Mr. Peabody and Sherman {Movie Review}

by Jennifer



What do you look for in a good kids’ movie? I’ll tell you what I like in a kids’ movie, but first I’ll cut to the chase and let you know that Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a movie that I think the whole family will enjoy.

And that’s the first thing that I look for in a movie: Something the whole family will enjoy

When I screened the movie during a trip to DreamWorks Animation sponsored by them and 20th Century Fox, I was in a roomful of adults. There were lots of laughs and everyone seemed to enjoy it. There are a few requisite harmless jokes about bodily functions (you can see a couple in the trailer), but it’s the kind of movie that adults will enjoy, as well as younger kids, tweens and even teens if you have one like mine who isn’t opposed to “kids’ movies.” I don’t think that every family movie should have to appeal to everyone, but it’s nice when it does if you have kids in a wide age range.

Another critical element: Humor

There were lots of laughs. Patrick Warburton as the Trojan solider was particularly funny, and Ty Burrell’s overly restrained and refined Mr. Peabody is a source of levity too.

And then add in: A little something extra

That something extra could be a strong setting, a non-preachy message, or anything that pushes a movie over the line into an experience. I’d say that this something extra is the time-travel/historical element. There’s no real education, but I can definitely see how the fun vignettes as Penny and Sherman travel to the time of the Trojan War, King Tut, the French Revolution, and Renaissance Italy made for beautiful backdrops and tidbits of information.

It was truly an experience that I enjoyed. There’s so much room for more adventures, and I’d love to see a sequel.


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Find out more: Mr. Peabody and Sherman in theaters MARCH 7.

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Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell, Emmy Award® Winner -Modern Family), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman (Max Charles -The Amazing Spiderman), use their time machine—the WABAC—to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Patrick Warburton, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Lake Bell, Zach Callison, Dennis Haysbert
Directed by Rob Minkoff
Produced by Alex Schwartz, Denise Nolan Cascino
Executive Produced by Tiffany Ward, Eric Ellenbogen, Jason Clark

Disclosure: My travel was sponsored by DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karen Glatt March 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm

This movie looks like such a cute family movie, and I like that Mr Peabody the dog adopts Sherman and they go back in time on many adventures!


2 Carrie, Reading to Know March 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Hmm! Ok, we’ll keep an eye out for it! (We usually wait to watch them at home but are always looking for a fun new one.)


3 Kati March 6, 2014 at 10:52 pm

This sounds like a good movie to take the family to!


4 Wes Hovorka March 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm

THis looks like a good movie. Great Review!!!


5 samantha Wagner March 9, 2014 at 1:39 am

This looks like a really cute movie, and I like when animated movies can be fun and enjoyable for adults too


6 Cynthia R March 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Looks like a funny movie, yes let’s hope there is a sequel!


7 stacey b March 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

My oldest son has already been asking to see this movie! Can’t wait to take him.


8 mrsshukra March 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Sure to be a hit. Anything with a dog and Ty Burell!


9 RICHARD HICKS March 12, 2014 at 11:54 am

I can hardly wait to take the kids to see this. Sure to be a super funny movie.


10 Sarah L March 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

My nephew would get a kick out of this movie.
I’m glad I’ll like it too.


11 Amanda Sakovitz March 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

This movie looks adorable! My niece would love it!


12 Sky Evans March 15, 2014 at 1:17 am

This looks so cute, can’t wait.


13 Thomas Murphy March 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Looks like a great movie! My son will love it.


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