Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Theatrical Release: March 7, 2014
DVD Release: October 14, 2014
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Dove "Family-Approved"
For All Ages

Synopsis

Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, 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.

Dove Review

This highly imaginative movie will entertain kids and adults alike! Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy, Sherman, travel in the Wabac, a time machine ride that enables them to visit Moses in the bulrushes, Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution, Egypt and King Tut, Shakespeare and that’s to name just a few! Mr. Peabody is a genius, having received his degree as “valedogtorian” at Harvard!

Trouble brews when a girl in Sherman’s class, Penny, takes exception to his statement that her comment about George Washington cutting down the cherry tree isn’t correct. Of course Sherman actually met Mr. Washington, but he can’t tell her that. She picks on him and bullies him and Sherman gets in trouble for biting her. Mr. Peabody invites Penny and her parents over to dinner to try to straighten out the mess and Sherman inadvertently spills the beans about the Wabac, and soon Penny is off to Egypt!

One dilemma after another must be solved as near the end of the movie, due to a problem with the space-time continuum, the famous characters of the past including Einstein and Lincoln and a host of others, wind up in modern day New York City. The movie features high end action, laughs for both kids and adults, and terrific animation. There is a lot of slapstick and cartoon violence in the movie so parents will want to consult our content listings. The themes of the movie include loyalty and the ability to change. The humor features a scene in which several characters state, “I am a dog” in loyalty to Mr. Peabody, but suddenly a character makes the statement, “I’m Spartacus!” And it is! This will be a fun trip to the movies for families and we award our Dove Seal for all ages to this one. It doesn’t take a genius like Mr. Peabody to realize that this is a movie that is fun to watch!

Content Description

Sex: A joke is made about a "booby trap" in which a boy says, "You said 'booby!'"; a joke only the adults will get about Oedipus and how it's uncomfortable to be at his house; A couple kisses at their wedding.
Language: Butt-1; Cheese Louise-1
Violence: A lot of cartoon and slapstick violence including a man being punched and a character being whacked with a wheel; explosions, chases, sword fights; a character puts his head in a chopping block but survives; a girl pokes a boy in the chest; an ancient drawing of a disembowelment; a character is whacked in the helmet with a sword.
Drugs: A character serves a couple drinks; two men sit on a corner with empty wine bottles and they might be drunk.
Nudity: A baby's bottom is seen; Cleavage in a painting; a character holds up underwear; a character is seen in underwear.
Other: Cow flatulence, a girl throws a boy's sandwich in the lunchroom, telling him to go "fetch it"; a boy says, "I hate her" about a girl but becomes good friends with her; a boy is disrespectful to his father but he changes; a boy cries when he thinks his father died but learns the father survived; a couple of pooping comments; the mention of the Sun god "Ra"; a boy unknowingly holds a mummy's hand in the dark; a few jump scenes.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: Jay Ward & Craig Wright
Director: Rob Minkoff
Producer: Denise Nolan Cascino
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 92 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Ty Burrell,
Max Charles,
Stephen Colbert