Western Animation: Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Leaving their mark on history.

A 2014 American 3D computer animated comedy adventure film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is based on the Peabody's Improbable History segments from Rocky and Bullwinkle, the fourth to be based off the 1960s animated television series though the first to be fully animated instead of live action (Boris and Natasha — 1992, Dudley Do-Right — 1999) or live action with CGI thrown in the mix (Rocky & Bullwinkle — 2000).

It's produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) is the director, while Alex Schwartz and Denise Nolan Cascino are the producers and Tiffany Ward (daughter of Jay Ward, one of the creators of the original series) is executive producer. Mr. Peabody & Sherman features the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks and Patrick Warburton.

Mr. Peabody is a business titan, inventor, scientist, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist and genius who also happens to be a dog. Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest historical characters of all time. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future, while Mr. Peabody may face his biggest challenge yet - being a parent.

The film was well received critically, but was a financial disappointment, currently being the second lowest-grossing CGI DreamWorks Animation film (after their very first production, Antz).

The short film Almost Home played in front of the theatrical release, as a prequel to Home, an upcoming Dreamworks Animation film.

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  • 3-D Movie
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Peabody and Sherman are seen running through one at the beginning, while running away from the French guards.
    • Justified in that the sewers of Paris really are absurdly spacious.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Penny, although later she becomes a Lovable Alpha Bitch. After Sherman shows her up in class, she picks a fight with the "dog" in the lunchroom. In the insurance photos, she's practically on the verge of Crocodile Tears.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Like his cartoon counterpart, all Mr. Peabody usually wears is a bowtie and glasses.
  • The Ace:
    • Mr. Peabody. As a puppy he was already reading Plato, and he would go on to receive a valedogtorian degree from Harvard, produce alternative energy technologies, resolve geopolitical conflicts, and invent the fist-bump, planking, tearaway pants, Autotune, the backside ollie, and Zumba. During his informal meet-and-greet with the Petersons, Paul demands Mr. Peabody perform on some two dozen instruments (which he does with aplomb), and later the host proves to be an accomplished chiropractor and mixes drinks besides.
    • Leonardo da Vinci comes close, though clearly not to as exaggerated an extent as his good friend Mr. Peabody. When the WABAC needs a jump-start, Mr. Peabody is almost stoked to be landing in Renaissance Italy.
  • Action Dad: Mr. Peabody.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Sherman's either given bad teeth or buck teeth.
  • Adaptation Expansion: A full length film based on a cartoon segment barely over five minutes long.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Mr. Peabody's feelings for Sherman are changed from treating the boy as his merely pet and assistant to the dog considering Sherman his dearly beloved son.
  • Adaptational Heroism: This is a behavioral version, with Mr. Peabody treating Sherman as his son whom he deeply loves, rather than a pet and assistant as in the Rocky and Bullwinkle segments.
  • Adorkable: Peabody dropping flat on his face, thinking it to be masterful pratfall comedy.
    Peabody: [Tail wagging excitedly] Is everyone amused?
    • Sherman takes the cake with his dorky appearance, innocence, and clumsiness.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: At the age of seven, Sherman has learned a lot from traveling in the WABAC with Peabody and being raised by him.
  • Adult Fear: Social Services trying to take your perfectly happy child whom you love dearly away from you. Said child disappearing and you searching frantically for him during the start of The French Revolution. Also him getting on the Egyptian Doom Boat instead of the safe one, almost falling off a cliff, and wanting to fight in the Trojan War! Let's just say Mr. Peabody goes through the wringer.
    • There's also Penny's parents not knowing their daughter is at Peabody's home (this is after Sherman lost her in Ancient Egypt). What really makes the scene heart wrenching is Patty saying "Oh my gosh" and appears to be hyperventilating.
  • Adults Are Useless: Briefly towards the beginning, when Penny is quite openly bullying Sherman, and even ends up putting him in a choke hold, with a crowd of kids gathering and cheering, there is not one adult to be seen. Apparently the children are simply left unattended at lunch. And when adults are brought in, the bullying is dismissed as kids being kids and the bully is made to be the victim even though she provoked Sherman to violence. The principal is later shown to be mildly ineffectual.
  • Always Someone Better: Peabody & Sherman in comparison to the Petersons.
  • All Guitars Are Stratocasters: At least, the guitar Mr. Peabody plays resembles one.
  • All Jews Are Ashkenazi: A Jerry Lewis soundalike (complete with Yiddish as a Second Language) is seen complaining about the plagues in Ancient Egypt.
