Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Margot Robbie Says 'Suicide Squad' Is More 'The Dark Knight' Than 'Avengers'; David Ayer Says Joker Is "Majestic" Margot Robbie Says 'Suicide Squad' Is More 'The Dark Knight' Than 'Avengers'; David Ayer Says Joker Is "Majestic" Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson's Sophomore Short 'Cigarettes & Coffee' Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson's Sophomore Short 'Cigarettes & Coffee' Another Oscar? First Look At Eddie Redmayne In Tom Hooper's 'The Danish Girl' Another Oscar? First Look At Eddie Redmayne In Tom Hooper's 'The Danish Girl' 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" New Looks At Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, And Lea Seydoux In 'Spectre' New Looks At Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, And Lea Seydoux In 'Spectre' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

Watch: New Trailer For DreamWorks Animations' 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman,' Plus A Bunch Of New Posters

Photo of Drew Taylor By Drew Taylor | The Playlist October 25, 2013 at 12:54PM

When it comes to commercially viable properties that appeal to modern children, we can't help but think that "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," based on characters from the "Peabody's Improbably History" segments of "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," might be a little dusty for today's young audiences. Then again, DreamWorks Animation, a studio that knows how to hip anything up, is reviving the time-traveling characters. And just in time for Halloween, a new set posters for the movie shows Mr. Peabody, the talking day, entrepreneur, and Olympic medalist (dog), in the guise of various historical figures.
2
Mr. Peabody & Sherman

When it comes to commercially viable properties that appeal to modern children, we can't help but think that "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," based on Jay Ward's characters from the "Peabody's Improbably History" segments of "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show," might be a little dusty for today's young audiences. Then again, DreamWorks Animation, a studio that knows how to hip anything up, is reviving the time-traveling characters, and based on the just-released trailer, it looks like there might be some life left in this franchise after all. Plus, check out a Halloween-y set of brand new posters.

In the trailer, we're introduced to Mr. Peabody (voiced by "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell), the genius inventor dog, and his adopted boy Sherman (Max Charles). When Penny Peterson (Ariel Winter) comes over to visit, Sherman tries to impress her by showing her the WABAC machine, a device that sends its passengers back in time. The two kids jump in, mess up history, and it's up to them (with the help of Mr. Peabody, of course) to correct everything before the fabric of time and space are torn apart forever. In the words of Marty McFly: heavy

The animation in the trailer is pretty gorgeous, and it looks like there's a "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" component to the feature, where the historical figures are brought into present day. We just hope there is some heart to go along with the seemingly endless series of gags. This has been a problem for DreamWorks Animation in the past, but with recent features like "The Croods" and "How to Train Your Dragon," the studio seems to be learning and getting closer and closer to that perfect ratio.

There are also some brand new posters. The first set of posters, via IMP Awards, features Mr. Peabody as a Roman soldier, complete with shiny, festooned helmet. Other designs featured on the site show Mr. Peabody in a Napoleonic hat, a Lincoln beard, and dressed as an Egyptian pharaoh. Another exclusive poster, revealed by Fandango, has the super-smart dog wearing a George Washington-style wig. Both carry the tagline "He's leaving his mark on history," which we're pretty sure is suggesting that Mr. Peabody is just going to be pissing all over the place. But we sure hope not. 

Rob Minkoff, the director of "The Lion King" and the two live-action "Stuart Little" movies, directed the project, which features a script by playwright and screenwriter Craig Wright (who wrote memorable episodes of both "Six Feet Under" and "Lost"). Danny Elfman will be providing the score (his recent animated work includes "Frankenweenie" and "Meet the Robinsons"). The cast also includes Stephen ColbertLeslie MannAllison Janney, and wonderfully stunt-y bits like Mel Brooks as Sigmund Freud, Stanley Tucci as Leonardo da Vinci and Lake Bell as Mona Lisa. 

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" will be released on March 7, 2014. 


Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Roman
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Roman
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Roman
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Egyptian
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Roman


This article is related to: Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Rob Minkoff, Ty Burrell, DreamWorks Animation


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates