Use the WABAC Machine for this Mr. Peabody & Sherman Trivia Quiz!

By: Julie Medina
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About This Quiz

Jump into the WABAC Machine with a dog and his adopted boy... Mr. Peabody and Sherman. You’ll eat cake with Marie Antoinette, fight in the Trojan War, and escape an Egyptian wedding! Recall the movie's exciting antics with this trivia quiz.

Mr. Peabody never got adopted by a family, why?

A boy tells Mr. Peabody to catch a stick, Peabody asks, Why? You’ll just throw it again. The boy says he doesn’t want Peabody, that the dog is sarcastic. Peabody is voiced by Ty Burrell, best known for his role as patriarch in Modern Family, for which he has won several awards.

In the movie, what are some of the inventions that Peabody has come up with?

Since Peabody never got adopted, he devoted himself to learning everything on all subjects and helping humanity. He invented the WABAC Machine once he adopted Sherman, to teach him about history by meeting all the greats, one-on-one. Rob Minkoff chose Ty Burrell for Mr. Peabody because "his voice embodied all the different aspects of the character today - not just the intellect and the suave personality, but the underlying warmth as well."

Where does Peabody find Sherman?

Peabody hears crying from the alley and notices a cardboard box that has a baby in it. Sherman is in the box, wearing diapers and his memorable glasses. Sherman is voiced by Max Charles, a child actor. In addition to his appearance in the 2012 film, The Three Stooges, Charles played a young Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man and had a role in the ABC comedy science fiction series, The Neighbors.

What is a WABAC?

WABAC is an acronym for Wavelength Acceleration Bidirectional Asynchronous Controller. It was first conceptualized as a fictional time machine from the segment Peabody's Improbable History, a recurring feature of the 1960s cartoon series, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. The WABAC Machine is a plot device used to transport Mr. Peabody and Sherman back in time to visit important events in human history.

As the movie opens, what is the first adventure in the WABAC machine?

They visit Marie Antoinette in Versailles during the French Revolution in 1789 and eat cake. Peabody and Sherman meant to make this a short visit because after the French Revolution comes the Reign of Terror. Did you know that Marie Antoinette was the last Queen of France prior to the French Revolution? Despite her initial popularity, a growing number of the population eventually came to dislike her, accusing her of lavish spending and noting her opposition to the social and financial reforms of Turgot and Necker.

What happens to Peabody and Sherman during the Reign of Terror?

Since they are eating cake with Marie Antoinette, Peabody and Sherman are mistaken for the privileged class which needs to be purged. Peabody is nearly decapitated at the guillotine by Maximilien Robespierre, but Sherman’s glasses blind the beheader and they escape through the Paris sewers. Maximilien Robespierre was a French lawyer and politician, as well as an outspoken advocate for the poor and for democratic institutions.

Where is Sherman going on his next adventure?

Sherman attends the Susan B. Anthony School in New York City. On their motorcycle and sidecar drive to school, Mr. Peabody tries to prepare him for his first day, reminding him of spelling rules as well as which pencil to use.

What does Mr. Peabody give Sherman for his first day of class?

The dog whistle is a gesture by Mr. Peabody to tell Sherman he is there for him, always. However, we see that Mr. Peabody isn’t great at expressing emotions in this dialogue. Sherman : "I love you, Mr. Peabody.” Mr. Peabody : "I have a deep regard for you as well, Sherman.”

Who is Penny Peterson?

Penny recalls the story about George Washington and the cherry tree in class. Sherman tells her, the teacher, and the class that the cherry-tree anecdote was made-up. This leads to a fight with Penny Peterson in the cafeteria. Do you recall the original story? When Washington was six years old he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father’s cherry tree. When his father discovered what he had done, he became angry and confronted him. Young George bravely said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” Washington’s father embraced him and rejoiced that his son’s honesty was worth more than a thousand trees.

How does Penny taunt Sherman?

There is so much Penny does to taunt Sherman, including putting Sherman in a choke hold. To make things worse, Sherman bites Penny, just as a dog might do when he is bothered. Did you know that, due to the bacteria in the human mouth, a human bite can easily lead to infection?

What are the consequences of Sherman biting Penny?

Peabody is called into Principal Purdy’s office, where he is told that Sherman bit Penny. The principal explains that in situations like this one they must alert the Child Protective Services agency. A representative, Ms. Grunion, implies that Sherman's behavior is due to him being raised by a dog. She informs Peabody that she will come to their home to investigate whether he is an unfit parent.

What is Peabody’s solution to this situation?

