Number 1000!!! – Friday, October 28th - Larry H. publishes his one thousandth movie review 1997-2022
  
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Released:  March 7, 2014
This movie’s target audience is your child, so I took my inner child.  My inner child giggled and had a good time; my old fogey Larry H.; not so much.  I attended this movie on a Friday afternoon.  The audience was made up of mothers and small children who clapped with glee and respect during the closing credits. 
 
A little history is in order in case you’ve forgotten your Rocky and Bullwinkle related characters by Jay Ward.  Mr. Peabody is a small dog who wears big, round glassed and is Einstein-smart and can figure out the answer to any problem and build any gadget including a time machine aka the WABAC.  This cute dog is so clever that he adopts a young boy named Sherman.  You need to allow your child to explain to you that there is nothing weird about this dog-parent-boy relationship because Mr. Peabody is uncannily intelligent and has the “highest regard” for Sherman.   Sherman lovingly calls his father “Mr. Peabody.”  Go figure.
 
Modern Family’s Ty Burrell is the ideal voice for Mr. Peabody and eleven year old Max Charles is outstanding as the seven year old Sherman.  The other amusing actors who joined the fun by lending their voices are Stephen Tobolowsky as Principal Purdy, Allison Janney as Ms. Grunion, Stephen Colbert as Paul Peterson, Patrick Warburton as Agamemnon, and Mel Brooks as Albert Einstein.     
 
Much of the credit for the making of this film goes to Director Rob Minkoff and Executive Producer Tiffany Ward, daughter of Jay Ward who died in 1989.  Much of Mr. Ward’s legacy, from the 1950’s and 60’s, is the production and character development of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, George of the Jungle and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.  I loved those cartoons; I mean animations.
 
A film like this will have a highly skilled and extensive art department, visual effects, and animation department.  And Peabody was also blessed to have the inspired music of Danny Elfman.  Director Minkoff and his artistic team have made a lovely, energetic movie for our kids.  Take a kid and grab some popcorn and Let It Go
 Rock ‘n Roll. 
 
Grade 86.  Larry H.    
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