Review Roundup: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Dreamworks' newest animated feature, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, opens in theaters nationwide today. Based on sketches from the classic Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, the movie follows a super-genius dog and his adopted human son on time-traveling adventures.
Directed by Rob Minkoff, the animated adventure features the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell, Zach Callison and Dennis Haysbert.
Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine - The Wabac - to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history.
Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.
What did the critics have to say?
Leslie Felperin | Hollywood Reporter
"Here, screenwriter Craig Wright (SIX FEET UNDER) and director Rob Minkoff (STUART LITTLE, THE LION KING, THE HAUNTED MANSION) pay homage to the spirit of the original Saturday-morning shorts with puns a plenty and history-based high jinks. Unfortunately, somebody somewhere decided they needed to pile the sentimentality on thick as birthday cupcake frosting, even if its pro-adoption, pro-unconventional-family message is laudable." Read the full review here.
Betsy Sharkey | Los Angeles Times
"While the characters from the beloved Rocky and Bullwinkle shows of the 1960s mixed arch intelligence with kid confusion to the delight of the Saturday-morning cartoon crowd a generation ago, the big-screen adventure is more Adult Swim than Saturday morning. Those are treacherous waters to tread." Read the full review here.
Tom Russo | Boston Globe
"The cartoon adventures of time-traveling brainiac dog Mr. Peabody and his adopted human son, Sherman, had the same clever tone of everything that came out of animation producer Jay Ward's ROCKY & BULLWINKLE factory... All solid material for creating the feature update MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN. Don't dumb things down, stick to character, give the duo's WABAC machine a 3-D rebuild, and you've got your movie." Read the full review here.