Mr. Peabody & Sherman is the story of a genius dog named Mr. Peabody who was never purchased and brought into a home when he was just a puppy. When he finds a baby boy on the side of the road he decides to give the boy what he never had, a home. To teach Sherman, his son, about history Mr. Peabody builds a time machine, but problems with the space time continuum begin to occur when they get lost in the past.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman was surprisingly a very entertaining movie. I was actually really surprised as to how much fun I had with this movie, I enjoyed it an awful lot more than I thought I would seeings as I am not overly familiar with the original cartoons. There's a lot of fun to have with this movie as they go back through time and make some of the most intentionally cheesy history puns that work in the scene. I may not have been familiar with the characters prior to watching the film, but I was familiar with a lot of the dates they visited and I found the jokes made to be absolutely hilarious. Understanding the importance of these events made the film all the more funnier.
The film is brilliantly written. The film features all most Sherlock Holmes like moments where we occasionally go inside Peabody's head which is thanks to the intelligent, witty, pun filled screenplay that was an absolute delight when put up on screen. The film boasts with genius and even brings the odd tear to eye which can also be thanked by the terrific voice cast, the very minor flaws about them will be mentioned later.
There's a lot of jokes that went right over little kid's heads. The cinema that I was in was nearly full with parents taking their little children and throughout the whole film hardly any of them laughed. The ones that were a little older and the adults especially found the film to be funny, but little children just didn't get it. This isn't so much a bad thing for the adults being dragged along to the movie, but if I were a little kid wanting to see the film I wouldn't be overly entertained as I wouldn't understand much of what is happening. For me this made it more enjoyable, it just didn't work for its primary audience.
When some of the characters were talking all I could picture was the actors in a studio. This is what I really hate about animations although it hardly ever happens which means I usually don't have a lot to hate about. In Mr. Peabody & Sherman when Peabody and a few of the minor characters were talking all I would picture was the actor, such as Ty Burrell, in a recording studio and this really took me out of the scene. In most scenes this wasn't the case, but for a few, especially in the first act, it's what came to mind.
To sum up Mr. Peabody & Sherman was surprisingly very entertaining, a delight to watch, witty, smart, hilarious, wonderfully voiced and features a terrific screenplay. Most jokes will go over kid's heads, but it's fine of the rest of us.