Today we’re talking about the 2014 film Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
Less of a consistent story and more of a series of vignettes, usually ending in a pun with more than a few fart/poop jokes.
The way it was tied in at the end was clever and overall it was inoffensive, if juvenile.
The main three characters had growth and a little depth despite themselves. I’m personally sick of the bully actually secretly likes the victim trope; it feels like setting up kids for abusive relationships.
The rest of the characters didn’t even try to be historically accurate and once you get over that, it’s cute.
I like puns and wordplay so the quips at the end, and sometimes middle, of the sketches were enjoyable.
Visuals and Music
The movie was colourful and quite well animated. Beautiful landscapes and clever use of framing.
The music was epic enough to tie the sketches together into some sort of coherent whole.
I felt the movie dragged a little at the beginning and the sketches were a little too silly even for me. Once the plot started to kick in midway I started having more fun.
It felt like there was more thought given to the wordplay than the characters or plot. Unfortunately characters and plot will stick with me.
It was a cute and fun movie, but didn’t have much substance.
Final Score: 3 stars