This Rotten Week: Predicting 300: Rise of an Empire and Mr. Peabody and Sherman Reviews

By Doug Norrie 10 months agodiscussion comments
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Speaking of history lessons. This is kind of the same thing, and yet on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. The little ones get to learn a bit about the past without cracking a useless textbook. Trade in your blood, guts and glory for the time-traveling adventures of a bespectacled dog and his adopted son as they work to rewrite history back to itís original continuum.

Here's the official trailer for Mr. Peabody and Sherman in case you haven't seen it yet...



Mr. Peabody and Sherman is based on a segment from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. But if you think that reference (or source material) seems dated, the flick appears anything but. Itís the newest in DreamWorks Animationís catalogue, falling in with the studioís resume for creating well-received animated flicks that include recently The Croods (70%), Turbo (67%) and Rise of the Guardians (74%). This latest looks quick, snappy, promoted for kids but accessible for adults and generally just a fun watch. Plus if the little ones learn about Trojan horses, King Tuts and Abraham Lincolns, all the better. Itís like Bill and Tedís Excellent Adventure but for nine-year-olds.

Directed by Rob Minkoff, whose other animated work includes Stuart Little 1 and 2 (66% and 81% respectively) and the way back machine to The Lion King (90%). Early returns on his latest are overwhelmingly positive with the Tomatometer sitting at 92% through about twenty-five reviews. Critics love it. I expect many of the good vibes to continue as these reviews are unapologetic in their love for the movie. Sometimes early reviews will have a vibe of, "It was good, butÖ" Not these. By and large critics think itís a winner. And the kids will learn that Ancient Greek guys said things like "Take it easy bro!" So, history lesson!
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