DreamWorks Prizes 'Peabody'
'Lion King' director takes the helm
DreamWorks Animation is getting ready to resurrect the time-traveling adventures of everybody's favorite brilliant dog and his human pet for a big screen, computer-animated version of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman."
Viewers were introduced to Mr. Peabody, the world's smartest dog, and Sherman, his adopted pet boy, in short segments that aired as part of the classic "Rocky & Bullwinkle" cartoon, beginning in 1959. Using Mr. Peabody's WABACK Machine, the duo would go back into different important days in time, imparting puns and dubious history lessons. They visited more than 90 days during their run on the popular Jay Ward-produced series.
The new "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" film will be directed by "Lion King" helmer Rob Minkoff, making his return to pure animation after two "Stuart Little" films and Disney's "The Haunted Mansion."
"I've always loved 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' and am thrilled to direct them in their big screen debut," Minkoff says in a statement.
Jeffrey Katzenberg, head honcho at DreamWorks animation sounds excited as well.
"One of the most gratifying relationships in my 20-plus year career of making animated movies has been that of working with Rob Minkoff on 'The Lion King.' I've waited more than a decade to have an opportunity to work with him again, so I could not be more excited to welcome him to DreamWorks Animation."
Andrew Kurtzman ("Camp Nowhere") will write the screenplay.
"'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' has the kind of cross-generational appeal that is a cornerstone of DreamWorks Animation," DreamWorks Animation Head of Creative Development & Production Bill Damaschke says. "Older fans remember and still delight at their adventures, while new generations of fans are discovering them on the Cartoon Network. Thanks to Mr. Peabody's WABAC Machine, the story possibilities are as endless as time itself and we are looking forward to exploring them for the big screen."