I was invited to a private screening of the movie Mr. Peabody and Sherman; however, all comments and opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.
Going to the movies is something that I love; however, if you had asked me a week ago what my view was on animated movies, I would have most likely replied: “Well, I have yet to watch Finding Nemo.” That is me. I love movies… just never thought I would actually attend a screening, with 2 students, a parent, and be super excited about it.
I had no major expectations, but I was thrilled to be taking two of my students (they were really-really-really happy!). Choosing who was coming was an interesting yet fair process. My students actually choose who they felt ‘deserved to go.’ So that is how the decision was made.
I LOVED IT! Unfortunately, I was unable to get out of my ‘teacher mode’ so I watched the movie with teacher’s eyes. There is so much in this movie that I could take back to my classroom not just from a literary point of view (you can teach flashback, empathy, characterization, conflict, etc), but also as a tool to teach students about relationships and standing up for yourself.
Mr. Peabody (the dog) adopted Sherman when he (the boy) was a baby. Even though their relationship is far from traditional (a genius dog adopting a human being!), the characters are so well developed that you often forget one is a canine and the other one a person.
The story nicely develops as they both travel back in time. Through their amazing and sometimes risky adventures, you get to visit Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution, meet George Washington, King Tut in Ancient Egypt, Leonardo Da Vinci, and even get a close look at the Trojan War (who does not love the Trojan Horse).
The movie is a must watch for children, young, adults, and teachers of course. Mr. Peabody opens on March 7. And as always, if you have already seen it or plan to watch it, I would love to hear from you.