Presented by James M. Tate / 3/09/2014 / No comments / 2014 , animated
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN
|2014 rating: **|
Full of pop culture references, bad puns and a relationship between dog scientist and boy doofus that borders on creepy, we get an unnecessary flashback about how the Nobel prize winning mutt wound up adopting a boy, Sherman, who, unlike his canine master, is as dumb as a box of nails.
This backstory is like explaining why a rabbit talks to a duck, why a moose lives with a flying squirrel or... well... you get the point.
After a tedious setup, the duo hops back in time to save a little girl, Penny, Sherman’s new friend that joined him in Peabody’s Way-Back Machine. If things go wrong, Peabody won’t be able to keep his son yet it's really about the adventures and misadventures within each particular timeline: From the Trojan War to a stopover at Leonardo DiVinci’s studio, the action scenes are nice to look at but the dialogue is, for the most part, awkward and unnerving, as are most of the side-characters...
Leading to an 11th hour climax combining a ton of historical exposition that, like our hero namesake, is more brainy than entertaining.