also thought Peabody was just too perfect in the sense that there was no drama/suspense about him coming up with an idea to always get out of predicaments. But, as a 24 year old, I enjoyed the humour and overall had fun watching it.

    • Yeah – I really wish they hadn’t made the girl SO unlikeable! Otherwise I wouldn’t have had quite as much of a problem with it. Mr Peabody & Sherman were decent enough characters & going back in time to big historical events can be really fun. They just could have done so much more with the movie. :-/

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  6. So I had to drive to Jersey today, and I’m sitting in GWB traffic when I see this massive billboard of Peabody in a Playboy pose, lounging out and showing off his fur. The tag reads: THE DOGFATHER OF ALL COMEDIES. I knew this movie could be nothing more than the drizzling shits if this is the crap they came up with. One, its not a good pun at all. Two, the story is about a dog and his pet human who TRAVEL THROUGH TIME. And the best you could come up with was “dogfather?” I’m sorry you had to see this.

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