  • Alliterative Family: The Petersons: Penny (daughter & Sherman's classmate), Patty (mother) and Paul (father)
  • Amazon Chaser: Agamemnon finds Grunion's boisterous and loud demeanor attractive after meeting her for the first time. It's also clear she is the dominant one in they get together but he's fine with that.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: While both the international and domestic trailers have a focus on comedy, the American versions using the song "Pompeii" has a much more epic feel to it.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: A brief flashback at the start of the film shows a puppy Peabody that nobody wants to adopt.
  • An Aesop: In-Universe example when Sherman's teacher asked what tree George Washington chopped down to which Sherman explains he never did but the story was made up in order to teach kids about lying.
  • Arcadian Interlude: The visit to Florence, Italy.
  • Artistic License History: Naturally, as with the original show, historical inaccuracies abound as the film pokes fun at Historical Domain Characters. Some noticeable examples:
    • Maximilien Robespierre's portrayal; depicted as the livid, duel-hungry archenemy of France and impassioned executioner, he was in reality a pacifist, arguing against war with Austria and for the abolition of the death penalty (save in the case of King Louis XVI).
    • Marie Antoinette uttering "Let them eat cake"note ; here it turns out to be a hilariously misunderstood response to Sherman asking for cake.
    • The existence of the largely mythical Trojan Horse.
    • The wives of Pharaohs being killed to keep their husbands company in the afterlife. This did happen with early Egyptian kings, but was discontinued long before the reign of King Tut.
    • What Peabody says to be "Egyptian" for tattletale is actually Modern Arabic. To be fair to the writers, however, Modern Egypt does not speak Egyptian, they speak Arabic.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Mr. Peabody, several times.
  • Backhanded Compliment: Penny gives one to Sherman:
    Penny: Turns out Sherman's not a complete and total loser after all!
  • Badass Adorable: Peabody, with his affection towards Sherman and his dorky affinity for puns.
    • Sherman as well.
  • Badass Bookworm: Peabody, BIG time.
  • Badass Family: Peabody and Sherman.
  • Be My Valentine: Happens in the comic book tie-in. Peabody got literally tons of valentine cards from Hollywood Movie Starlets, Queens, Princesses and Supreme Court Justices.
  • Becoming Part of the Image: While visiting Leonardo da Vinci, Mr. Peabody gets his head stuck in the portrait of a woman. It's so funny Mona Lisa finally smiles, allowing Leonardo to finish her portrait.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Perhaps not shaped history, but Mr. Peabody is close personal friends with several great historical figures, including Agamemnon, Leonardo da Vinci, and Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Berserk Button: Say whatever you want to Mr. Peabody, but you. will. NOT. harm his son!
    • He doesn't take kindly to disparaging being a dog either.
  • Big Applesauce: The main characters live in New York City.
  • Big Bad: Ms. Grunion
  • Big Beautiful Woman: In the Renaissance, Mona Lisa complains about sitting on her "abbondanza".
  • Big Eater: Marie Antoinette really loves her cake.
  • Big Fun: Marie Antoinette.
  • Big "NO!": As provided by the Ancient Greeks when Peabody and the kids jump out of the miniature Trojan horse.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When we get to Italy, Mona Lisa is complaining to Leonardo da Vinci.
    Mona Lisa: ... while I sit here on my abbondanza!
    Sherman: ...I don't think that means "chair" in Italian.
    ("Abbondanza" means "abundance" in Italian, describing Mona's great big backfield. Doubles as Getting Crap Past the Radar)
  • Break the Cutie: Sherman's emotional outburst during the black hole disaster.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mr. Peabody speaks to the viewer at both the opening and ending of the film.
  • Breather Scene: The trip to Renaissance Florence, Italy which takes place between nearly getting killed in Egypt and battling in the Trojan War. It was a relaxing scene where there was lighthearted humor, beautiful scenery, no danger, and Sherman and Penny really began to connect and soon became best friends.
  • Booby Trap: Sherman accidentally sets one off in the pyramid during his and Peabody's visit in Ancient Egypt.
  • Bowties Are Cool: Who do ya think?
  • A Boy and His Dog: Inverted, it's actually a dog and his (adopted) boy.
  • The Bully: Penny makes quite the show of picking on Sherman on their first day of school.
  • The Cameo: Rocky and Bullwinkle appear as paintings in Mr. Peabody's apartment.
  • Canon Foreigner: Everybody except Mr. Peabody, Sherman, the judge who allows the adoption and the janitor.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: For all his intellect and skills, Peabody's has an absolutely terrible sense of humor; shown strongest in his terrible puns and attempt to apply his analytical skills to Slapstick comedy.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Familial variant. Mr. Peabody cannot bring himself to respond with "I love you" to Sherman, instead declaring his "deep regard" for the boy.
