Family Film Guide: 'Mr Peabody & Sherman'

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'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'

Rated: PG.

Suitable for: Kindergartners who can sit attentively through a 90-minute movie. Some preschoolers will do fine although a lot of the historical sequences will be lost on them. The animated movie is in 2-D and 3-D.

What you should know: This was inspired by the segments on the Rocky and Bullwinkle TV shows from the late 1950s and early 1960s. Peabody is a brilliant dog and Sherman his adopted boy and they use the WABAC or Wayback machine to time travel. In the movie, they have a surprisingly sweet father-son relationship.

Language: None.

Sexual situations and nudity: Other than a kiss, none.

Violence/scary situations: Sherman is abandoned and in a cardboard box in an alley when Peabody finds him. Peabody is placed in a guillotine but uses his head so he doesn't lose it. There are chases, references to the poor of France, swordplay, biting (we see the bite marks, not the chomping), a close encounter with a mummy whose arm falls off, use of a Taser, threats to remove Sherman from Peabody's home, an attempt to haul Peabody off like a common dog, crash of an early airplane and threats to the past and present. But it's all generally mild and often played for laughs.

Drug or alcohol use: Peabody whips up some alcoholic drinks for adult dinner guests.


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