Critics and audiences alike seem pleased with Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a remake of Jay Ward's classic cartoon—made famous on the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show—about a smart talking dog, his adopted human son, and their travels through history via their WABAC (think way-back) machine. What reviewers are saying:
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman "is such a pleasant, mostly faithful surprise," Stephen Whitty writes for the Star-Ledger. It has "the original show's spirit, and some of its old-fashioned charm," which should give kids and parents alike "almost just as much giggly fun," even if it does leave the audience just a bit exhausted.
- Colin Covert at the Minneapolis Star Tribune admits he had his doubts about a movie version of the 1960s show, but says, "I needn't have worried." The visuals have stepped up "to sleek 21st-century standards," and "the essential charm of the series survives more or less intact." Plus, "some of the archaic jokes are absolute crack-ups."
- Betsy Sharkey agrees that "there's a smattering of harmless scatological sight gags likely to make everyone giggle," but says "the film may actually be too smart for its own good," she writes at the Los Angeles Times. "Many of Mr. Peabody's 'teaching moments' will sail right over the heads of kids while requiring adults to pay attention." Still, Ty Burrell's voicing of Mr. Peabody was "a genius choice."
- Steven Rea agrees on Burrell, whom he calls "just right." The film is "a smart, snappy CG-animated adaptation" that is "true to the spirit of the original series," he writes at the Philadelphia Inquirer. And as a bonus, "the filmmakers inject a whooshy, propulsive sense of fun into the proceedings, too."