Starring the Voices of: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell, Zach Callison, Lauri Fraser, Dennis Haysbert, Tom McGrath, Walt Dohrn, Thomas Lennon, Jess Harnell.
Director: Rob Minkoff
Rating: PG (for some mild action and brief rude humor.)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Release Date: March 7, 2014
DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images, Bullwinkle Studios, Classic Media Productions and 20th Century Fox.
Written by. Craig Wright, based on characters created by Ted Key and the episodic series “Peabody’s Improbable History” written by Ted Key and produced by Jay Ward.
With sequels and prequels and reboots and remakes dominating the cinematic landscape, the complaint that Hollywood is out of new and fresh ideas is an argument which has some legitimacy. In just sequels alone, there are more than 30 “next episodes” set to arrive in theaters in 2014, and nearly as many, if not more, already scheduled for 2015. Is the creative mind truly dead?
I raise this question because of all the things people tend to want to pluck from the past and make new again, or refurbish for a modern audience, one of the last things I would have ever expected would be to see Mr. Peabody & Sherman wind up on the big screen. A segment known as Peabody’s Improbable History on the 1950s and 1960s animated television series Rocky & Bullwinkle, Peabody, a beagle and the smartest being in the universe, adopts a pet boy named Sherman and invents the WABAC Machine as a present for Sherman’s birthday. Together, they travel back through time and meet up with historical figures and try to not interact with the past. The segments were popular at the time, but seem hardly remembered, buried deep within a DVD set of old Rocky & Bullwinkle episodes, available via an Amazon click or potentially a used DVD store near you.
For director Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, The Haunted Mansion), he holds these segments in high regard and since 2003, he has worked hard to bring these two icons from his youth to the big screen. And so rather improbably, in 2014, some 55 years after they first appeared on a nation’s television sets, Mr. Peabody & Sherman have arrived at the multiplex in a 3-D trip through history.