  • Catch Phrase: I don't get it.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: Sherman has no problem flying Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine until Mr. Peabody reminds him that he doesn't know how to fly.
  • Challenge Seeker: Sherman during the Ancient Troy chapter.
  • Character Development:
    • Mr. Peabody letting Sherman off the leash and telling him how much he loves him.
      • Mr. Peabody starts the movie concerned mostly with himself and his own achievements, up to and including his success at adopting a human child; he spends the movie coming to grips with Sherman as his own person in their relationship.
    • Sherman taking responsibility for his actions.
    • Penny accepting Sherman for who he is and letting her Fantastic Racism go.
  • Character Title: Two, actually.
  • Child Soldier: Sherman joins the Greek army in order to prove to Mr. Peabody that he's capable of handling himself.
  • Costumer: Unlike their cartoon counterparts, Mr. Peabody and Sherman (as well as Penny) wear appropriate period clothing when needed while in the past.
  • Colony Drop: During the Time Crash, the Trojan Horse, the Great Sphinx and the RMS Titanic are dropped on New York City.
  • Covers Always Lie: The cover for #4 of the comic tie-in depicts Sherman romancing a young girl, with Mr. Peabody Playing Cyrano. That doesn't actually happen in the comic itself.
  • Creepy Doll: Leonardo da Vinci knowingly informs Mr. Peabody that children are not machines; he should know, he tried to build one. (Not only does Leonardo's doll scare him, it scares other citizens of Florence as well).
    It was creepy....
  • Cultured Badass: Mr. Peabody.
  • Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: A variant; Marie Antoinette eats a slice of cake with a fork by digging the fork in—and then just shoving the whole thing in her mouth.
  • Cute Clumsy Boy: Sherman.
  • Daddy's Girl: Penny, of course.
  • Death Glare: Penny gives Sherman one of these when she and her parents come for dinner.
    • Mr. Peabody and Ms. Grunion exchange epic ones in the principal's office.
  • Defrosting the Ice Queen: Penny's attitude starts to get better after she's saved from getting married to King Tut. She remains a Jerk Ass until Italy, though.
  • Department of Child Disservices: Ms. Grunion is deadset on having Sherman removed from Peabody's custody just because he's a dog.
  • Disney Death: Happens to Mr. Peabody twice. In the French Revolution scene, he appears to be guillotined, and in the Trojan Horse scene, he appears to fall to his death, but he survives both times.
  • Disappeared Dad: Played with before being averted. Paul Peterson gets right into Peabody's face saying that nothing is more important than his daughter. He is immediately interrupted by his phone ringing, and stealing his attention with a survey. But when all is said and done, he's neither attentive nor inattentive.
  • Don't Explain the Joke:
    • Peabody seems compelled to explain one of his puns after rescuing Penny from marrying King Tut:
    Peabody: They marry far too young in Ancient Egypt anyway. Or perhaps I'm just some old Giza. (Beat, shows a picture of the pyramid of Giza) Eh?
    • Implicitly justified: Sherman doesn't understand half of his jokes.
  • Door Closes Ending: The Stinger after the credits has Mr Peabody and Sherman walking into the WABAC Machine and shutting the door.
  • Doorstop Baby: Peabody finds baby Sherman in a cardboard box.
  • Dramatic Irony: When Mr. Peabody is called in to see the principal, he thinks it's because they want to place Sherman into an advanced curriculum program.
    • Mr. Peabodys parental care torwards Sherman tends to jump between a true father's love and talking down to him like he's his owner in critical situations during the French Revolution and escaping the black hole.
  • DreamWorks Face: As tradition for DreamWorks Animation, though both main characters do this in one or two posters, either Sherman or Peabody only make this face. Not only does Penny get in on it but some historical figures (that's including the Trojan Horse) do as well!
  • Driven by Envy: Penny during the history class, Mr. Peterson on meeting Peabody.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After an adventure of time-traveling, parental issues, and discrimination, Grunion ends up trapped in the past, Mr. Peabody and Sherman can remain together, and Penny and Sherman reconcile and have a budding romance.
  • Easily Forgiven: Penny was pretty much forgiven despite causing the whole mess, sure she regretted it and learned to be kind but still.
  • Eternal English: The only language barrier in this entire film is that Sherman might not know how to read Hieroglyphics. Although occasionally characters do use a few words of their native language, usually when funny.
    • Explained a bit in the original cartoon, which has Mr. Peabody "fix" a language barrier after the two first visit ancient Rome - implying translating is part of the WABAC's functions.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Mr Peabody does this while escaping from Versailles.
