Man is a dog’s best friend in Rob Minkoff’s computer-animated time-travelling yarn based on characters created for segments in the 1960s TV series, The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show.
Mr Peabody and Sherman harnesses the latest digital trickery to propel the hyper-intelligent canine protagonist and his adopted son on a rip-roaring adventure, including pit-stops in besieged Troy, 18th century France and the Italian Renaissance.
As a potted history lesson, the film shoehorns facts and figures including the mummification rituals of King Tutankhamun between breathlessly orchestrated action set-pieces and slapstick humour.
Craig Wright’s smart script refuses to roll over for sugary sentiment, charting a less obvious route to our heartstrings.
Famous figures including Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa and Agamenon litter the haphazard narrative.
However, it’s the touching central relationship that anchors the picture and ensures Minkoff’s colour-saturated romp is pick of the well-groomed litter.
One not to miss for all the family.