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It's bark to the future; Hysterical history is a doggy delight.


MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN U, 92mins. Opens Friday THE STARS Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Lake Bell, Stanley Tucci, Leslie Mann, Mel Brooks THE STORY Mr Peabody (voiced by Burrell), a talking dog who just happens to be the smartest being in the world, has problems when his adopted son Sherman (Charles) tries to impress classmate Penny (Winter) by taking them on a trip in their WABAC time-travel machine.

THE VERDICT This is an animated delight, offering plenty of glossy 3D action for kids and enough gags and adventure to keep parents happy. Genuinely fun and packed with history, it's perfect half-term entertainment.

The original cartoons - part of the Rocky & Bullwinkle series, which barely featured on UK TV - may be lost on Brits but it doesn't matter. Let's face it, the notion of a super-intelligent dog named Mr Peabody, who has invented everything of importance and uses his time machine to take his adopted son on trips to learn about the past, is still a pretty cool one.

This snappy film then goes on to play with the whole "disturbing the space/time continuum" scenario much loved by Doctor Who and Back to the Future.

Things are all going well until Sherman gets into a fight at school with classmate Penny. Mr Peabody invites Penny and her parents to dinner, with the two youngsters asked to make up.

Sherman shows Penny the WABAC (pronounced "wayback") machine and, before you know it, the pair are off. But their antics have implications and, with the universe threatened, Mr Peabody must join them in Ancient Egypt, the Trojan War, the Renaissance (quality time with Leonardo da Vinci) and Revolutionary France.

There is plenty of 3D fun as the threesome try to put everything back in its natural historical order, with Mr Peabody's wry use of a dry pun balancing humour with all the breathless animated excitement.

4 Delightful animated romp


Adventure: Mr Peabody follows Sherman and Penny through history to Ancient Egypt
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2014
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