“Mr. Peabody & Sherman (3D)”: Two Paws Up & A Lot Of Tail Wagging.
by Anura Guruge
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Exactly what you would expect from a modern, computer animated, 3D cartoon epic. Bravo. Thank YOU. If the disappointing “Lego Movie” was a ‘4’ and the uplifting “Frozen” was a ‘8.5’, on a scale of 1 – 10, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” has to come in at 9.75. It was pretty close to perfect. No wonder it was the top grossing movie this weekend — though our 2:30 pm matinee at the Portsmouth “Cinemagic” was deserted, with at most 6 others on top of us 4.
Very clever storyline with lots of good, solid, enduring (and amusing) historical tidbits for the kids (and possibly even for some adults). Vivid, saturated, bright color even in 3D. Decent, well separated 3D — though this was possibly the one thing they could have done better. The 3D wasn’t that pronounced or graphic. But, it was 3D nonetheless. Beautiful rendering, texture and contrast. Enjoyable, compelling and entertaining from start to finish. Lots of good humor at multiple levels. Yes, yes, yes.
Given that I did not grow up here, didn’t have TV growing up and am ancient, I had never heard of (or remember seeing) “Mr. Peabody”. Not so with Deanna who grew up in rural, coastal Maine, in the 1970s with a 2-station capable TV. As soon as we saw the first commercial for “Mr. Peabody” she went ‘gaga’ about how she had grown up watching him on TV, how much she loved “Mr. Peabody” and how we had to see the movie. Deanna loved it, though given her druthers she would rather see all this cartoons in 2D. But I am hooked on 3D. IF I am going to see a movie at a cinema I might as well see it in 3D since I can watch high-resolution, fairly large screen movies at home. One thing I wonder is whether “Mr. Peabody” might only be known by parents of a certain age bracket — and Deanna has to be at the higher end of that I think. Without Deanna “Mr. Peabody” would not have meant anything to me. So I wonder whether that was a factor as to why out showing in Portsmouth, on a Sunday afternoon, was ’empty’.
I am trying to get Deanna all of the McDonald’s toys. Managed to get 4 so far by stopping at 3 different McDonalds. Might have to stop at 2 more today. Have a feeling I might have to get the plane, that I really, really want for our collection on eBay.
I think Teischan, though she liked it, prefered “Frozen” with all of its princess motifs. She wants to see “Frozen” again. I am not sure whether this will end up as a Classic-Classic in the “Toy Story”, “Nemo” or “Beauty & the Beast” league. If it doesn’t, it will, indubitably, be in the next tier down.
Definite must see. Take the kids. Pay the extra for 3D. There are some decent 3D effects, especially when simulating time-travel.
One question that crossed my irreverent and definitely warped mind. Is “Mr. Peabody”, given that he is a dog sans a pee-pee, meant to be a PUN? Maybe it is just that our Braxton, which looks like a dappled double of the movie dog, could easily be called “Mr. Peebody” because he has such a propensity for that bodily activity.
We ended up going to Portsmouth again, as we had for “Frozen”, because I wanted to see it in 3D. ‘Cinemagic’ in Hooksett, which is where we would typically go, did NOT, for reasons that defeat me, have it this weekend in 3D. I like the new ‘Cinemagic’ in Portsmouth though it is a bit of a hike for us. It has nice, big, new seats, is very clean and the technology is new.
We did not go to “Roger’s Redliner Diner” as we had done last time. Instead we went to “Big Lots” and “Subway” — both of which are also in that same new, still being completed plaza. Teischan doesn’t approve of “Roger’s” because it doesn’t serve pancakes in the afternoon, though they claim, as Diners have to do, that they serve breakfast all day. Deanna and I have found that the owner, Roger Elkus, is a bit full of himself and overbearingly arrogant. So, with Teischan giving it two thumbs down, I didn’t really feel a need to line Elkus’ vast pockets with more money. I had another Subway salad. Aaaahhhh! The best $6.50 I spend on any restaurant food. Yes, I will write another post this week, if I have time, raving yet again about the joys of Subway chopped salad.