Yesterday, I wrote about not liking the poster for the upcoming movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and then noting that the trailer gave me even bigger concerns.
I got the following response from Arthur Tiersky --
Oh, you don't know the half of it. The plot is partially about how some uptight harridan disapproves of Sherman being the "boy" of a dog and tries to have him taken away.
Just freaking sigh.
Something like that was my concern when I saw those poster. As I noted in the piece I wrote, the humor was that they didn't draw attention to Mr. Peabody being a dog and that a dog had a boy, it just was. The segment, "Peabody's Improbable History," was sophisticated and whimsical and hilarious -- and because of that, it was beloved. And because of that, they made a movie.
So, to make a movie where you change so much of it is not only degrading but wrong-headed. It might do well financially -- but even if so (and it might not), I could argue that it might do even better if they'd done it right.
This is it done right.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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