Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a 2014 3D animated adventure science fiction comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
It is the first DreamWorks animated feature to feature characters from the Classic Media library since DreamWorks Animation's 2012 acquisition of Classic Media, the first animated adaptation of a Jay Ward property, and Rob Minkoff's first animated film after having co-directed The Lion King for Disney in 1994.
Mr. Peabody, a well-accomplished carnie, and his adopted son, Sherman go to the WABAC to go back to the past to learn new discoveries. But when Sherman tries to impress Penny, they accidentally cause a black hole in the world and ancient history appears. Together, they go back and fix the past and the present, to save the future.
Why It Rocks
- The CGI is brilliant and the special effects are well detailed.
- The characters are likable.
- The storyline is pretty good.
- The soundtrack is great.
- This film stays true to the source material.
- Good voice acting.
- It can help kids learn about the past.
- The backgrounds are beautiful.
- The action sequences are fun & exciting.
- This film has some heartwarming moments, like Beautiful Boy.
- The opening sequence during the French Revolution feels a lot like a full episode of Peabody's Improbable History.
- The jokes are funny and can make parents laugh as well.
- One of the most underrated animated films DreamWorks has ever made, including Megamind.
- Some of the scenes, like when Mr. Peabody was being pulled by animal control can be intense for people who like animals and small children.
- Ms. Grunion says at one point "It's okay for children to tease, it's not okay for them to bite" which can be a bad influence to kids and is obviously not true, except for the fact that it’s not okay to bite, unless someone is trying to do something heinous.
- It gets kind of cliché at sometimes.
- Poor box-office performance.
- Penny was a huge bully to Sherman in the beginning, and she was a bad influence on him as they started hanging out and then blames Sherman's influenced behavior on Mr. Peabody. To be fair, she was at least involved with the plot, so if she were taken out, the film would have been different.
Critical and user responses
The film currently holds a rating of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes based of 130 and has an average rating of 6.6/10. The films consensus says that: "Mr. Peabody & Sherman offers a surprisingly entertaining burst of colorful all-ages fun, despite its dated source material and rather convoluted plot." Metacritic gave this film a mixed or average Metascore rating of 59% out of 100 based on 34 critic reviews. Audiences polled by Cinemascore gave Mr. Peabody & Sherman an "A" based on an A+ to F- scale. Users on IMDb gave the film a "6.8 out of 10" based on 54,814 reviews.
The film grossed $111,506,430 in North America, and in other countries, it grossed $164,191,609, for a worldwide total of $275,698,039. With the film budget at $145 million, it under performed at the box office, making DreamWorks Animation write down the film.