MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN is, at its heart, the story of the relationship between a
father and his son. "Mr. Peabody adopted Sherman and raised him the best way he
knows how," explains the film's director, Rob Minkoff, whose previous hits
include the beloved animated film "The Lion King" and the live-action/CG
animated "Stuart Little." "Like with any family, things become complicated, so
they both must grow and learn from their experiences and ultimately become an
even better family."
Even a world-class genius like Mr. Peabody will always have a lot to learn when
it comes to parenting. "Mr. Peabody has to acknowledge that he doesn't always
completely understand his son," adds producer Alex Schwartz. "Peabody discovers
that giving up control is one of the greatest challenges one faces as a parent."
Some of Mr. Peabody's parenting lessons come via decidedly non-traditional
child-rearing methods - like taking Sherman in a series of incredible adventures
traveling across time. Time travel is a compelling notion that lends an
intriguing dimension to an exciting, adventure-filled story. The film's
contemporary characters interact with equally entertaining famous figures from
history - a dynamic that provides surprising fish out of water moments and
myriad culture clashes.
Journeying across the eras also offers a host of rules that must be followed -
like never meeting yourself and having as little impact on the past as possible.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman's entree to the infinite folds of history is a wondrous
contraption called the WABAC, which is the singular creation of the world's
greatest inventor, Mr. Peabody. The perspicacious pooch built the device so
Sherman could experience history up close and personal.
he WABAC is much more than a vehicle; it's character in its own right, which
becomes an integral player in Peabody and Sherman's adventures through time.
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