Quiet You

That is the first official image of Mr. Peabody and Sherman from Dreamwork's forthcoming film, based on the segment from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show. Which, if you aren't familiar with (what is wrong with you? Seriously?) was about a dog who was so intelligent he mastered every field, built a time machine, and adopted a boy. He and the boy then travelled through time, discovering that history's great figures were either idiots or incompetent, and it was left to the duo to fulfil history's promise.

Without hesitation, Peabody and Sherman were, and are, my favourite part of the Bullwinkle show. However, I am extremely hesitant about getting excited for this film. First off, Bullwinkle material has not had a good history being adapted to film (Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, Boris and Natasha). Something about Jay Ward's style of comedy is either beyond the writer's ability to translate, or was lightning in a bottle, and should be left alone. Secondly, Ty Burrell is providing Mr. Peabody's voice, and I cannot stand Ty Burrell. He immediately lowers my interest in anything he's involved with.

That being said, the plot sounds adequate, if vague:
"Based on Jay Ward’s classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest person who happens to be a dog. When his “pet” boy Sherman uses their time travelling WABAC machine without permission, events in history spiral out of control. It’s up to this most unexpected of “father-son” teams to somehow put things back on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed."
Dreamwork's animation is spotty at best. I really enjoyed Over The Hedge, and thought both Kung-Fu Pandas were enjoyable, if not necessary to watch more then once. The Madagascar movies are next to unwatchable, and Shrek burned itself out pretty quickly, something I expect How To Train Your Dragon to do as well. Bee Movie was terrible, and Monsters vs. Aliens was a wasted opportunity. So it's a coin flip.

It does give me an excuse to post this clip.

Via /Film.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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