    Mr Peabody: I never miss.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Penny asks Sherman how to take off on Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine. Sherman tells her to pull the lever. Guess what she does?
  • Expy: Penny is a lot like Cindy Vortex from her appearance to her personality to becoming envious of the "boy genius" of the class and eventually falling in love with him. Sherman also possesses some qualities of Jimmy Neutron himself and even Lewis.
  • Face Palm: Mr. Peabody does this when Sherman's explanation for why he took Penny to the WABAC turns out to be "she was into it."
  • Fat Bitch: Ms. Grunion, a plump social worker who threatens to take Sherman away from Peabody.
  • Fantastic Racism: In this world, a talking dog can exist but is apparently not common enough for humans to know how to treat them. Ms. Grunion seems to have a problem, not only with the idea of a dog adopting a boy, but with a dog acting like a human. Penny's bullying to Sherman stems from him being raised by a dog, as though it causes well-known domestic problems. The first thing Penny's father does when stepping into the penthouse apartment for dinner is to confirm his suspicions that Peabody is "literally a dog".
  • Feelies: When the film was first released on Blu-ray, a Walmart exclusive edition was packaged with a Mr. Peabody plushie.
  • Foil: Penny's parents, to one another. When they first arrive, Penny's mom is overly friendly and perhaps a little star-struck, while Penny's dad is standoffish and absolutely refuses to be impressed.
  • Foreshadowing: The final issue of the comic book tie-in has Mr. Peabody trying to teach Sherman about romance, mentioning that he is starting school soon. It even ends with Mr. Peabody and Sherman arriving in France just before the Reign of Terror.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Like his animated counterpart, Mr. Peabody still has four, though averted with Sherman (who had four) as he now has five fingers as with other human characters in the movie.
  • Furry Reminder: As intelligent and proper as Peabody is, he still maintains his canine instincts, such as wagging his tail when happy, occasionally running on all fours, biting in a rage when Miss Grunion physically hurts his son etc.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Now has its own page.
  • Gold Digger: Penny plans to marry King Tut knowing he dies young, intending to get all his riches. However, she didn't know that wives of the pharaoh are condemned to death when he dies.
  • Good Parents: Mr. Peabody may expose him to danger in the trips to the past, but otherwise, Sherman could not ask for a better father dedicated to an enriching childhood undreamed of for any child.
    • Penny's parents as well. They seem a bit shallow upon their first introduction, but it quickly becomes apparent that they do indeed care for their daughter, and are very protective of her and concerned for her safety.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Maximilien Robespierre is revealed to be wearing these when Mr. Peabody causes his pants to fall down during a fight.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Spoken by Mona Lisa when she's complaining about Leonardo having her sit there all day.
    Sherman: I don't think that's Italian for 'chair', Mr. Peabody.
  • Green Eyes: Mr. Peabody, perhaps to highlight his intellect and general uniqueness.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: There seems to be some indications that Penny is this to Sherman when he starts going to school.
    • Sherman later appears to be not altogether pleased when Penny gets herself engaged to King Tut. Lampshaded by Mr. Peabody.
  • Handshake Substitute: Among his many, many accomplishments, Mr. Peabody claims to have invented the fist-bump.
  • Hair Decorations: Penny wears a black hairband.
  • Happily Adopted:
    • Sherman loves his adopted father, Mr. Peabody.
    • Mr. Peabody also happens to be an adult dog and Sherman is a human boy.
    • It should be noted that in the film, it's shown that Sherman was a baby when he was adopted, whereas in the cartoon he was already a little boy.
  • Happily Married: Even though their screentime is limited, there's no doubt that Paul and Patty are in a loving and close marriage. The first evidence of this is that the only reason that Paul didn't press charges against the Peabodys was because Patty asked him not to.
    • It appears that Agamemnon and Grunion are heading in this direction.
  • Heh Heh, You Said X: Sherman has the classic "booby trap" reaction.
  • Heroic BSOD: Sherman has one briefly when he believes Mr. Peabody to be dead.
    Sherman: What am I gonna do? What am I gonna do?
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Peabody performs one to save Sherman and Penny in ancient Troy, but it turns out that he didn't die and was actually completely fine.
  • Hidden Depths: Word of God confirmed that Penny's personality stems from her father, Paul Peterson. With that said, Paul would have and even stated that he would have pressed charges, but didn't because Patty asked for him not to.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Sigmund Freud, Marie Antoinette, King Tut, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, and some others.
  • Hollywood History: As in that in the original cartoons, Mr. Peabody deliberately modified the WABAC Machine to deliberately put them in a Rule of Funny version of history.
