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|Originaltitel:||Mr. Peabody & Sherman|
|Genre:||Animation, Children's Movie, Adventure|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 92 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
At the end of the 1950s, the clever Beagle saw Mr. Peabody and his adopted son Sherman as part of the popular cartoon series "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" brought the light of the TV world to the screen and traveled with their viewers regularly through time to meet historically significant characters. History lessons of the particularly entertaining kind were offered in the cartoons, which quickly reached cult status. Allusions to the time travel duo were also found in the "Simpsons" or in the hit movie "Back to the Future". And even though the series in its classic form has long since ceased to exist, the popularity of Mr. Peabody and Sherman remains unbroken. Now the unequal father-son team has finally made it onto the big screen.
To be the adoptive son of a dog is not always easy. Even though Mr. Peabody travels through time with him and experiences many exciting adventures, the Sherman doesn't save him from being an outsider in his new school who is teased by other children. When the beastly Penny Petersen humiliates him in front of the whole school, the otherwise so well-behaved boy goes nuts and bites. A found food for Miss Grunion of the Youth Welfare Office, who for a long time has been a thorn in his side that a dog was allowed to adopt a little boy. To smooth the waves and not lose Sherman, Mr. Peabody invites Penn and her parents to dinner. But the evening doesn't go the way the brilliant Mr. Peabody thought it would. Because to prove Penny that he's not a nut, Sherman shows her the Zeitomat and travels with her back to ancient Egypt, where the two are separated, despite his father's explicit prohibition. Now Sherman has to confess to Mr. Peabody what he has done, because only the brilliant scientist can bring Penny back to the present. But even when they manage to get the girl back into the Zeitomat after an adventurous escape from a love-crazed pharaoh, the adventure is far from over. On the contrary: when fuel becomes scarce and does not reach the present day, the turbulent journey through time really starts…
"The Adventures of Mr. Peabody & Sherman" tries to pack educational content into a turbulent animation adventure. The basic idea is good and "King of the Lions" co-director Rob Minkoff sometimes succeeds in making it amusing and original. But all in all the many nice ideas are buried under a mountain of flat word jokes, hectic action sequences and an overdose of icing sugar at the end. You get the feeling again and again that the makers were afraid to overwhelm their young target audience with the humorous mediation of history, which they tried to compensate with tiring roller coaster effects. It's a pity that since the introduction of 3D at the latest there is hardly an animated film left in which the heroes don't fall down, slide down or rush down somewhere at least once, accompanied by the obligatory "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Here there are simply too many such sequences, which may be technically well implemented, but which are a reason that every spark of charm is brought to extinguish.
No question, there are some really funny scenes in the movie, which not only children can enjoy. But the lovable basic idea of the old cartoons was so watered down here for an ADHD generation that it can hardly be spotted under the dominating Hau-Drauf humor. Obviously, you don't trust the little moviegoers with enough brains or attention to present the whole thing in a more subtle and clever way. It's not as if the story is completely empty of content and doesn't even have a few good, instructive approaches. But since the motto for the production as a whole is "faster, louder, more colourful", most of these successful approaches are completely lost.
Small animation fans will certainly not mind this. You will certainly find the turbulent time travel of Mr. Peabody, Sherman and Penny very funny and exciting. But "The Adventures of Mr. Peabody & Sherman" doesn't become a really good movie yet. Who could laugh about movies like "Wolkig mit Aussicht auf Fleischbällchen 2" or "Madagascar 3" and is not annoyed when Sherman says "Mr. Peabody" for the thousandth time, can still buy a ticket for this animation adventure. But those who expect more than clumsy wood-hammer humour and hectic, colourful hustle and bustle will end up wanting a timepiece with which they can travel back in time for two hours to stop themselves from buying a cinema ticket!
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