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REVIEW: Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014)

The 2014 animated film “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” is a movie about two anthropomorphic dogs who travel back in time to the 1940s. They learn that they must stop their future nemesis, Pennyworth, from destroying history by changing the past.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a 2014 animated film that follows the story of two dogs, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, who are time-traveling heroes from the late 1950s.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman: A Review (2014)

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a 2014 DreamWorks film based on the episode “Peabody’s Improbable History” from Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends. Mr. Peabody is a clever anthropomorphic dog who adopts Sherman, a human kid. I had no expectations or memories coming into this since I had never watched the original animation or movie. I recall seeing the film’s advertisements and posters, but I don’t recall being very interested in it for some reason. Let’s get started.


Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) has attempted to prepare Sherman (Max Charles) for every conceivable scenario on his first day of school. Sherman has a good start since he takes advantage of any chance to demonstrate his extensive historical knowledge. Penny (Ariel Winter), a girl in Sherman’s class whom he accidentally outperforms, is enraged by this. Penny refers to Sherman like a dog and tells him to bring his food. He bites her in self-defense when she restrains him. This leads to a look into Peabody and Sherman’s personal lives. Ms. Grunion (Allison Janney) wants Sherman taken away because she believes a dog should not be allowed to have custody of a human kid. Mr. Peabody just has one more opportunity to impress Grunion and Penny’s parents. Sherman and Penny, on the other hand, take Peabody’s time machine for a ride, and chaos follows.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody and Sherman has some excellent animation. The film is bright and colorful, with wacky character designs and competent texture and scenery work. Penny was the one thing that bothered me in a negative manner. Her face, particularly the long, thick eyelashes, seems a bit too done up for such a youthful character. I found her doll-like appearance disturbing. Peabody, Sherman, and the other major characters have unique personalities, and the cartoony designs are appealing. Danny Elfman composed the original music for Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which shocked me. Elfman’s work on The Nightmare Before Christmas, Meet the Robinsons, and much of Tim Burton’s filmography are all favorites of mine. However, I didn’t think the music in this film to be very memorable. That’s OK, and I wouldn’t mind if it was a different composer. Given who was involved, it’s unexpected, and I’m wondering whether Elfman just wasn’t into the content.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody and Sherman have excellent voice acting. Peabody is played by Ty Burrell, who is smart and charming, while Sherman is played by Max Charles, who makes Sherman’s anger real. They have great chemistry, which is crucial considering the characters’ connection. For the whole of the movie, I mistook Peabody for David Hyde Pierce, both because Burrell sounded like him and because this is the sort of character he would play. Ariel Winter tries her best in the part of Penny, but her voice always reminds me of Sofia the First. I wasn’t the target demographic for that program, but I have four younger siblings, so I’ve seen a lot of things I wouldn’t have looked for on my own. If Winter has a default voice for these jobs, I don’t believe she’ll be a terrific voice actor. Penny’s parents, Leslie Mann and Stephen Colbert, are a waste of time. Ms. Grunion is played by Allison Janney, who is delightfully wicked, but I believe she should have had more screen time in the film. Throughout the film, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, and Mel Brooks, among others, portray different historical characters.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s major flaw is its cast of characters. This is usually a deal-breaker for me, but it isn’t in this case. The title characters are interesting, and their interaction is what makes the film work in the first place. None of the other characters, on the other hand, are very appealing to me. Ms. Grunion is a great character, but she barely appears twice, making it easy to overlook her as the film’s antagonist. This can be done effectively; Gaston and Syndrome are two of my favorite animated villains, despite the fact that they don’t accomplish much in their respective flicks. The former, on the other hand, sells himself via his appearance; he’s hilarious, bombastic, and one of the film’s most memorable characters. Syndrome, on the other hand, was a narrative twist villain long before it was fashionable. Ms. Grunion threatens Mr. Peabody once at the beginning of the film and then disappears until the end.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Penny was also someone I despised. Not in the sense that she’s wicked; the film, for some reason, wants you to gradually warm up to her like Sherman does. This character is a bully who feels intimidated when a student has more knowledge than she does. That doesn’t sit well with me, and she doesn’t have much of a character development to explain it. Finally, she confesses that the inquiry and timestream shenanigans were her fault, and that, yes, everything is all her responsibility. However, this does not follow a logical progression throughout the film. She just goes on these excursions with two individuals she despises and then burys the hatchet. When she begs Ms. Grunion to allow Mr. Peabody keep Sherman, I don’t believe her. She had just thrown Grunion’s inquiry in Mr. Peabody’s face minutes before. Worse, Sherman had no idea there was an inquiry going on until she did this. The film portrays this as Mr. Peabody’s fault for hiding a secret from Sherman, but I don’t believe that for a minute. Sherman is a kid, so it’s reasonable that you don’t inform him right away that he’s in danger of losing his guardian. The viewer is also supposed to forget about Penny’s harshness since Sherman has a thing for her. What was the source of this? It does not appeal to me in the least. We’re moving away from telling young girls that when a guy picks on them, it’s because he likes them. Why is it OK when the roles are switched? I wouldn’t mind if Penny hadn’t been so cruel, or if it had just been a verbal spat. She, on the other hand, had him tied like an animal in the cafeteria and publicly ridiculed him. I’m not sure why these two were put together in the end. Other characters are nonentities, such as historical figures and Penny’s parents. The sequence in which Mr. Peabody repairs Paul’s back might have been amusing, but it dragged on much too long, and the conversation fell flat.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

I enjoyed Mr. Peabody and Sherman to the point that I’m happy I watched it. It’s a lighthearted, enjoyable film with passable graphics and competent voice acting. A number of narrative decisions irritate me since I believe this might have been one of DreamWorks’ better recent films with a few changes.

Plot – 6
Acting – 8 points
Editing/Directing – 7
6 – Music/Sound
7 animations



I enjoyed Mr. Peabody and Sherman to the point that I’m happy I watched it. It’s a lighthearted, enjoyable film with passable graphics and competent voice acting. A number of narrative decisions irritate me since I believe this might have been one of DreamWorks’ better recent films with a few changes.

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