  • Hypocrite: At one point, Penny demands to know why Ms. Grunion is trying to take Sherman away if Mr. Peabody is such a great parent. The proper answer to this question is that the modern world's inhabitants all appear to be Fantastic Racists and Penny's little show at the beginning of the movie provided Grunion with the perfect opportunity, but Penny uses the situation to imply moral faults of Mr. Peabody.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Greeks hiding inside the original Trojan Horse bring inside a smaller Trojan Horse that looks just like theirs from which Mr. Peabody and Penny pop out, scaring the Greeks followed by Agamemnon exclaiming "Ha ha! I did NOT see that coming!!!"
  • I Am Spartacus: "I'm a dog too!"
    • The real Spartacus (looking like Kirk Douglas, naturally) has a cameo in which he says his line.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Penny's mom is rather busty, and has hips that are wider than her vaguely Arnold-esque head.
  • Improbable Age: Sherman is 7 years old in the movie, and since Penny is in the same class she is evidently the same age. Yet, considering the kind of things they do in the movie you get the impression they are much older than that.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Paul Peterson resembles Stephen Colbert; his wife Patty also resembles Leslie Mann pretty well.
  • Insufferable Genius: Mr. Peabody.
  • Invisibility: The WABAC has this ability.
  • Irony: Agamemnon and the Trojans completely and utterly fail to grasp the irony when a small wooden horse is delivered to their large wooden horse. (See Hypocritical Humor above).
    Agamemnon: A present! Nice.
  • Irrational Hatred: Ms. Grunion seems to have this concerning Mr. Peabody. At one point, she goes into a spiel about how he "bamboozled the world" with his "fancy jargon" and "little red tie".
  • It's All My Fault: Penny says this when Ms. Grunion is about to take Sherman away from Mr. Peabody.
  • I Uh You Too: Mr. Peabody initially can't bring himself to say "I love you" to Sherman. He gets over it by the end, and Sherman playfully makes it clear that he always understood.
  • Jaw Drop: Sherman when he sees who came for dinner.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Penny calls Peabody out for not being a more supportive parent.
    • While Ms. Grunion tries to get Sherman taken from Mr. Peabody mostly because he's a dog, one could argue that Mr. Peabody does put Sherman is serious danger on a regular basis with their trips in the WABAC. Then again, Ms. Grunion doesn't actually know about the existence of the WABAC.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: The movie establishes right off the bat how wealthy, intelligent, and well-known Mr. Peabody is. However when the issue of taking Sherman away comes up if Peabody called in his friends from Harvard, or the President to intervene it has to be ignored, because the move would have been over really fast.
  • Karma Houdini: Ms. Grunion gets a happy ending that she probably doesn't deserve. At least she can't threaten Mr. Peabody and Sherman anymore.
    • If you know anything about Greek mythology, it might not be that happy of an ending for her. Let's just say when Agamemnon brings home his new wife...his old one won't take it very well.
    • Also, given that she had been dragged off by a smitten Greek king/warrior, portraying it as other than a happy ending would have some really unfortunate implications.
    • Penny started the whole fiasco by essentially strangling Sherman from behind, and generally being a bitch. Her punishment is that she ends up with a possible boyfriend...wait...
      • It could be said that most of her karma is in her emotional pain. First from almost getting in a blood ritual in Egypt, then indirectly being the cause of a Disney Death, and then realizing It's All My Fault and being unable to truly fix her mistake.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Although Penny was the only one humiliating Sherman, none of the kids except for one tried to stop her and when Penny gets Sherman in a choke hold the kids all crowd around and shout for them to fight.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: As in the original series, Mr. Peabody is a Pungeon Master, and Sherman's usual response to his jokes is to laugh sheepishly, then say "I don't get it."
  • Large Ham: Agamemnon, played quite fittingly by Patrick Warburton.
  • Lampshade Hanging: "It looks just like our horse."
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Agamemnon again.
  • Like Father, Like Son: This movie [1] really loves [2] to play with this trope [3].
  • The Load: Penny comes off as this. She bullies Sherman and sets up the conflict of Ms. Grunion trying to take Sherman away from Mr. Peabody. Later when she visits, she makes Sherman use the WABAC without permission and ends up in Ancient Egypt. Due to her being a Non-Action Snarker and having more than one Damsel in Distress moment, she only serves as a bland love interest for Sherman but thankfully her behavior improves early in the movie.
  • Logo Joke: Sherman takes the place of the boy in the moon.
  • Love at First Sight: When Agamemnon sees Grunion.
    • Mr. Peabody & Baby Sherman.
