Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

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I am often weary of rebooted versions of classic cartoons. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. In the case of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and it worked quite well. My mind wasn’t blown after seeing this film, but it was solidly entertaining and quite funny.

Rob Minkoff, the director, had a lot to prove with this film. After all, he directed one of the greatest animated films of all time – yes, I’m talking about the universally beloved The Lion King. What makes this film so different from contemporary animated films is that it isn’t bland in design – the tiny details and the broad designs add up to make this a visually stunning film. Added to that, there is really very clever writing. While not as smart or sharp as The Lego Movie, the writing in this film was funny and filled with minute jokes and references that make it viewing it as an adult even more enjoyable.

2014 looks like it is going to be a fantastic year for animated films, and while Mr. Peabody and Sherman isn’t close to being the greatest animated film of all time, it is pretty good and a lot of fun.

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