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Mr. Peabody and Sherman

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I wasn’t sure if I would like Mr. Peabody and Sherman when I first saw the commercial for it. But one of my friends really wanted to see it, and as I saw more and more previews I became more intrigued with the storyline. I discovered that the movie was based on an old cartoon that used to show with Rocky and Bullwinkle. I never saw the show, but it sounded interesting, with each week going back to a different time in history.

But what interested me the most was the thought of a dog raising a boy. And I think this is what the movie centers around as well. At first Mr. Peabody assumes that raising a child won’t be too difficult. He’s accomplished so many other things that this task seems simple enough. And it’s funny how the classic boy and dog pairing switches so that Sherman feels like he is being treated like the dog in the relationship.

In the end however, each character learns something new, not just about history, but relationships with people. Sherman learns that it’s not the label that matters but the character of a person. He sees Mr. Peabody as loyal, courageous, and smart, and decides that even if he’s labeled as a ‘dog’ too, he doesn’t want to lose that relationship. Mr. Peabody learns that raising a child is difficult and is less about attaining a goal for the child, or providing for it’s basic needs and more about the close relationship that occurs. This can be seen as his terms of affection towards Sherman change from “I have a deep affection for you as well,” to “I love you.” Penny too learns that comparing herself to others is not what really matters, and that where she falls in the social ladder is less important than the presence of real relationships.

All in all this was an enjoyable movie that I’d recommend to anyone who likes a good family film.

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Saving Mr. Banks: A Father’s Importance

I finally got to see Saving Mr. Banks, and it was a great movie. I loved seeing how Mrs. Travers’ life was wrapped up in the real story of Mary Poppins, and how the film was actually made. But as I thought about the movie more, I kept coming back to the importance of a father. Throughout the movie, we are shown how a father influences his family. Not only was the portrayal of the character Mr. Banks explored, but also the effect of both Walt Disney’s father on his life, and Mrs. Travers’ father on her life. It made me think about the importance of father’s in our present day life as well.


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With so many families splitting up, and dads that aren’t around for their kids, it makes me wonder what kind of impact this will have on the next generation. A father and a mother both influence a child’s worldview and experience significantly. And being shown love from both parents, is so important for a child’s development.

It just makes me wonder what a difference it would make if more families stayed together, if more dads spent time with their kids, and if more kids didn’t have to experience a divorce.

I know the world will never be perfect, and some things we can’t prevent, but it seems like we should strive for stronger families that can show their children a deep and lasting love and prepare them for the future.

Well that’s my random thoughts for the day. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it, and if you have, let me know what you thought of it.