    • It can be debated that this is the case with Sherman about Penny, however the timescale once school starts is ambiguous.
  • Lucky Charms Title: The period abbreviating "Mr." in Mr. Peabody is a bowtie.
  • Man Bites Man: What gets Sherman into trouble with Penny's family.
  • Master Swordsman: Peabody's main battle ability.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Mr. Peabody finally tells Sherman that he loves him, Sherman uses Peabody's earlier "deep regard" line in response.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Played with. One of the scenes from the trailer is actually two scenes spliced together. Also, the "butt of that joke" line was nowhere to be found, and a small moment where Marie Antoinette held up Sherman and spun him is absent.
  • Mundane Fantastic: Whenever in the past or the present, nobody seems to mind a talking dog walking amongst them. But Peabody is a famous athlete and inventor, so he's arguably famous. People have had time to get used to the fact that he's a talking genius dog.
    • To put this in perspective, from a 90 minute movie, the biggest reactions to Mr. Peabody being a dog comes from Penny seen whispering when Sherman gets his dog whistle and her father on meeting him.
    Paul (unimpressed): So he's literally a dog.
    Peabody: I prefer the term 'literate' dog.
  • Mustache Vandalism: In this poster, Sherman not only does this to Peabody, the former decorates the latter's face!
  • My Instincts Are Showing:
    • Peabody's affection for Sherman by petting his hair before nighttime or cleaning up his mouth just moments before Penny and her parents arrive, like a human would care for a puppy dog.
    • When Peabody finds out Sherman used the WABAC and lost Penny in Ancient Egypt he growls angrily.
    • When Ms. Grunion tries to take Sherman away, Peabody snaps and bites her.
    • When Peabody and Sherman hug, Peabody's tail starts wagging happily. His tail also wags when he sees old friend Leonardo da Vinci, and in a few other happy moments.
    • Peabody howls in triumph when he and Sherman save the timestream.
    • Official Blooper Reel[4]
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Like in the first episode of the cartoon, Peabody finds Sherman in a alley. Only difference being here Sherman's a baby found in a box whilst in the cartoon, Sherman was a kid being beaten up by a couple of bullies.
      • Mr. Peabody adopting Sherman (though he's a baby rather than a boy as he was in the cartoons) and getting media attention for it. Also, the judge's dialogue is almost a verbatim quote from the cartoon:
    Cartoon Judge: This court can see no reason if a boy can have a dog, a dog can't have a boy.
    Movie Judge: If a boy can adopt a dog, I see no reason why a dog cannot adopt a boy.
    • Mr. Peabody instructs the baby Sherman not to call him "dada", but rather "Mr. Peabody" (or "Peabody" in informal situations).
    • The name of the giant sphere used for the time machine is WABAC; the name of the time machine Mr. Peabody and Sherman used to be able to visit famous historical people or events was the WABAC Machine. Also, the doorway used to enter the WABAC's chamber is similar to the original WABAC seen in the cartoon.
    • Sherman having brown eyes here calls back to where in the cartoon, Mr. Peabody mentions Sherman having brown eyes despite the pupils being black.
    • Also retaining Sherman's Improbable Age of 7, which arguably made even less sense in the original series considering his maturity.
    • The opening and ending of the movie reflect that of the first Peabody's Improbable History segment; It opens with Peabody doing yoga, and ends with him saying "Every dog should have a boy."
    • The street sweeper appears at the end to clean up after the Greeks when Agamemnon and Ms. Grunion get married.
    • Sherman sleeps with a stuffed animal; specifically, Dudley Do-Right's horse.
    • Peabody and Sherman drive around New York City in a bright red motorcycle and side car, which is reminiscent of the large red car that the two ride in during one of the Peabody's Improbable History openings.
  • Name and Name: The title.
  • Nerd Glasses: Both Peabody and Sherman.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: One rule about using the WABAC is you're not supposed to go to a time and place you've already existed, in case this happens.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Some of them. It's the story about a dog who loves his adopted son and not just about a time travel story like they want you to believe.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The whole mess starts because Sherman showed Penny the WABAC after Peabody specifically told him not to show it to her.
    • In Italy, when Sherman finally got a hold of flying the plane, Mr. Peabody tells Sherman that he doesn't know how to fly and Sherman forgets how to fly and nearly crashes.
  • Noodle Incident: As Sherman says early on, "Let's just say that the Leaning Tower of Pisa wasn't always leaning."
  • No Sell: Unfortunately, Mr. Peabody's hypnosis does not work on Ms. Grunion.
