Even if the show itself is before your time, it’s hard in this day and age to be a geek and not at least have some awareness of The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. Efforts to translate the adventures of the idiotic moose and his slightly less idiotic (but more well-spoken) squirrel friend have been met with disaster, but the try, try, try attitudes always prevails in Hollywood. DreamWorks is now mining the Rocky & Bullwinkle archives in preparation for an animated film adventure featuring talking dog Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman, and they’ve confirmed a marquee actor for the headlining voice of the know-it-all canine: Robert Downey Jr.
It sounds like it’s still rather early in the process, as EW reports that Downey hasn’t recorded any lines yet. DreamWorks has worked up a new look for Mr. Peabody’s CG upgrade — the movie will, of course, be presented in 3D — but you’ll have to check out the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, out January 21, to see it. Or simply wait for the Internet to put said image online.
I’ll admit, I think a feature-length animated telling of Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s adventures together could be awesome. The duo and their time-traveling antics with The WABAC Machine always offered more fun for me than the titular moose & squirrel adventures. The Simpsons has even made reference to Peabody and Sherman before, which is one of the criteria required for being named a patron saint to geeks everywhere. Even better, the movie’s script was penned by Simpsons veterans Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin… though it should also be noted that the duo are behind the script for last year’s Yogi Bear adaptation as well.
Here’s a little relic from Peabody and Sherman’s past, their entirely politically incorrect encounter with Native American leader Geronimo. That’s Native American. Not “injun,” not “heathen.” Oh, The Past. How ignorant you are.
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