Back to an Animated Future
Having always been different Mr. Peabody dedicated his life to knowledge, sport, business and inventing, he truly is a genius and he also happens to be a dog. With his adopted boy Sherman they often use one of his inventions, a time machine, to travel back in time and experience history first hand. But when Sherman breaks a rule of time travelling the duo end up in a race against time to fix what he has done to save the future, not easy as Mr. Peabody discovers that parenting is not as straight forwards as it has been after Sherman heads to school.
Cute and fun is how "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" comes across with plenty of amusement for a young audience as we have this dog with almost super human qualities as he knows everything and can do everything from fencing to carving wonderful meals out of a water melon as well as making cocktails in a way that would astound Tom Cruise. We also get some time travelling high jinx as a series of mistakes in the past threaten to change the present especially when Sherman's nemesis from school gets her hands on it.
But whilst "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" was cute and fun, for me it didn't wow men. I can see how a young audience would definitely enjoy it as Mr. Peabody is a fun character and the animation work is slick as is a lot of the writing which mixes some kiddie gags such as "You said booby" to scenes which almost mimic more famous movies such as a scene which wouldn't have been out of place in an Indiana Jones movie. And to be honest I reckon children may learn a thing or two from it as well but as an adult there was just something missing to make it memorable.
What this all boils down to is that "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is undeniably a fun animation and I am sure young audiences will love the mix of comedy from visual humour to various gags which will even make little children giggle. But for me there was something lacking from "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" to make it the sort of animation that as a grown up I would want to watch again.