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"Sherman, I formally forbid you to fight in Trojan War!" "But Mr Peabody, all my friends fight in Trojan War!"
on February 18, 2014
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!