If you remember growing up watching The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, then surely you would remember Mr. Peabody and Sherman in the reoccurring segment Mr. Peabody’s Improbable History. A couple of years ago they had their own movie called Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
Mr. Peabody (voice of Ty Burrell) is a highly intelligent dog with numerous skills and has invented a time machine called the WABAC, which he and his adopted son Sherman (voice of Max Charles) use to have many adventures in the past and gain hands on knowledge about world history.
Peabody and Sherman have faced many perils in the past and always came through. It’s what’s in the present where the real trouble begins. Sherman begins his first day of school and gets in trouble after being picked on by mean girl Penny Peterson (voice of Ariel Winter). I guess all the lessons of history weren’t enough to prepare him for that.
To make matters worse, Edwina Grunion (voice of Allison Janney) of Child Services threatens to take Sherman away because she believes that a dog is an unfit parent. Although Mr. Peabody is a good father, she’ll look for any excuse.
In an attempt for Sherman to make amends, Peabody invites Penny and her parents over. Apparently, the only way Sherman could make that work was for the two of them to use the WABAC against his father’s wishes. Penny eventually does warm up to Sherman, but her influence causes him to rebel against Peabody, which never happened before.
Here’s something else new. Due to a time traveling complication, the present goes into chaos as historical people and artifacts drop in all over the city and its up to Peabody and Sherman to fix it, once they settle their issues with each other.
This was a great movie based on the classic characters. It certainly stayed true to the original series with its adventure and comedy, not to mention the historical puns Mr. Peabody likes to make.