DreamWorks’ new animated feature film is a treat for all ages, not because it is an animated feature film that makes for a fantastic weekend watch, but because it is educational, witty and touching at the same time. As an adult, you feel transported back to the various time zones in history that you perhaps would only have read in the history books in school or college. As a child, there is a lot of information that can be amassed in 90 minutes that shall come in handy in the child’s formative years. Hence, it is clearly a win-win situation for parents all over.
The film is based on the characters from Peabody’s Improbable History of the television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show that was aired in the 1960s. There is, however, a major rework in the story with regards to the relationship shown between Mr. Peabody and Sherman. In the film, Sherman is Mr. Peabody’s adopted son and their relationship is beautiful, to say the least. Mr. Peabody goes from being the world’s smartest being to a father, that puts everything to test. While I was a tad unimpressed with the voice-overs in the film, the overall viewing experience surely was memorable. Save a few cliches as every film has about relationships, Mr. Peabody’s super brain leaves you in awe of the entire species. Probably when you get home, you could see a far intelligent dog sitting on a rug in a corner, something that we, as humans, may have forgotten in our pursuit to ‘train’ those animals that we keep as pets. Maybe this could also work as a social message or a plea from all the dogs in the world to treat them well and call them what they were appointed to be on Earth – a man’s best friend.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman set out on a travel through time using the former’s invention called as the WABAC machine. All goes well until Sherman faces crisis at the school and through the turn of events, few important events in history are at stake of being altered forever. What’s pleasing is the accuracy at which each of these events are presented, which makes the feature a treat for history as well as sci-fi lovers. In the end, you are forced to realize the humanness in each character in the film, especially the prime ones. A dog can sure prove to be a parent and if Mr. Peabody’s tail wag doesn’t move you, then perhaps, you are deemed fit to be stone-hearted. This film is an ideal watch for all age groups, and if you remember having watched the TV series, this will be a nostalgic experience.