DreamWorks to Bring "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" to the Big Screen

by | September 15, 2006 | Comments

Fans of the classic "Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" probably spent 180 minutes cringing through the films "Boris & Natasha" and "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle," but that won’t stop DreamWorks Animation from bringing some more of the R&B characters to cinematic life. Get ready for "Mr. Peabody & Sherman: The Movie."

DW Press Release:

DreamWorks Animation today announced plans to bring the time-traveling adventures of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" to the big screen. The classic stories of the beloved, bespectacled dog and his pet boy will be updated for the 21st Century as an all new computer-animated comedy feature.

The film will be directed by Rob Minkoff, marking his first animated feature since he helmed the blockbuster "The Lion King." Minkoff has since directed such live-action hits as "Stuart Little" and its sequel, "Stuart Little 2." "I’ve always loved "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" and am thrilled to direct them in their big screen debut," stated Minkoff, who developed the pitch for the film with longtime producing partner Jason Clark.

Produced by animation legend Jay Ward, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" featured the world’s most intelligent dog, Mr. Peabody, and — in a unique role reversal — his pet boy, Sherman. The series of short segments premiered in 1959 as part of Ward’s classic "Rocky & Bullwinkle" series and quickly became a favorite of viewers, young and old. In each of their 90+ adventures, the duo steps into Mr. Peabody’s "WABAC Machine" to be transported back in time to a pivotal moment in history. There, Mr. Peabody would use his genius to literally save the "day," while imparting an entertaining, often hilarious, and always "punny" history lesson to Sherman and, thus, the audience.

Bullwinkle Studio’s Tiffany Ward (daughter of the late Jay Ward) and Classic Media’s Eric Ellenbogen will executive produce the project. Producer Jason Clark ("Stuart Little," "Monster House") will oversee development with Minkoff, and Andrew Kurtzman ("Down Periscope," "Camp Nowhere") will write the screenplay. DreamWorks Animation executive Chris Kuser shepherded the deal.

In making the announcement, DreamWorks Animation Head of Creative Development & Production Bill Damaschke said, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" has the kind of cross-generational appeal that is a cornerstone of DreamWorks Animation. Older fans remember and still delight at their adventures, while new generations of fans are discovering them on the Cartoon Network. Thanks to Mr. Peabody’s WABAC Machine, the story possibilities are as endless as time itself and we are looking forward to exploring them for the big screen."

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg added, "One of the most gratifying relationships in my 20-plus year career of making animated movies has been that of working with Rob Minkoff on "The Lion King." I’ve waited more than a decade to have an opportunity to work with him again, so I could not be more excited to welcome him to DreamWorks Animation."

Tiffany Ward stated, "DreamWorks Animation and director Rob Minkoff, are the perfect team to bring my dad’s beloved characters to the big screen."

Tag Cloud

GoT period drama Super Bowl FOX USA Nominations Infographic travel social media ESPN talk show Netflix ITV Cartoon Network VH1 based on movie Photos Mary Tyler Moore Warner Bros. Reality Competition OWN discovery NBC Valentine's Day Martial Arts 2017 Rom-Com Disney Channel science fiction Horror dramedy Drama Rocky Trivia Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TIFF Tomatazos sitcom History Podcast Star Trek TV Land Lionsgate TBS RT History BET Summer Musical supernatural Year in Review Oscars Marathons what to watch Rock Paramount APB Opinion Sci-Fi Musicals Music Schedule cooking First Look Logo thriller IFC DC Universe Thanksgiving TruTV Comic Book Masterpiece NYCC harry potter El Rey FX Hulu Calendar PBS psycho docudrama Countdown Freeform BBC America Starz Esquire war adventure comiccon Box Office Star Wars Country DC Comics Mystery Dark Horse Comics CBS All Access Holidays Kids & Family The Arrangement Winners Video Games Best and Worst binge Ellie Kemper Teen police drama Comedy Central Trailer technology GIFs 2016 Syfy WGN Watching Series Emmys Winter TV Nat Geo A&E transformers Bravo TCA crime drama Set visit Reality BBC Cosplay Toys cops Interview Pirates Election political drama The CW MTV President crime thriller PaleyFest Fox News singing competition Grammys 007 romance TCM CBS Biopics boxoffice X-Men Tumblr Amazon YA sports politics vampires Extras Ghostbusters 2015 Mindy Kaling Sneak Peek ABC Family Nickelodeon zombie Red Carpet ABC Animation MSNBC Food Network AMC SundanceTV DirecTV historical drama Marvel Fantasy Showtime Comedy E! Adult Swim diversity aliens 45 GLAAD HBO Awards LGBTQ cinemax VICE Certified Fresh TV Writers Guild of America FXX Pop Character Guide Crackle Polls and Games SDCC 24 frames Lifetime American Society of Cinematographers Spring TV E3 cats Sundance TLC Universal crime Action CNN TNT Disney biography CMT TCA 2017 composers Fall TV serial killer Premiere Dates Superheroes