Peabody invites Penny and her parents over for a dinner party to reconcile before Ms. Grunion arrives. Penny is voiced by Ariel Winter, an actress, voice actress, and singer. She is known for her role as Alex Dunphy in the comedy series Modern Family, as well as the voice of the title character in the Disney Junior show, Sofia the First.

What happens when Penny goes over to Sherman’s house?

Penny calls Sherman a liar for claiming first-hand knowledge of history. Despite Peabody's contrary instructions, Sherman shows Penny the WABAC. Penny goads Sherman into taking her into the past, where she stays in Ancient Egypt in 1332 BC to marry King Tut. King Tut ascended to the throne at the age of nine or ten, taking the throne name Nebkheperure.

What is the fate of a pharaoh’s wife if the pharaoh dies?

Sherman returns to get Mr. Peabody's help when Penny decides to stay in Ancient Egypt. Peabody hypnotizes the Petersons, then retrieves Penny by telling her the fate of a pharaoh's widow. According to the boy-king, this is what will happen. King Tut: “What he means, Penny, is that when I die they'll kill you, too. And then they'll rip out your organs, stuff them in canopic jars, and then mummify whatever's left.”

What famous person helps the trio when the WABAC runs out of power?

Leonardo da Vinci constructs a machine that will give the WABAC machine enough power to be on its way. While the work is being done, Penny and Sherman go into da Vinci’s attic and discover his flying machine. Do you recall when Mona Lisa complains about sitting around on her "abbondanza"? This word means "abundance" in Italian.

Who is the first to fly Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine?

First Penny flies it, then she goads Sherman into flying it, which he manages to do before crashing. Da Vinci is thrilled the device works, but Peabody is upset that Sherman risked his safety and destroyed a historical artifact. Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine had a wingspan that exceeded 33 feet, and the frame was to be made of pine covered in raw silk to create a light but sturdy membrane?

What forces them to land during the Trojan War?

The WABAC is caught in the gravitational pull of a Black Hole. However, they divert all their energy to increase their escape velocity, which lands them in the middle of the Trojan War. Upset about learning what Ms. Grunion would do to him, Sherman runs off and joins the army of King Agamemnon in the Trojan Horse. However, once he starts fighting he realizes that he just wants to be safe at home.

What is different about the film version of the Trojan War and the historic version?

The Trojan Horse scenario in the film is a bit different from the Homeric version of the story. The entire brain trust of the Greek army is shown in the Horse, but in Homer's Odyssey it was inhabited only by a bunch of sappers supervised by Odysseus. The main mission of the sappers was to open the gates so a much larger Greek army could enter. You also may have noticed that Oedipus is present, even though in Homer's stories he died before the Trojan War ever began.

When Sherman believes Mr. Peabody has died, how does he try to fix things?

Sherman goes into the past to right before they left– when Peabody is alive and they can ask for help. As Sherman and Penny try to explain the situation, Sherman's earlier self shows up. Peabody tries to conceal the presence of two Shermans from the Petersons, then a second Peabody arrives and so does Ms. Grunion. Ms. Grunion is voiced by Allison Janney.

How does Ms. Grunion get bitten?

Mr. Peabody becomes very protective of Sherman. When Grunion grabs Sherman to take him away and hurts him in the process, Peabody furiously bites Grunion. To make sure Mr. Peabody doesn’t get away with this crime, Grunion calls the NYPD. Did you know that in a deleted scene Mr. Peabody goes to see Sigmund Freud, after the "bite" incident?

Who says this? “If a boy can adopt a dog, I see no reason why a dog cannot adopt a boy.”

Mr. Peabody just wants Sherman to have what he never had, a home. So, Mr. Peabody files adoption papers to be Sherman’s father. The Judge allows this since Mr. Peabody is a business titan, inventor, scientist, Nobel Laureate, gourmet chef, two-time Olympic medalist, and a fine, upstanding citizen. Dennis Haysbert voices the Judge. You may recognize his voice from the Allstate commercials.

When Ludwig van Beethoven gets zapped into the present, what is he doing while conducting his symphony?

There is a rip in the space-time continuum, caused by the merger of Mr. Peabody’s and Sherman’s cosmic doubles. Historical figures and objects from the past begin falling from the cosmic rip and into the present. One historical figure, Ludwig van Beethoven, absolutely dominates Dance, Dance Revolution while conducting his symphony. He's actually dancing to Dance, Dance Revolution’s own Speed Over Beethoven.

Who says the last line in this dialogue? Police Officer: “Step away from the futuristic orb!” Robespierre: “I take orders from no man! Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!" (the officer rolls his eyes and tazes Robespierre) Robespierre: “Ooh la la!” (drops to the floor) “Hahaha...don't taze me, bro.”

