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Dreamworks have set the Way Back Machine for MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I grew up with the ROCKY & BULLWINKLE show. In fact, I grew up in the Bay Area and there was a Chuck E. Cheese's type chain restaurant/arcade called BULLWINKLE'S that I spent many an hour in, devouring pizza, playing pre-Mortal Kombat arcade games and watching the animatronic representations of Rocky, Bullwinkle, Underdog, Boris, Natasha and Dudley Do-Right crack jokes and play music for the screaming kids... Ahh, what great times...

Anyway, my two favorite sketches on the Rocky & Bullwinkle show were AESOP AND SON and PEABODY'S IMPROBABLE HISTORY (aka MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN). Mr. Peabody was a brilliant dog and Sherman his boy. They would travel throughout time using Mr. Peabody's invention: the WABAC machine. However, history was not always as what was recorded, so they had to lend a hand so history happened as they knew it should. It was a very silly concept, but as I kid loved it.

Dreamworks has nabbed LION KING director Rob Minkoff to co-write and direct an animated feature based on MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN. He'll co-write with Andrew Kurtzman while the film will be produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Tiffany Ward (originator Jay Ward's daughter and head of Bullwinkle Studio).

After the walking, talking abortion called THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY & BULLWINKLE and the only slightly less insulting DUDLEY DO-RIGHT movie, I will of course be a little concerned with any adaptation of these classic cartoons, but I think Dreamworks has the right idea here, making an animated feature. I hope they go for a different tone than the SHREKS and a different animation style. It will be "digitally animated" which I don't mind, as long as it captures a little bit of Jay Ward's classic. What do you folks think?

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  • Sept. 15, 2006, 3:13 a.m. CST

    If a little bit of Ward's classic is what you want...

    by Bungion Boy

    Then The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle feature wasn't terrible. For a lot of his classic, then get the dvds of the show. But as uneven as the movie was, I thought it had a few scenes that were very much in the original spirit. Although Piper Perabo was truly terrible. I'm not sure how a Peabody movie will work though. With that, you need more than the spirit, you need Edward Everett Horton's voice. That's what made the show and he's not as easy to immitate as Bullwinkle. So color me skeptical, but not completely betrayed.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST


    by steeeaakkkkkboy

    They will make another travesty. No doubt!

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 3:22 a.m. CST


    by SarumanTheChef

    Lol. I grew up in Santa Clara, spent a good deal of time at that Bullwinkle's arcade type place myself :). Never seen anything like it before or since, with the water fountain show thing and those bizarre yet wondrous mechanical puppets. Was ready to spit poison when I noted this is in fact an animated feature and not more live-action trash, so this could in fact be good :). Wilcox FTW btw, Quint.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 3:25 a.m. CST


    by SarumanTheChef

    I grew up in Santa Clara, used to go to that Bullwinkles place a lot myself. Remember it fondly, never seen anything like it before or since with those water shows and the bizarre yet wondrous mechanical puppets. Wilcox FTW, btw ;)

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 3:27 a.m. CST

    agh semi double post

    by SarumanTheChef

    Damn talkbacks take too long to load. Lol.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Yeah I hated the film adaptation...

    by mattyholmes

    but i think this could work really good. Apart from The Haunted Mansion (which wasnt ALL bad) Minkoff has a impressive record.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 4:40 a.m. CST

    This could be great.

    by CoursinLarry

    And Mr. Peabody's voice was imitated perfectly (albeit for a split-second) on a Simpsons episode by, I think, Dan Castelleneta.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Mr/ Peabody's Voice was..

    by trueartist

    actually Bill Scott, who also did Bullwinkle's voice. Edward Everett Horton was the narrator for Fractured Fairy Tales.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    This was the second great age of animation,,,

    by Redbox

    Where writing overcame cheap animation.. What I never knew was... Rocky and Bullwinkle (Mr. Peabody, Fractured Fairytales, Dudley DuRight..etc) and Underdog (The Hunter, King Leonardo, Commander Bragg and Tennesse Tuxedo) were made by competing companies!! The animation was done by the same Mexican studio, but the writing and production came from two competely different sources.. Over the years, channels that had both groups of cartoons (the Jay Ward stuff and the Leonardo Studios stuff) mixed them up because they looked so similar. Anyway...I would love a tribute to this great work, but Mr. Peabody Rappin'! After Fat Albert...I couldn't take it!!

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST

    This is Good News

    by Massage...Bored

    Made my morning.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST

    This is NOT Good News

    by Shermdawg

    I still haven't got over those fucking Sherman Klump teases. Now I got to put with "Shermy"?<br><br>*sigh* Oh well, at least I've got a tank named after me.<br><br>That's right, it's named after ME. I have a wayback machine y'know.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see a movie about Old Man Peabody

    by amrisharmpit

    The dude with the pine trees from Back to the Future.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 8:29 a.m. CST

    at the risk of being as predictable as 'first' posters-

    by half vader

    - FIRST/FRIST POSTERS SUCK! SSSSSTTTEEEAAAKKKKK (in best Homer voice)! P.S. If Scott did Peabody, it was June Foray that did Sherman, right? Haven't seen it since I was a kid but it sounds about right in my head. Tootle and the Wizard was the ripoff wasn't it ("I don't wanna be a lumberjack any more Mr. Wizard!")?

