Steen: Movie Review: Dog tale for light relief

The four of us who were at Sherman and Mr. Peabody last Saturday's late show, clearly had nothing much else to do.

Sherman and Mr. Peabody

And so, after attending a funeral last Saturday, I felt the need for something light. So, yes, I admit it, I went to see Mr. Peabody and Sherman—remember the TV show?

Being older than dirt means that I’ve seen much in these four score and who knows how many years ago and I do remember the TV show, sad as that is.

Peabody’s Improbable History was a segment of the 1960s The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (coming back to you now—Boris Badenoff and Natasha? No, well I loved all kinds of animation even then, so don’t feel bad if you weren’t glued to the TV set for this stuff, you probably were doing something meaningful, like getting good grades in school.

Anyway, I wasn’t up for a race car movie like The Need for Speed, so there I was with two other people at the 9:45 p.m. show, watching an uber smart dog (Peabody, voiced by Ty Burrell) and his adopted human son, Sherman (Max Charles) and their time-travelling adventures.

This show was just OK.  I think the writers could have dealt with the bullying issue in a much better way but the characters were just as I remember them, and via the “Way Back” machine are able to revisit historical events and be part of history.

For a funnier, more sophisticated movie of a similar genre, go see LEGO. And if you’re up for it see Need for Speed with Aaron Paul.

The four of us who were at Sherman and Mr. Peabody last Saturday, clearly had nothing much else to do, and while it filled up some time, it’s not worth the price of admission.

I give Sherman and Mr. Peabody one reel and a tail wag to the smart dog.


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