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Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)
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77 of 91 people found the following review helpful
My daughters liked this film a lot and me I found it entertaining, clever and VERY amusing, especially the fragments in which discreet jokes for adults were included, like the wonderful cameos by Kirk Douglas and Bill Clinton (I lost half of my popcorn because of the latter). Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

The character of Mr Peabody appeared first on "Rocky and Bullwinkle show" in the late 50s, before starring in its own TV series, "Peabody's Improbable History" in the 60s. Those series told about famous characters from the past being visited by a dog named Mr Peabody (world's greatest genius) and his pet boy Sherman. This film is a highly modernized version of this latter show.

Unlike in the series, Mr Peabody walks mostly on two legs, treats Sherman as his son and not as a pet and is also much funnier and more likeable - in the old series Mr Peabody was a colder, more distant, more cynical character. In the series Sherman was slightly dim - in the film however he is just a regular 7-years old boy, may be just more enthusiastic, cheerful and kind-hearted than most.

Raised by a highly civilized and peace-loving father, Sherman is a very gentle child - which, once he starts school makes him an ideal target for the the alpha bully in his class, the abominable Penny Peterson, a girl cute as a button, spoiled like month old steak, mischievous like a cohort of leprechauns and as mean as a rattlesnake...))) One thing leading to another, poor Mr Peabody is forced into peace talks with Penny's parents and tries to reconcile the two kids - and at that moment the REAL troubles begin...

As I already said, this is a delightful film, both for children and for adults. Children oriented fun is of course the main treat, but adults will also find a lot in this film, like some short lessons on followic topics:

"Definition of smell of victory in Bronze Age" by Agamemnon

"Comparative value of currency in American mating rituals" by George Washington and Benjamin Franklin

"Female sense of humour in Italian Renaissance" by Mona Lisa

"Everything you always wanted to know about eviscerating princesses but were afraid to ask" by King Tut

"Basic headology" by Robespierre

"Solving father issues with genocide" musical presentaiton by Greater Ajax (featuring The Achaeans)

"Pizza and ancient fortifications - analysis of a duality" by Ulysses

"Dog day afternoon - an earful" by Van Gogh

"Reflection on emptiness and fulfillment of timber" by Trojan Horse

"Raising a child - a dendrological new take on an old problem" by Leonardo Da Vinci

"Taming of a shrew - case study" by Sherman

But all of this is nothing compared to, sorry for repeating it once again, cameos by Kirk Douglas and Bill Clinton. Your children in principle will not understand them - but in the theatre where I saw this film the adults almost rolled on the floor at those moments...)))

My daughters liked this film a lot, I liked it A LOT TOO, and we are so going to buy it on DVD as soon as it is available! Enjoy!
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38 of 51 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 31, 2014
ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS (later THE BULLWINKLE SHOW) originally ran on tv from 1959-1964. Besides featuring the adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and their adversaries Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, the show also included such supporting segments as “Dudley Do-Right,” “Fractured Fairy Tales,” and “Peabody’s Improbable History.” After fifty years of sitting in the background and waiting in the wings while Rocky and Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right got their turn at the big screen in poor adaptations, the smartest dog in the world, Mr. Peabody and his pal Sherman finally get their turn.

As a nod to the original segments, MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN begins with a narration from Mr. Peabody, the world’s smartest dog. He gives a brief biography of his life and then introduces Sherman. In the original segment, Sherman was Peabody’s pet. In this day of over political correctness, there’s no way that would fly so Sherman has been promoted from being a pet to being Peabody’s adopted son. To assist Sherman in his education, Peabody created his greatest invention: the WABAC (pronounced Way Back) Machine. The WABAC is a time machine and Peabody has used it to take Sherman back in time to meet famous figures and watch famous historical events as they unfold. All of this has been in preparation for Sherman’s first day of school.

Sherman’s first day of school begins well, but some verbal abuse from a classmate causes him to act completely out of character. Sherman’s act not only causes Peabody to receive a call from the principal, but it also threatens Peabody’s adoption of Sherman. Peabody attempts to make peace by inviting the instigator of the ordeal, a girl named Penny, and her parents over for dinner. Despite her behavior toward him, Sherman is smitten with Penny and one thing leads to another and before you know it, they’ve travel to ancient Egypt and get in a jam and Peabody has to be called upon to rescue them. Their voyage home includes a couple of other side trips in Renaissance Italy where they visit Leonardo Da Vinci and ancient Troy on the eve of the Fall of Troy where they meet Agamemnon and Odysseus (who looks nothing at all like you imagine the man being).

