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“These are timeless characters,” Minkoff said. “The nature of this relationship and Mr. Peabody’s classic character — that has never gone out of style.”
The new film will find the family dynamic between canine Mr. Peabody and his human son Sherman (Max Charles) shaken up after the latter becomes smitten with a girl he meets at school. In fact, Sherman and his new friend Penny (Ariel Winter) actually kick off the story when she refused to leave ancient Egypt during one temporal transference session.
“For years, they have been happy together, and everything is going great, and suddenly Sherman has to go to school, where girls are starting to influence him,” Minkoff said. “And it starts to change him.”
The voice cast also includes Stephen Colbert, Lake Bell, Stanley Tucci, Mel Brooks, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney and Patrick Warburton. Mr. Peabody & Sherman is set to debut on March 7, 2014.