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by paulthespecialist

    Holy crap!!! I miss that place so much. The water show was the best and Dudley Crooning on the right while Rocky and Bullwinkle would tell dumb jokes. I get so sad when I drive down there and its a strip mall now. Some uber rich silicon valley millionaire has got to remember it fondly and want to dump a ton of $$ into rebuilding it. Mmmm I can smell the fried chicken and cris-cut fries.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 8:46 a.m. CST

    needs an edgy, rapping penquin

    by durhay

    voiced by Tone Loc, perhaps. I'm dreaming of a wide ismuth.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I miss ShowBiz pizza, "where a kid can be a kid"

    by durhay

    Same premise as Chuck E. Cheese. I they got bought by them, because Chuck E. Cheese uses their tagline now. <br> After checking Wikipedia, I see that Showbiz bought Chuck, and the two became one in '92.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST

    "What happened to us, Kodos?" ~ "Quiet, you!"

    by Osmosis Jones


  • Sept. 15, 2006, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Quiet, YOU...

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    This is fuckin' GREAT news! Brilliant! Sorry. Geek-gasm. I grew up on this shit.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Chuck E Cheese's

    by purplemonkeydw

    Did anything beat sitting on the crazy chairs watching the Lion Elvis? Yes, throwing the skeeballs in overhanded. Oh, and this movie sounds good.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Boris & Natasha

    by magnumopus

    Does anybody remember this movie? I had fond memories of it as a kid, but nostalgia has been unkind to me as of late. I think it was made in the early 90's.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Bacon you'll fry for this!

    by Ingeld

    Yelled by William Shakespeare at Sir Francis Bacon who is trying to steal the Bard's plays. It was my favorite episode of Peabody and Sherman. I like the fact that they're doing this movie; I just hope that they don't try to make it hip so it loses it fun innocence, or sentimental --"Sherman, let us try to find your mother and father who are lost in the past", or preachy "I don't know Mr. Peabody, maybe it is wrong not accept the past. Right you are, Sherman." or politically correct. "We set the Wayback machine for 1492 and were quickly whisked away to the poop deck of the Santa Maria, the flag ship for the infamous slaughterer of indigenous peoples, Christopher Columbus." I hope this kind of has a Time Bandits tone and attitude toward the past-- a bit silly.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 1:47 p.m. CST

    yay Bullwinkle's!

    by zombieslayer

    I still have some tokens from the one that was in Ontario, California.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Underdog...

    by Snookeroo

    what's up with that train wreck?

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 3 p.m. CST

    My Lincoln-Sense is tingling!

    by SpyGuy

    Five bucks says that David Hyde-Pierce does the voice of Mr. Peabody.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST

    This will fuck moose antlers.

    by s00p3rm4n

    How can anyone think this will be good? And I second the emotion of a previous poster - there will be an edgy, rapping penguin. And at least 10 fart jokes. (If I'm right, someone give me a cookie!)

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 3:25 p.m. CST

    How about John Hodgman as Peabody?

    by Billy Goat

    "Hello, I'm a PC. And this is my boy, Sherman."

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Bay-Area Bullwinkle's

    by cyberskunk

    I went to such a place... I don't remember having anything to eat, but I played arcade games. I saw someone had vandalized a wall by Snidley Whiplash with the words, "WHIP IT GOOD."

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST

    An edgy, rapping penguin has to be voiced by K-FED!

    by steeeaakkkkkboy

    yeah, they can have K-FED!! and he would have a little entourage of penguins in tow. Like a "Britneyesque" penguin with eyelashes and then little baby penguins.. dressed as cute little TRAILER TRASH. Please studio execs the hilarity would only ensue... :)

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by MasterShake

    Nice Venture Bros quote dude, and yes, David Hyde-Pierce would be the perfect voice for Peabody.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Um, can we please ban steeeaakkkkkkboy?

    by half vader

    For uttering the name of that talentless freak in here? I mean the standard on AICN talkbacks is pretty low but if we allow that sort of filth as a topic of conversation then chaos will reign, all hell will break loose and the universe will probably implode. Probably. And I third David Hyde-Pierce.

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Fractured Fairy Tales

    by BDT

    were the best part of Rocky and Bullwinkle with Peabody and Sherman a close second in a tie for "Watch me pull a rabbit out of the hat..." routine

  • Sept. 15, 2006, 9:41 p.m. CST

    is someone K-Fed-up?

    by steeeaakkkkkboy

    Come on, hollywood loves a rags to riches story. David Hyde-Pierce on the other hand. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth he was... I think they should overhaul the entire concept of peabody and sherman anyway. Just a rip off of Bill and Teds Excellent adventure anyway!

  • Sept. 16, 2006, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Hopefully this is less Dudley Do Right the move,

    by rbatty024

    and more George of the Jungle the movie. Rocky and Bullwinkle is an absolute classic, and still better than most cartoons on TV. Hell, Shrek is really just a longer version of their fractured fairy tales. Way ahead of its time.

  • Sept. 16, 2006, 4:54 a.m. CST

    This film has HOWARD THE DUCK written all over it!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    But I suppose DREAMWORKS needs to crank out product like everyone else.