Robert Downey Jr. Lending His Voice To Peabody & Sherman Movie

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Robert Downy Jr. lending voice to Peabody and Sherman movie Robert Downey Jr. Lending His Voice To Peabody & Sherman Movie

If a skit about a refined, well-spoken canine and his dim-witted human companion who together explore history via a time-traveling device called a WABAC sounds too silly for even a cartoon show… well, Rocky & Bullwinkle co-creators Alex Anderson, Bill Scott, and Jay Ward didn’t think so.

Dreamworks likes the idea as well and is developing a 3D computer-animated film based off the characters in question – otherwise known as the hyper-intelligent dog, Mr. Peabody and his “pet boy”, Sherman. The studio has even recruited Robert Downey Jr. to voice Peabody.

Peabody and Sherman were part of both original Rocky & Bullwinkle TV series (Rocky and his Friends and The Bullwinkle Show) that aired in the late 1950s/early 60s. Bits with the bespectacled Peabody and Sherman followed the pair as they would journey back in time and reveal some previously unknown, incredulous pieces of information about a variety of famous historical figures (ex. – it turned out Napoleon always kept his hand tucked in his uniform so as to prevent his pants from falling down).

EW is reporting that the Peabody and Sherman movie will focus on the pair’s origins, in addition to their aforementioned rendezvous with historical characters. Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) is directing the film and offered the following with respect to Peabody’s backstory:

“Mr. Peabody is this genetic anomaly. He does have brothers and sisters, all of them non-speaking, non super-smart dogs. He’s an outcast, but has overcome it by being so great at so many things.”

Peabody and Sherman cartoon Robert Downey Jr. Lending His Voice To Peabody & Sherman Movie

While the original Peabody and Sherman skits were charming in their own way, they arguably do not lend themselves naturally to a big screen adaptation. Add to that the fact that Yogi Bear screenwriters Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia are scripting the movie and it becomes increasingly difficult to not be concerned that Dreamworks’ adaptation will lack the clever wit and humor of its source material.

Downey Jr. has made a career out of playing fast-talking smart alecks and his providing the voice of Mr. Peabody certainly works in the film’s favor. Minkoff’s decision to skip on making the project a live-action/CGI hybrid is also a plus – as is the fact that the Peabody and Sherman cartoons do have a little more narrative substance that, say, the original skits involving Hanna-Barbera’s smarter-than-average bear (and even that cartoon adaptation was not as bad as many feared).

Peabody and Sherman will make the jump to the big screen in 2014.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. This quote from Jean-Luc Godard comes to mind: – “I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas.”

    • Fogel!!!

  2. Sherman and Peabody. Sherman. And. Peabody.

    Does anybody even legitimately remember this show? I must have seen one, maybe two episodes as a kid, and I sure as heck don’t see it on TV anymore. From a business standpoint, I can understand making a Smurfs movie, and Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, or a Yogi Bear movie. Despite how old those shows are, and the fact that some of them aren’t on TV anymore, they’ve all still got instant brand recognition, amongst, at least, the parents if not the kids.

    But this? Where’s the logic in making a movie of a brand no one remembers anymore? And even if you do remember it, is it really the kind of movie you’d pay to see?

    Let’s have another go at Rocky and Bullwinkle instead, or finally get that Jetsons movie off the ground. A CG/Live Action Tom and Jerry movie seems like such an obvious choice I’m surprised they haven’t done that yet, either.

  3. Interesting. Now would Downey Jr. be imitating the classic Peabody voice ala Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo in Yogi Bear, or would he just be talking in his own voice?

  4. Yes I actually remember this bit because I would watch Bullwinkle growing up. But I guess whoever made that really bad liveaction/animated movie a few years back sompleatly spaced on how bad it did. You know the one with De Niro, Jason Alexander and Renee Russo? Yeah that was bad. And now they want to make it worse… And of course in 3D no less. There’s a shock to my system.(whitty sarcasim just like the old show)

    • Indeed…I remember all too well how bad that movie was; The only GOOD thing was Piper Perabo as Agent Karen Sympathy.

  5. And there we have it….definitive proof that Hollywood has run out of ideas. Honestly, what is left to turn into a movie? My little Pony, Mr, Wizard and Tooter Turtle, Capt. Kangaroo, Howdy Doody the movie???! (I know I should shut up now because some Hollywood Exec. is probably taking notes as he reads this)

    They are really scraping the bottom of the barrel with this one.

  6. hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

    what, agaln? Rocky replies exasperatedly

    Bullwinkle says…Nothin up my sleeve….

    a Rhino appears and Bullwinkle returns him to the hat and then tells Rocky…hmmm, mustave got the wrong hat!

    yes it was cornball stuff but to be honest it was that rarest of cartoons, multi-threaded…. easy stuff for the kids to get and at another level, something for the parents, alas that there are few like its kind today.

  7. great cant wait to see i want the gopher indians movie that would be epic

    • @Rod I think you’re talking about “Go Go Gophers”.

  8. They already made a show about a smart alec dog and his sidekick it’s called family guy

  9. Well whatever next……………..!

    I would like a movie of The Incredible Cities of Gold! :) At this rate it can only be a matter of time!

  10. howdy doody

    make it a movie animated 3d just like rock and bullwinkle
    yogi bear mr. peabody shearmen

    Dev Patel voice:of Howdy Doody

    Kiefer Sutherland voice:of Buffalo Bob Smith

    rowan atkinson vioce:of Clarabell

  11. universel pic) micky mouse in animated 3d
    vioce of : micky mouse is dwayne johnson

    vioce of: mine mouse is sandra bullock

    real life brown dog as ploto

  12. Then who’s playing Sherman?

    • Dare I suggest Justin Bieber as the clueless young lad?

      No wait…that’d be typecasting!

  13. A heartfelt plea to save animals — old cartoon animals like Mr. Peabody — from the indignity of CGI.

  14. howdy doody
    make it a movie animated 3d just like rocky and bullwinkle
    yogi bear mr. peabody shearmen


    zac efron as charlie brown

    Boxer Dog White as snoopy

    acting yellow early bird as woodstock 7 of ” em

    Tatum McCann as lucy

  15. -mr peabody and sherman-

    Ty Burrell Replaces vioce of Mr. Peabody And Max Charles as Sherman