Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Cast: Allison Janney, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Mel Brooks, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ty Burrell
Director: Rob Minkoff
What's it about:
There's something sweet and innocent about this film that will touch you with its simple charm in an age of high end special effects and heavy graphics. Ty Burrell (Modern Family fame) is the voice of Mr Peabody a super intelligent dog who is raising a seven year old boy Sherman (Charles). Like any father, he wants his son to be smart and knowledgeable. To help him know about the history of the world, he builds a time machine, taking them to various eras in time. However, the spin in the story comes when Sherman finds another use to Mr. Peabody's invention, which gets him into trouble.
Custom made for kids, this film has a few heart warming moments for grown ups too. The idea to use a journey back in time and the reference to historical figures and monuments is brilliant. Burrell, who is a household name thanks to his popular TV show, is superb in his role as the protective dog. Minkoff's animation team has done a superb job of blending the old with the new.
The time travel gets exhausting after a while with too many artifacts and historical personalities getting mixed up. Minkoff, who directed the classic Lion King, tries to create the same father and son emotional bond with Sherman and Peabody. However, the effort is not quite successful.
What to do:
Kids should love this one with its simple message and some colorful animation.