I grew up watching ‘The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’. As a kid, I lived in a city that had a Bullwinkle’s Restaurant, essentially a much cooler Chuck E. Cheese’s. Moose and Squirrel, as they are not-so-fondly-called by the show’s main villain, and the other characters of the show are a big part of my life. That is why I was excited for ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’, and that is also why I found myself in the minority on this film. It was not what I was hoping for.
To be honest, it is hard to peg down exactly what this film could have been. It is based on a short from the old show, featuring two time traveling characters who gave not so reliable accounts of historical people. That element is actually in this film. So what did I not like about it?
Personally, I found ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ to be lacking in all the fundamental categories that make an animated film fun. There was a lack of stunning visuals, a near complete absence of jokes aimed at all members of the audience, and a sheer lack of any “adult-friendly” inside jokes. For a fan of all the short cuts from the original ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle’, this was an absolute miss of a film.
While there will more than likely be laughs for younger children, this is a film that I would recommend avoiding if you can, and if you are a parent and are subjected to ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’, do it at home where you can at least do housework or something else while the kids enjoy it.
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