Mr. Peabody and Sherman
A big screen version of a repetitively formulaic fan-friendly cartoon like Yogi Bear is completely different from a feature take on Mr. Peabody and Sherman, the witty, intelligent and often hilarious characters created by Ted Key for Jay Ward’s The Bullwinkle Show. Every one of those segments was watchable, as they gave light recaps of many historical concepts and figures, and DreamWorks Animation hopefully stuck to that central concept without taking a WACRAP all over everything. It’s hard to go wrong with Mel Brooks as Sigmund Freud though.

For the film, the floppy-eared genius Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) attempts to smooth over a school altercation that Sherman (Max Charles) gets into with Penny Peterson (Ariel Winter), assuming that inviting the Petersons over for dinner will be a good tactic. Unfortunately, Sherman messes around with the WABAC machine and throws a wrench into human history, so it’s up to Mr. Peabody to head back in time to see if he can repair it all before it’s too late. Time travel allows for endless comedic potential, and the stellar supporting voice cast – including Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Allison Janney and Lake Bell – are confidence builders, but will Rob Minkoff’s final product stand the test of time?
Director: Rob Minkoff
Stars: Ty Burrell, Steven Colbert, Patrick Warburton, Max Charles
Release Date: March 7

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