Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)


Animated movie about a dog who has adopted a boy and both run into trouble when the boy gets bullied at school. It’s kind of cute with really nice animation, but also generic and cliched in all the ways that occasionally make it a bit boring even for its short running time: the plot is an assortment of things that suddenly happen, both Mr. Peabody and Sherman are rather more cardboard than character, if nice cardboard, and I can’t imagine myself ever wanting to see it again.

It’s not that movie can’t do genuine emotion, it’s that the emotional core is based on such a artificial/constructed plot device that nobody who hasn’t been adopted and raised by a dog can really relate all that much. Sure, the trouble they both run into is sort of relatable: father-son problems, overbearing-government worker who wants to take away a kid (a hell of an annoying movie cliche), but its all very mediocre and run-of-the-mill stuff, even the whole time-travel.

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