A dog and his boy.
Of course, when you’re talking about the animated movie “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” there are plenty of adventures and antic to sweep you through a wide range of other emotions before you arrive at the ultimate destination.
The story line is taken from the storyline of the vintage cartoon featuring dog Peabody and his adopted son, Sherman, form the 1950s and ’60s popular show “Rocky and Friends.”
Directed by Rob Minkoff and written by Jay Ward, this modern day version also features time travel.
The Wayback takes dog and boy back to important periods in history so smart canine can use the best and brightest folks in history to instill important lessons to the boy.
Chlldren and adults alike were laughing and cheering during a Saturday matinee showing, though mostly at different lines and situation. Mr. Peobody is a master pun maker, for instance, but mostly in word play that will go over the little ones. Sherman and his little friend Penny Peterson, on the other hand, share wide-eyed terror and joy that brings excitement to anybody who’s got grade school in their present or future.
The voices carry the Wayback machine’s pitfalls and redemptions quite well. Ty Burrell, the dad on sit-com “Modern Family,” is stuffy and smart as Mr. Peabody. Max Charles, a kid voice on “Family Guy,” and Ariel Winter, who plays Ty’s daughter Alex on “Modern Family,” endearingly portray the wonder of the huge things unfolding in front of their eyes.
The little ones in the crowd can learn about the ugliness of bullying and the upside to making up and getting along.
The older ones can enjoy how modern technology has applied just enough spit and polish to their childhood TV cartoon memories.
And everybody can appreciate the victories, little and big, that lead to a sweet ending.