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To the WABAC machine

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A review of 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman'

By Becca Owsley

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
Rated PG for some mild action and brief rude humor.
Release date: March 7
Runtime: 92 minutes
Rating: Smart and fun

The creators of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” take audiences on a hilarious trip in the WABAC machine to nostalgic fun with a modern twist.

Based of the classic cartoon once featured on “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” this rendition modernizes the story enough for new audiences while keeping some of the charm of the original.

The WABAC machine, pronounced "way back," is a craft that takes the duo through space and time. The film version is more futuristic but the catchy puns that were woven throughout the original cartoon remain in the film.

This trip through time is a little bit Indiana Jones crossed with “Back to the Future” and “The Big Bang Theory.” In other words, it’s a smart, funny adventure through history exploring the love of father and son, or dog and son rather.

In the words of Mr. Peabody himself, “every dog should have a boy.”

Peabody, the dog with Sherlockian wit, spends the movie trying to prove his right to parent his adopted son Sherman while detouring on a few historical adventures.

Some of the humor is geared toward the 10- to 11-year-old boy audience. If you have a 10- or 11-year-old boy, you can guess what that means.

But there are also many humorous moments that only the adults in the audience will get which is what makes this film fun. As a history buff, Peabody’s trips to various points of history are a treat and the intelligent humor laced in those time periods are an added bonus.

And like any "Doctor Who" fan, I appreciate a bowtie-wearing time traveler.

Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) voices Peabody and young Max Charles (“The Neighbors”) voices Sherman. Allison Janney (“Mom”), Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report”), Leslie Mann (“This is 40”), Stanley Tucci (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and Patrick Warburton (“Rules of Engagement”) lend their voices to the film. Even Hollywood legend Mel Brooks’ voice has a cameo in the film.

This film has enough cartoon elements for the kids to enjoy and enough humor to make adults laugh out loud. If it’s still in theaters during spring break, it could be a fun family outing that parents and older children will both enjoy.

“Peabody & Sherman” will draw in fans of the original cartoon as well as a new generation of fans and is a rare comedic treat.

Tune in next time as Ty Burrell hits theaters again in “Muppets Most Wanted” and catch the Muppetational review in next week’s edition of Pulse.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.  For movie reviews visit her reporter page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Becca-Owsley/96924584861.

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