Think of cartoon reboot movies. Which one is the best? Many of you would say Wakko’s Wish, or perhaps Mask of the Phantasm, or The Simpsons Movie, none of which count because the cartoon was still on the air when they came out. Then perhaps one might point to The Rugrats Movie or A Goofy Movie or The Spongebob Squarepants Movie. First of all, Spongebob and Rugrats were still on when the movies came out, and A Goofy Movie isn’t really a cartoon reboot, because Goofy was always more of a side character and never really had enough to him to be rebooted. He’s the exact same character in the movie that he is in the Mickey Mouse shorts from the ’50s. OK, one might say at this point. What about Yogi Bear? Can we agree that Yogi Bear was passable?

Yes, Yogi Bear was passable, and up until recently I would have said it was the best cartoon reboot movie. But Mr. Peabody and Sherman is infinitely better. It’s extremely funny, the deft blend of CG and traditional animation is pretty fantastic, and the celebrity voices are hardly noticeable. In a way, you could say that this movie is the opposite of Shark Tale. Because it took everything that Shark Tale did, and it did it correctly.

In a sense, it’s the ideal Dreamworks movie. All the Dreamworks-y elements are handled pretty well and don’t get in the way of other attributes of the film, like its amazing humor, which kind of makes me feel like I wrote it myself. However, that could be seen as a problem. It feels like it was a Pixar-quality movie, and then Dreamworks had their way with it. And that’s no good.

Speaking of having their way with things, the humor in this movie is sometimes a bit too adult. A lot of unnecessary anus-themed jokes, and I don’t mean anus-related, I mean anus-THEMED. They threw in a Clinton reference, a Spartacus reference, a masturbation reference, and several others that made me uncomfortable with so many kids in the audience.

Also, the movie was pretty predictable. The only thing that really surprised me was when they killed off Peabody, and had to go back in time to get the other version to help them save the day. But then they squandered it by having Peabody not actually dead in the first place. The movie toys with a lot of really interesting concepts like that and then never does anything with them. The history in the movie is fairly accurate. They spin a lot of the unconfirmed stuff in their own original way. For example, there’s no proof Marie Antoinette said “Let them eat cake,” so the movie decided she really liked cake and said it for a totally unrelated reason, and then revolutionaries spun it to have been about the poor. That’s pretty nice.

The main characters are OK. Penny is annoying, Sherman is not annoying, but not not annoying. Ya dig? Sherman is pretty good. Ty Burrell does a good job with the voice. He’s a very likable and pretty interesting character. My favorite character, however, is Penny’s father, played by First Lady the Reverend Dr. Sir Stephen Tyrone Mos Def Colbert, Heavyweight Champion of the World. He usually knows what to say, but he never knows how to say it. If that makes sense. But he’s hilarious.

Overall, I give the movie a B. It’s good, but not great. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BreakingPOORLY. Like if you like, favorite if you favorite, reblog if you reblog, follow if you follow, and as always…

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