Watch Mr. Peabody dan Sherman (2014) | Synopsis and Review

 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (DreamWorks Animation/Pacific Data Images/Bullwinkle Studios/Classic Media Productions, 2014) Peabody & Sherman (DreamWorks Animation/Pacific Data Images/Bullwinkle Studios/Classic Media Productions, 2014)

With a script written by Craig Wright based on characters drawn from the Peabody's Improbable History segment of the popular 1960s animated television series, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Mr. Peabody & Sherman tells the story of the smartest dog in the world known as Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell). Intelligence Mr. Peabody not only made him able to speak and understand the language used by humans but also managed to make him a successful businessman, millionaire, inventor, scientist, expert cook, Nobel laureate and Olympic medal winner. Quite an achievement huh? One day, Mr. Peabody finds a baby abandoned by his parents. After going through the legal process for adoption, Mr. Peabody takes care of the baby, names him Sherman (Max Charles) and tries hard to educate him to become an intelligent human figure.

Despite having given him a hands-on education, Mr. Peabody still sends Sherman to get a formal education. Unfortunately, the school years often have to go through with various difficulties, and Sherman is no exception. The boy gets unpleasant treatment from a girl named Penny Peterson (Ariel Winter) who then encourages Sherman to be rude. As a result of these violent actions, Mr. Peabody was then summoned to the school and given threats that his adoption rights to Sherman could be revoked because he was deemed unable to provide proper care. Trying to keep the threat from coming true, Mr. Peabody then invites Penny and her parents (Stephen Colbert and Leslie Mann) to have dinner together and talk about their child's problems. Unexpectedly, without supervision from Mr. Peabody, Sherman invites Penny to explore the past using

time machine made by Mr. Peabody. As one might expect, Sherman and Penny wreak havoc and ruin a lot of history in the past. Knowing this, Mr. Peabody then immediately invites Sherman and Penny to go back in time and repair various histories that they have accidentally damaged before.

Directed by Robb Minkoff who previously directed the legendary animated film The Lion King (1994), Mr. Peabody & Sherman gets a pretty smart storytelling boost from Craig Wright thanks to his ability to adopt various historical world events to become a series of time travel stories for the three main characters at once which will serve as a conductor of the plot of the story of the father and son relationship in the storyline of this film. With a strong touch of visual design, Minkoff also succeeded in making Mr. Peabody & Sherman becomes a story presentation that is very comfortable to watch – filled with many bright colors that fill the background of the historical story as well as presenting it with a fairly dynamic storytelling tempo.

Although able to string his story with historical records and legendary characters from Leonardo Da Vinci to Bill Clinton, Mr. Peabody & Sherman unfortunately never really able to present as a complete storytelling. The series of adventures that Mr. Peabody along with Sherman and Penny often feels like a sci-fi sketch unit presented as a comedy rather than a full-fledged, challenging adventure. It's actually not that big of a problem. But when the same formula continues to be presented over and over again without the right emotional touch in the storytelling, Mr. Peabody & Sherman finally feels monotonous and fails to appear stronger in the delivery of the story.

Talking about the emotional side, unfortunately the plot of the story of the father and son relationship in the storyline of this film is embedded too deeply towards the end of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Of course, the seeds of the plot had started to form from the very beginning even though they were still so raw and shallow. However, the full execution that is presented for too long with too short a duration makes the presence of the plot less meaningful. From the ranks of voice actors, Mr. Peabody & Sherman appear quite solid. The lineup of voice actors filled by Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney to Stanley Tucci comes with quality that is able to bring each character they play quite well.

Despite presenting a promising premise with a strong educational feel, Mr. Peabody & Sherman unfortunately finds exploration running too monotonous. The journey of the characters in traversing history in the past feels like using the same formula over and over again. At first it was interesting but over time it became quite boring. This weakness is still coupled with the inability of scriptwriter Craig Wright in maximizing the plot of the story of the father and son relationship in the film's storyline which should be able to make Mr. Peabody & Sherman appear even more brilliant from the emotional side. Apart from these weaknesses, this film is able to come up with maximum production quality, from the visual appearance to the quality of the voice cast. Smart but failed to be executed more wisely so as to make Mr. Peabody & Sherman becomes a film that is fun to watch but will be forgotten afterward. [C]

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Animation | Adventure | Comedy, 2014)

Directed by Rob Minkoff Produced by Denise Nolan Cascino, Alex Schwartz Written by Craig Wright (screenplay), Ted Key (characters, Peabody's Improbable History) Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky , Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Zach Callison, Dennis Haysbert, Leila Birch, Mel Brooks, Lake Bell, Lauri Fraser, Guillaume Aretos, Jess Harnell, Tom McGrath, Al Rodrigo Music by Danny Elfman Editing by Tom Finan Studio DreamWorks Animation/Pacific Data Images/Bullwinkle Studios/Classic Media Productions Running time 92 minutes Country United States Language English

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