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If news that Mr. Peabody and Sherman, fixtures of the old Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, were heading to the big screen filled you with dread, that’s certainly understandable. After all, the pathway from classic cartoon to movie adaptation is littered with the corpses of the Flinstones, Yogi Bear, Looney Tunes, Underdog, Dudley Do-Right and the aforementioned Moose and Squirrel. The Smurfs did just fine at the box office (well enough to earn a sequel, with another in the works), but it’s damned creepy.
However, judging from the first trailer, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman may be able to shake the curse. It’s actually charming and fun, and appears to succeed in updating the time-traveling duo — a talking dog and his adopted boy — from the “Peabody’s Improbable History” segments. But, hey, it’s DreamWorks and Rob Minkoff, co-director of The Lion King; should we expect any less?
Opening March 7, Mr. Peabody & Sherman stars Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanlery Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell and Zach Callison.
Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine — the Wabac — to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time-traveling trio will make their mark on history.