  • Not Now, Kiddo:
    • When in Renaissance Italy, Sherman notices a peg has come loose in one of Mr. Peabody's inventions and attempts to alert the inventor, but the latter is busy working with another part of the machine. No matter how urgently Sherman calls him, Mr. Peabody only offers vague and mildly-dismissive affirmations ("Very helpful!"), so Sherman decides to fix it himself. This results in Sherman trying to pound the peg into a large gear, resulting in a chain reaction that causes the gear Mr. Peabody is working on to start hitting him in the head. After all this, however, he still wonders why Sherman would rather go off and play with Penny.
    • Mr. Peabody finally takes a moment to listen to Sherman during the end of the movie, and Sherman's suggestion leads directly to the climax.
  • Oh, Crap:
    • Mr. Peabody has many of these in response to Sherman's safety, such as when he goes missing during the French Revolution, or when he triggers a booby-trap in Ancient Egypt, or when Mr. Peabody finds Sherman piloting one of Leonardo da Vinci's flying machines, or when Sherman goes missing again on the eve of the Trojan War.
    Oh, my!
    • During the Egypt adventure, Penny learning about her incoming and inescapable demise was bad enough to lead her to decide to return home with Peabody and Sherman, not minutes after cheerfully chatting about them suffering torturous deaths with King Tut.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist : Mister Peabody excels in several areas of science, most notably Physics, Engineering and Anthropology/History, plus mastering various artistic and athletic disciplines.
  • Omniglot : Mister Peabody is shown to have mastered several languages.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Not in the posters, but Sherman has orange eyes, while Penny has blue. Guess which characters get along like oil and water at first?
  • Papa Wolf: Mr Peabody to Sherman.
  • Parental Love Song: The montage set to John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" serves as one.
  • Parents as People: Very much so. As the primary protagonist, the audience gets a full look into Mr. Peabody's character, and the main chunk of his Character Development is him learning to cope with Sherman as he grows and changes, and struggling to be a good father despite the emotional complexity of it all.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Between Peabody and Sherman.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Get! That! DOOOOG!" (And its reply, "I'm! Not! A DOG!")
  • Pungeon Master: Mr. Peabody makes an Incredibly Lame Pun or several, which Sherman may or may not understand.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Penny is making these in the picture Mr. Peabody sees in her file while in the principal's office after Sherman gets into a fight.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Principal Purdy doesn't want Peabody and Sherman to be separated, but he has to follow the law. He also takes into account the fact that Penny provoked Sherman.
  • Renaissance Man: Mr. Peabody. As stated in the beginning of this page, he is a business titan, inventor, scientist, gourmand, two-time Olympic medalist and genius. Bonus points for being a close personal friend of the Renaissance Man himself, Leonardo Da Vinci.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Mr. Peabody makes a pun, Sherman instantly laughs at it. Only for him to say that he doesn't get the joke.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! : Peabody receives a triple presidential pardon (by George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton), so he doesn't get punished for the damage his time machine caused to New York; it was Sherman and Penny who got the pardon for him.
  • Sherlock Scan: Mr. Peabody tends to do this.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of the trailers contains numerous Doctor Who references, coinciding with the show's 50th anniversary.
      • Fitting, seeing as how the movie proper contains a Time Crash-causing Never the Selves Shall Meet paradox la "Father's Day".
      • Also, the appearance of the time machine's travel through time itself is awfully reminiscent of the Time Vortex. Probably deliberate.
      • In the tie-in comic, one of the three WABAC protoypes is The TARDIS ("too British"), albeit bright red like the final WABAC.
    • Doubling as a Mythology Gag, a Bullwinkle collage hangs on a wall.
    • There's even a black-and-white photo of Sherman with Mahatma Gandhi above Peabody's head when talking to Sherman in regards to his fight at school.
    • The manner in which Peabody first finds Sherman, as an infant hidden in a box, is reminiscent of how Mr. Ping found Po in Kung Fu Panda 2.
    • Peabody fighting in the Trojan War features a few slow-motion bits similar to 300.
    • Peabody and Sherman have to hop across a floor on panels with spell out a passcode, just like in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
    • When Mr. Peabody is talking about the WABAC needing to go faster than it had ever before to go forward in time, the speedometer reads 88 miles per hour.
    • The comic book tie-in has expies of The cosmic treadmill, The TARDIS, and the DeLorean as early prototypes of the WABAC.
    • This isn't the first movie about a father-son relationship to use the song "Beautiful Boy" in a heartwarming fashion.
    • At one point in the movie, Beethoven can be seen playing Dance Dance Revolution. And if you listen carefully, you can hear that he's playing "Speed Over Beethoven", a Speedy Techno Remake of Fur Elise that appears in several DDR games.
