USA Today has given us our first look at the design for the forthcoming DreamWorks feature Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Based on characters from the early sixties classic Jay Ward series Rocky and His Friends and its segment Peabody’s Improbable History, the movie follows the lives of a bespectacled dog and his pet boy Sherman. The movie is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 07, 2014.
Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest person, who happens to be a dog. He and his “pet” boy Sherman discover that someone has stolen their time-traveling WABAC machine and is changing moments in history to disastrous and comical results. It’s up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to somehow put a stop to this villain before his actions destroy the space-time continuum.
The new CGI Mr. Peabody & Sherman is directed by Rob Minkoff, also known for directing The Lion King for Disney in 1994. Tiffany Ward, one of the executive producers, is the daughter of Jay Ward, who produced the TV series on which this film is based. Ty Burrell replaced Robert Downey Jr. as the voice of Mr. Peabody in March 2012.
When the film releases to theaters, it will be accompanied by a Rocky and Bullwinkle short film, also from DreamWorks Animation. The short is directed by Gary Trousdale, who is known for co-directing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The film was originally to be released in November of this year, but was pushed back to March 07, 2014.