At Scott's Cinema: MR PEABODY & SHERMAN (U)

MR Peabody (Ty Burrell), Sherman (Max Charles) and Penny Patterson speed through Ancient Egypt.

MR Peabody (Ty Burrell), Sherman (Max Charles) and Penny Patterson speed through Ancient Egypt.

First published in What's On

MAN is most definitely a dog’s best friend in Rob Minkoff's computer-animated time-travelling yarn based on characters created for segments in the 1960s TV series, The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show.

Mr Peabody & Sherman harnesses the latest digital trickery to propel the hyper-intelligent canine protagonist and his adopted son on a rip-roaring adventure, including pit-stops in besieged Troy, 18th century France and the Italian Renaissance.

Mr Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) is a talking dog, whose myriad achievements include a Nobel Prize, two Olympic medals and the invention of zumba.

As a potted history lesson, the film shoehorns facts and figures including the mummification rituals of King Tutankhamun (voiced by Zach Callison) between breathlessly orchestrated action set-pieces and slapstick humour.

Craig Wright’s smart script refuses to roll over for sugary sentiment, charting a less obvious route to our heartstrings as the four-legged lead character learns that when his son says, “I love you”, it’s unacceptable to respond “I have a deep regard for you as well”.

It’s this touching central relationship that anchors the picture, ensuring Minkoff's colour-saturated romp is a well-groomed pick of the animated litter.

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