Although things have been updated for a modern audience, MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is very respectful of the original “Peabody’s Improbable History” segments. For instance, those segments always ended on a bad pun and MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is filled with bad puns. There are references to other movies as well, such as RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and SPARTACUS.

The movie works on a variety of levels. Sherman really acts and sounds like a seven-year old boy and children will not only be able to relate to him, but will be amused with his antics. Then on the other hand, there is Mr. Peabody who really works as a vicarious figure for the adults. Besides the bad puns, he’s full of witty wordplay and makes all kinds of references that children probably won’t understand, but that educated adults will. Of course, there’s also the occasional base-level joke or visual thrown in that amuses almost everyone, such as seeing the Greeks climb out of the posterior end of the Trojan horse instead of the belly; it’s a great visual gag.

Die-hard fans of the original segments might have a little difficulty adapting to the vocals of the leads. Ty Burrell does a good job trying to replicate the visual intonations of Bill Scott as Mr. Peabody, but he does sounds different while Max Charles sounds quite different than Walter Tetley. Personally, I wasn’t bothered by that, but I know there are some that will be.

Besides honoring the tv segment it is based on, MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is just a great movie that’s full of heart. It’s a story about a father and a son and how their relationship grows and changes. Mr. Peabody has to learn to trust Sherman and let him grow up while Sherman has to find himself, but not forget where he comes from. It is a story that many fathers will relate to and there are a couple of moments in the film that I bet will make many grown men cry (I shed a couple tears).

Although, movie adaptations of tv shows rarely seem to work on the big screen, MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is an exception to that. It’s an example of a movie that successfully adapts its source material for a modern audience without losing sight of the original material. It’s a movie that both newcomers to Mr. Peabody and Sherman and longtime fans can as well as entire families can truly enjoy together.
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
I too was a little unsure of how this movie was going to be in theatres. I took my 4 year old son and his 8 year old cousin. We all loved it. The animation was really cute and the storyline was really good. To me a good storyline sells the movie. Plus, Patrick Warburn does one of the voices in this movie. I LOVE him. He's sooo funny. I was sold. We will definitely purchase this movie when it comes out on DVD. 5 stars!!!!
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2014
Ty Burell is funny! I loved it. The movie was fun and good and funny! I went to see "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" In 3d with my mom this past Sunday morning. The movie is about how a talking dog adopt a boy name Shreman and they have a time machine that can take them to every time in the past.
I can't wait to get it on DVD once it comes out! This movie is so awesome! I think it is for ages 3 and up.
I give it 12 stars!!!
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2014
I was surprised. I honestly was not expecting much from this oboe as so many of my childhood favorites have bombed at the box office. This was a great movie. My 3 year old loves this movie. Can't wait for it to come out on DVD for him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2014
I honestly didn't think I was going to like this movie very much, but was rather surprised. It was a rather fun adventure that I wasn't exactly sure how it was going to end. I personally liked how they handled the two characters and gave them more personality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2014
I saw this movie yesterday and it is very impressive!Travel in history is really funny.Dog adopt a boy and raise him up.Sherman and Penny's change of affection let me be excited,too.I love this movie and I want to get the blu-ray version.I can't wait for it!=P
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2015
Peabody and Sherman not only is a great movie but very educational even on a basic sense. It opens doors for your child to explore and ask about. Make it fun, learn and enjoy. I do everyday with my daughter. Glad I bought it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2014
Not my favorite animated film, but worth the rental. The story line was too grown-up for my 4-year-old, and she really didn't enjoy it. You need to have a basic knowledge of world history to understand the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Having grown up watching the original cartoon, I was a bit disappointed in the film. That is not to say kids won't enjoy it, but an old guy like me will just shake his head. On the plus side of the coin is the modern animation. They managed to keep the pun aspect of the cartoon, although my selective memory believes the older cartoon was more intellectual in that regard, On the negative side was the voices. I didn't like them. Sherman was okay, but not great. Peabody sounded like "Uncle Martin" from "My Favorite Martian" trying to imitate someone on "The Big Bang Theory." Hint: They named the blond "Penny."

Sherman ends up developing feelings for the most contemptible girl in school simply because she is blond with big blue eyes. When social services shows a prejudice against a dog adopting a boy, even though the court approved it, I couldn't help think there was an underlying message for child viewers that "different" parents can adopt children too. Not that I am against gay people adopting children, I just thought it was interesting for the creators of the film to introduce this side bar.

I did like Ariel Winter as the voice of Penny.

I liked the ending of past individuals using modern devices.
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