This was our family movie for the weekend and it was quite the good pick if I do say so myself (of course, I picked it, heehee)!
To be honest I’d never heard of Mr. Peabody and Sherman until the Dreamworks trailer for this movie. Apparently the characters are taken from an old 1960’s animated television series called Mr. Peabody’s Improbably History. It’s really all about a genius dog who adopts a human boy as his son.
The premise of the film will already reel you in, and then it’s a ball of laughs and learning after that. The girls were hooked. They watched intently and laughed at some of the jokes. It was nice because the scriptwriting was very witty and very real, and even the flashbacks were well placed. My husband isn’t a fan of flashbacks, but he didn’t mind these ones. There was no moment in the film when Jamie felt she had to bury her head into my chest and hide with fear, which was nice for a change. And it tugged at your heart at just the right amount, without really sending you into a ball of emotions after. But Sam and I — we did get teary-eyed. 🙂
I liked it because it’s one of those movies where you learn a little bit of history in a very comical and easy way. Mr. Peabody, in an effort to teach his Sherman about the world, created a time machine as a gift to his son. They travel back in time and learn through firsthand experience, except on the day that Sherman starts school.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman looks like it could have its own new revised series (each one a different travel back in time episode, type of thing), because there really is much for kids to learn about the past.
I won’t say much more for fear of spoiling the film for some, except for the fact that I do highly recommend a trip to the cinemas for it. Assuming it’s your child’s first time inside a movie house, this might be a good film to start with. Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a movie I’d want a copy of for our DVD home theater collection, I’m currently waiting for it on Amazon. 😉
And incidentally, the newly launched short-film Almost Home, starring Steve Martin, is also quite adorable.