This is, in fact, a moderately fun movie for adults masquerading as a children’s cartoon. There’s a tremendous amount of humor and general content that will go right over the average child’s head, but hit adults square in the kisser. True, the slaughtering of history might not please the intelligentsia and the bon mots are applied with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but as long as you aren’t expecting too much, it’s fun. To put it plainly, this is an amusing animated film that has just enough silliness to please small proto-humans but is also fairly entertaining for everyone else. It’s full of very bad puns, cheesy one-liners and plenty of tongue-in-cheek jabs at all your favorite esoteric tidbits that are in no way historically accurate. The story has quite a lot of shrewd observations and the characters are crisp and engaging. Yes, it is a bit predictable but I really did like it. Mr. Peabody is too suave and urbane for his own good but still manages to be likeable, with Sherman as his perfect foil. Thankfully the movie does not try to take itself too seriously or it could have gotten a little pretentious. So enjoy this for what it is: a pleasant way to spend a few hours. It’s not a masterpiece and won’t win any awards, but if it does nothing but cause children to stun their parents by asking about Citizen Robespierre, I’d say it was a job well done. Patrick Warburton as Agamemnon was the icing on Marie Antoinette’s cake and I loved the vast assortment of historical cameos. – BETHANY
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Guess who’s coming to dinner?
Never get engaged to the Pharaoh before you read the fine print
Mr. da Vinci is going to want that back, kids
If she only knew what that cake was going to cost her…
A historical free-for-all
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