Agamemnon says, “Hahaha...don't tase me, bro,” getting into the lingo of the present day. Agamemnon is voiced by Patrick Warburton. You may recognize him from his role as David Puddy on Seinfeld, the title role in The Tick, Johnny Johnson on NewsRadio, Agent T in Men in Black II, Jeb Denton on Less than Perfect, and Jeff Bingham on Rules of Engagement.

What are some of the humorous activities that happen when the historical figures interact with present-day culture?

What’s interesting about the Washington/Franklin “impress the ladies” activity is that in his time, Franklin was quite the Kavorka Man. Kavorka is the animal attraction which causes friends to adore you and women to lust after you. Besides the RMS Titanic finally arriving in New York, if you watch the Trojan Horse is being pulled off screen, it is followed by the mustachioed little street cleaner from the "parade" title sequence of the "Peabody's Improbable History" cartoons.

What does Grunion do to cause the crisis?

Grunion calls Animal Control to collect Peabody. Sherman explains that everything was his fault, but Grunion contends that it is all because a dog cannot raise a boy. Sherman has lived with Mr. Peabody for seven years, and he is not going to see his father taken away from him.

Why are so many of the historical figures saying, “Then I’m a dog, too”?

Sherman shouts down Grunion, saying that if being a dog means being as loving and loyal as Peabody is, then he is proud to be a dog, too. During the sequence that shows Peabody raising Sherman among time travels, it’s clear that Peabody got to know and befriend many famous historical figures, possibly all the ones who ended up being transported through the wormhole. They're not just supporting Peabody because it's right, but also because he's their friend.

How does Peabody escape imprisonment, or, in this case, the dog pound?

George Washington grants Peabody a presidential pardon, which is supported by Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton. Did you notice that Bill Clinton can be seen putting the moves on Mona Lisa in the moment between Mr. Peabody explaining how to repair the rip in the space-time continuum and Agamemnon saying he doesn't get it?

How do they fix the rip in the space-time continuum?

When Peabody and Sherman are going to the future to undo the damage from the rip in the space-time continuum, the WABAC Machine's speedometer briefly displays 88 miles per hour. Did you know that this is the speed required for the DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future? It was payback time. The Back to the Future movie contained a gag paying homage to the original Peabody and Sherman cartoons. Now the Peabody and Sherman cartoons contain a gag referencing the Back to the Future movie.

Who did the voice of Albert Einstein?

Stephen Colbert was the voice of Paul Peterson, Penny’s father. Mel Brooks was Albert Einstein. Ty Burrell only voiced one character, Mr. Peabody. What is interesting is that Mel Brooks was going to have a whole scene as Sigmund Freud. It was cut because Brooks was so funny that he upstaged the other characters and the plot came to a halt. In the final cut, he's Albert Einstein instead.

Who does Agamemnon bring back with him to the Trojan Wars?

The historical figures are dragged back to their respective times, with Agamemnon abducting Grunion back to his own time as she vows revenge on Peabody. Apparently, it didn’t take long for Grunion to whistle another tune. By the end of the film, we see Grunion and Agamemnon newly married in the Trojan Horse.

What were the taglines used to promote this movie?

The above were just a few of the taglines used in promoting the movie. There was also “Meet Mr. Peabody March 7” and “From the Creators of How to Train Your Dragon and Megamind and the Director of The Lion King.” There was much excitement surrounding this movie because Mr. Peabody and Sherman was the first DreamWorks animated feature to highlight characters from the Classic Media library since it was acquired by DreamWorks Animation's in 2012.

What did the critics think of the film?

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 80%, based on reviews from 122 critics, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site's consensus reads: "Mr. Peabody & Sherman offers a surprisingly entertaining burst of colorful all-ages fun, despite its dated source material and rather convoluted plot."

What did the fans think of the film?

The audience gave it an 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. On a budget of $145 million, Mr. Peabody & Sherman earned $275.7 million in box office sales. Despite its good critical and audience reception, the movie only made back its budget thanks to international grosses. In the final tally, the move cost DreamWorks $57 million and became the studio's lowest-grossing CGI film since its very first production, Antz.

How many nominations did the film get from the Annie Awards?

The Annie Award is an American award for accomplishments in animation. Mr. Peabody and Sherman received four nominations, in the categories of Animated Effects, Character Design, Music, and Production Design.

How can you enjoy more of Mr. Peabody and Sherman?

An animated television series featuring Mr. Peabody and Sherman, titled The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, premiered on October 9, 2015, on Netflix. You can also see your favorite characters on the 1960’s short film segments that aired as part of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

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