    • During the Egypt adventure, Penny mentions her upcoming Big Fat Egyptian Wedding.
    • The last object that comes through the rip in time (and gets almost immediately sucked back) looks remarkably like the house time machine on Flying House.
  • Spoiled Brat: Penny. She gets better during the course of the film.
  • Stealth Pun: Both Mr. Peabody and Sherman are shot out from the Sphinx's behind.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Penny is a smaller version of her mother, Patty.
  • Supreme Chef : The culinary arts are among Peabody's many areas of expertise.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Sherman denies having a crush on Penny.
    Sherman: Gimme a break! Its not like I want to hold her hand or go to the park with her or watch her while shes brushing her hair... or anything.
  • Swapped Roles: Happens during the French Revolution when Peabody is calling and whistling for Sherman.
    • Irony ensues for sure
  • Talking Animal: Mr. Peabody.
  • Technobabble: Most of the Hand Wave s for how the time travel works. Lampshaded, even.
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Peabody comes back from Ancient Troy to warn Sherman not to touch himself.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: During the climax. And Danny Elfman pushes the Edward Scissorhands choir into it.
    Peabody: Sherman.. you are a genius.
  • Time Crash: The duplicate Peabodys and Shermans fusing together creates a rip in the space-time continuum.
  • Time Machine: The WABAC.
  • Time Travel: The basis of the plot.
  • Toilet Humour: At the very beginning Peabody's alternative energy device is shown to be cow farts. Sherman saying the water in the sewer tastes funny. Twice characters are expelled from famous objects' bottoms - the Sphinx and the Trojan Horse.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sherman. He saves his father from Ms. Grunion's wrath, pilots the WABAC in the climax, brings Peabody to reconsider his fears and doubts of letting him be more reliable and finally speaking his unconditional love for his son out loud for the very first time.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Mr. Peabody, compared to his cartoon counterpart. In the original cartoon, he was a more strict and distant authority figure towards Sherman, and considered himself Sherman's owner, not his adoptive father.
    • Penny in the movie itself.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Marie Antoinette loves cake. No, seriously, she loves cake.
    • The Trojans took a liking to the pizza of New York.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The "fetch the ball" gag from the trailers and commercials never actually shows up in the film itself.
    • The "peanut butter" gag also isn't in the actual movie.
  • Trailer Spoof: In celebration of Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary, a trailer does this. Despite obvious hints (like the fact The Doctor doesn't travel through time in huge red orb that looks like a golf ball!) that it's not a Doctor Who movie, lots of people STILL believed otherwise.
  • Trapped in the Past: When Agamemnon is whisked back to his own time, he takes Ms. Grunion with him because he loves her. At first, she is not okay with this, but at the end we see that they wind up Happily Married.
  • Trojan Horse: A miniature one inside the original one!
  • Tsundere: Initially, Penny is Type A for Sherman, while Sherman is Type B for Penny.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: Special mention here as not only does it have all the usual characteristics, it exists in TIME somehow.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The majority of characters in this movie don't seem to see anything weird about a talking dog who acts like a human. Partially averted with Ms. Grunion and some other characters expressing Fantastic Racism though.
  • Villainous Glutton: Discussed by Peabody before the Reign of Terror.
  • We Will Meet Again: Ms. Grunion says this after Mr. Peabody and Sherman fix the time rift, just before Agamemnon takes her to the past with him.
  • Wham Line: Several.
    Sherman: I SAID THAT I AM NOT A DOG!
    Sherman: Mr. Peabody!... Dad!
    Sherman: The only mistake Mr. Peabody ever made... was me.
    Mr. Peabody: Sherman... I love you.
  • Who's on First?: When Sherman asks Marie Antoinette if they can have some cake, she replies "Mais oui." Sherman thinks she said "May we" and was correcting his grammar.
    • Same thing happens when Tutankhamen's Evil Vizier introduces himself as Ay (I).
  • Would Bite a Girl:
    • Sherman does this to Penny when he gets into a fight during school.
    • Mr. Peabody would later do the same to Ms. Grunion when she was hurting Sherman.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In the Trojan War, Sherman decided to join the battle but quickly changed his mind and the soldier hunting him down had no regrets on murdering a little boy.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: When Peabody loses his temper and bites Ms. Grunion when she hurts his son, Grunion calls Animal Control to haul him away to be put down and nobody in the present points out that he has high level contacts in political, business and diplomatic circles who would surely do everything in their power to stop this.
  • You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: When it appears that Peabody has sacrificed his own life to save Penny and Sherman.
    Sherman: Mr. Peabody! ...Dad!