De­spite its new look, new voices and story that trav­els from an­cient Egypt to present-day US, Mr Pe­abody & Sher­man never for­gets its sim­ple 1960s themes of bond­ing, ad­ven­ture and com­pan­ion­ship

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Dsets the Way­back Ma­chine to the early 1960s and charm­ingly re­vives one of the most pop­u­lar fea­tures of the old Rocky & Bull­win­kle Show – the one about a dog and his boy.

This win­ning, witty and warm cartoon cap­tures the flavour, the tone and some of the snappy pace of the TV shorts that be­gan with the droll voice of Bill Scott in­ton­ing, “Pe­abody here, my boy, Sher­man ...”

Mr Pe­abody is a No­bel prize-win­ning pooch who “in­vented the fist-bump, au­totune and Zumba,” and then adopted Sher­man. ream­Works’ an­i­ma­tion Mr Pe­abody & Sher­man

He’s given the boy, now 7, a head­start on school by tak­ing the kid time-trav­el­ling.

The Way­back Ma­chine has, we can see from the pho­tos dec­o­rat­ing their apart­ment walls, al­lowed Sher­man to meet ev­ery­one from Gandhi to Ein­stein, and Leonardo to the Wright broth­ers. He’s given Van Gogh paint­ing sug­ges­tions, caught a Jackie Robin­son home run and short-cir­cuited Ben Franklin.

“Where are we go­ing to­day, Mr Pe­abody?”

“Not where, Sher­man. When.”

As long as Sher­man keeps this a se­cret, no­body will be the wiser as to why he knows, for a fact, that Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton never chopped down a cherry tree. Of course, Sher­man can’t keep a se­cret – not even from the mean girl, Penny, who bul­lies him. And that’s when the trou­ble starts.

The first “when” is an­cient Egypt. Then they check in on Leonardo da Vinci and try to make Mona Lisa crack a smile be­fore they head off to the Tro­jan War.

Fans of the old Jay Ward TV show may take a while to ad­just to the new voices — Ty Bur­rell of Mod­ern Fam­ily is a drol­lenough Pe­abody, Max Charles ( The Neigh­bors) is Sher­man. But the witty word play and the pullout-all-stops sup­port­ing cast start to pay off.

Patrick War­bur­ton is way over-the-top as the Greek King Agamem­non, Stan­ley Tucci’s frac­tured Ital­ian makes him the per­fect Leonardo, Mel Brooks is Ein­stein, and so on.

The an­i­mated de­tails of this Rob Minkoff ( The Lion King) com­edy are a 3D feast for the eyes.

The can­vas wings of a Da Vinci glider rip­ple in the breeze. When Pe­abody en­ter­tains Penny’s par­ents (Les­lie Mann and Stephen Col­bert are a hoot) with a lit­tle Jimi Hen­drix, he plays Jimi’s Fen­der upside down.

Things drag, here and there. But kids will dig the slap­stick and the talk­ing dog and gig­gle at what flies out of the Sphinx’s butt, or drops from the rear-end of the Tro­jan Horse.

Adults will be tick­led by a pa­rade of one-lin­ers, run­ning gags and puns. They may also feel a lit­tle sen­ti­men­tal — es­pe­cially if old enough to know the true les­son these char­ac­ters taught us on TV – the “moral of the story,” as they used to say – “Ev­ery dog should have a boy.”

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Sher­man and Mr Pe­abody

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