‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’ Trailer: A Dog & His Boy Take a Romp Through History

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm,

When they first appeared on the animated variety comedy show Rocky and Bullwinkle in the early ’60s, the characters of Mr. Peabody and Sherman stood out immediately. Not only did their absurdist adventures constitute one of the first stabs at “edutainment,” the pair’s relationship inverted the usual scheme of a boy and his faithful dog. The tale of an erudite hound and his somewhat dimwitted son traveling through time was perfectly in keeping with the overall show’s oddball sense of humor.

Many years since Rocky and Bullwinkle left regular network syndication (but not so long that the property has left the collective subconscious), a new feature film take on Mr. Peabody and Sherman will be arriving in theaters in 2014. This CGI-animated update has released a trailer for the stateside market that shows off a kid-friendly romp through history as Mr. Peabody, “the most accomplished dog in the world,” attempts to undo damage done to the timeline by his overeager ward.

Mr Peabody and Sherman Mr. Peabody and Sherman Trailer: A Dog & His Boy Take a Romp Through History

The trailer shows off a film that – like many latter-day animated features – includes humor directed at both kids and their ticket-purchasing guardians. There are actually some impressive gags here – namely, the Trojan horse being Trojan-horsed and Leonardo da Vinci’s creepy artificial boy.

Of course, one has to wonder just how much interest this film will drum up, given that almost an entire generation largely associates the characters with a throwaway gag from The Simpsons‘ “Treehouse of Horror V.” Given the rich comedic possibilities of the classic setup, we hope that Mr. Peabody and Sherman will justify its revival.

Directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King), Mr. Peabody and Sherman stars Ty Burrell (Modern Family) as Mr. Peabody and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man) as Sherman. The film also features the voice talents of Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Patrick Warburton (Family Guy), Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), and living legend Mel Brooks (The Producers).


Mr. Peabody and Sherman will warp into theaters on March 7th, 2014.

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  1. hmmm…

  2. they just keep pissing on the institution that was “The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show” don’t they?

    • Quiet you! ..>lol 😉

    • The R&B movie turned out to be one of the most horrible movies I have ever had the misfortune of seeing. As a matter of fact, most of these movies based off of old shows have been disappointing, but this looks like it won’t be half bad.

    • Love Jay Ward. I heard that original cells from the animation are valuable because they are rare. That’s because the show was so low budget they would clean off the cells and reuse them.

  3. hmmm….

  4. I will be there, because someone obviously has excellent taste in music. Pompeii by Bastille is one of my top ten songs of all time and I squealed with joy when I heard it. As you can see I am very easy to please :)

    • My favorite song from them has to be either Oblivion or the second part of Get Home. I checked out their album recently and got hooked aha.

      • +1 Oblivion is amazing. Another favorite of mine is Things We Lost In The Fire(Though to be honest pretty much anything they do is my favorite).

  5. “Watch me pull a hit out of my hat, Rocky!”
    “Oh Bullwinkle…that trick never works!”

    You know, this looks so dorky, so idiotic, so el retardo, that by golly, I might just watch it to see what develops, since I remember watching the cartons in the early 60s!

  6. Trailer does not seem to want to play. The characters must be busy traveling through time!

  7. that really seems like a huge dump of claptrap. The thing that made peabody and sherman funny in the first place was, highbrow humor, wonderfully and well placed puns, the lack of cheap laughs and most of all humor, which by all counts from the trailer, this has none of. Pass on this POS as you should on modt of dreamworks garbage they put out

    • Agreed. The original was simple AND IT WORKED! Plain 1D rather than 2D and it played to adults instead of just kids. The Way-Back Machine is now a overrblown graphic 3D creation? Peabody’s voice is all wrong and a music Soundtrack? Any adult who grew up with the original cartoon will be disappointed, while ‘their’ kids may like it (and I repeat — may). Too overblown when it should had remained simple in design and nature. A complete waste of ‘time’ on the efforts of anyone involved in this POS ‘reboot’.

  8. Why was this considered necessary or desirable?

  9. Having never heard of Mr Peabody and Sherman until now (I never even knew Rocky & Bullwinkle was a show until a few years ago), I checked out the trailer. Some of it looks amusing but like with most animated movies, I wouldn’t pay money to see it.

  10. I’m pleasantly surprised… Burrell’s voice seems like a good fit for the character (I was not pleased when he replaced Robert Downey, Jr.). Also, from what I can see, there seem to be little to none of the pop culture references that DA is known for; and although there are some big names in the cast, it’s not all that distracting (if I hadn’t known already that Stanley Tucci was playing da Vinci, I wouldn’t know that was him from the footage). I suspect that won’t be the case with Colbert or Brooks, though.

    My animation instructor is very much looking forward to this; he showed us footage from the original show in class, and I was already familiar with the characters and premise of it as well.

    I have not seen a DA film in seven years, but I might actually consider purchasing a ticket for this.