If a boy can adopt a dog, surely a dog can adopt a boy – at least, if said dog is a certified genius that graduated as the “valedogtorian” from Harvard, is a captain of industry, and advises some of the world’s top political leaders. And if he’s also capable of building a time machine. Oh, and also if he’s just desperate for his own home and family, having never been adopted from the puppy farm. Fine, really just that last one. In Rob Minkoff’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the Lion King director takes on the classic comedy of mismatched father-son duo, Mr. Peabody (the dog) and Sherman (the kid), with some impressive rewards. Loosely based on a segment from the sixties-era The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the animated outing follows the adventures of Peabody and Sherman as their personal time travel machine, the WABAC (pronounced “way back”), stirs up some unexpected complications, sending the duo and a new pal careening through time and space.