Moose and Squirrel Return With Peabody & Sherman

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rocky_bullwinkleFrost­bite Falls most famous res­i­dents are com­ing to the big screen in 2014, accord­ing to Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. Not only are Moose and Squir­rel mak­ing their big screen debut in a new the­atri­cal short, but a long-time voice actor is return­ing to pro­vide one of the duo’s voices. While not explic­itly stated in the release, it is expected that the short will accom­pany the the­atri­cal fea­ture film release of Mr. Peabody & Sher­man.

Long time voice actress June Foray will return as the voice of Rocket J. Squir­rel, the fly­ing half of the Rocky and Bull­win­kle duo. Rocky also tends to be the brains of the out­fit. The 95-year-old June Foray is a queen among voice actors, and was the dri­ving force that ini­ti­ated the Annie Awards, where ani­ma­tions best honor their own. Bull­win­kle will be voiced by vet­eran voice actor Tom Kenny, most famous for his voice of Nickelodeon’s Sponge­bob Squarepants. The short will be directed by Rob Minkoff, who directed Beauty and the Beast while at Dis­ney in the 1990’s.

The orig­i­nal Rocky & Bull­win­kle Show (orig­i­nally titled Rocky and His Friends) began air­ing on Novem­ber 19, 1959 with sup­port­ing seg­ments which included “Peabody’s Improb­a­ble His­tory” – upon which Dream­Works Animation’s upcom­ing film Mr. Peabody & Sher­man is based. Rocky, Bull­win­kle, Natasha, Boris and a few other famil­iar faces get the show started with the all-new mad­cap adventure.

The short is writ­ten by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garan, and pro­duced by Denise Nolan Cas­cino. The press release from Dream­Works says sim­ply, “The short will be released in 2014,” but one would assume that it will play before the the­atri­cal release of Mr. Peabody & Sher­man. I mean, what stu­dio could pos­si­bly give up a cross-over like that?

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