Mr. Peabody & Sherman
2014
***½
Director: Rob Minkoff
Cast: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney

Mr. Peabody is a super-smart dog, and an inspiring but somewhat over-protective adoptive father to a seven-year-old human boy named Sherman. Their relationship is put to a test when Sherman creates chaos by taking their time machine for a spin without permission. These likeable characters made their first appearance in the 1960s in an animated TV series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Now they return in a feature length computer animation. Their film is not terribly original, but it delivers 90 minutes of smart and educational fun for children and parents alike. During the wacky time travels, there are amusingly anachronistic encounters with the likes of Marie Antoinette, George Washington, Leonardo da Vinci and King Tut.