Mr Peabody & Sherman is a totally surprising charmer. Just when I had given up on digimated kiddie comedies – too scary with those plasticky, sheeny bodies running amok on a polychrome planet Earth – here comes a time-travel story with charm, style and even wit.
Apparently it’s based on a TV series. If so, send me a boxed set. Mr Peabody is the slightly snooty dog, a science boffin and inventor, and Sherman is the boy he has adopted. They go to Marie Antoinette’s France, Leonardo da Vinci’s Italy and the Trojan war. This sequence has the best Trojan jokes I have seen or heard, and they’re all clean. Critics at the press show turned to each other in the half-dark with expressions saying: “Is my mind going? Am I missing something? Or is this actually funny?” No, their minds are not going. They are not missing anything. Nor should you.
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