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Robert Downey, Jr. to voice DreamWorks animated Peabody & Sherman movie

01.17.2011
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Back in 2006, DreamWorks Animation picked up the rights to MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN, an animated movie based on the old "Rocky and Bullwinkle" shorts after Universal passed on the idea. Rob Minkoff (THE LION KING) was set to direct the film but four years went by with little to no progress on the film itself. Well, progress is taking a big leap forward as DreamWorks announced this morning that Robert Downey, Jr. has signed on to voice the film, starring as the know-it-all dog-genius Mr. Peabody.

The film is currently being planned or 2014 and would show how young Sherman came to meet his dog and their adventures traveling through time. The script was written by Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin who wrote YOGI BEAR and, as it turns out, DreamWorks briefly considered filming MR. PEABODY as a similar live-action/CGI combo but decided against it. PEABODY AND SHERMAN would mark Robert Downey, Jr.'s first credit voicing an animated film (unless you count A SCANNER DARKLY, which I don't). He was attached at one point to star in MEGAMIND as the Brad Pitt character but left the project for unknown reasons.

Downey, Jr. hasn't recorded any of the character's voice yet but a first look at the characters will debut this Friday in Entertainment Weekly.

So I guess the question should be asked: do kids even know who Mr. Peabody and Sherman are? And does that even matter?

Source: EW

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3:55AM on 01/18/2011

Only Jr. Can Save This!

This could so easily go south... my thought is that since it's not as recognizable as Yogi Bear, maybe they'll push it toward older audiences; ie the people that remember the shorts. RDJ doing the smarmy voice of Mr. Peabody is certainly a good sign- let's just hope it's not Justin Beiber as Sherman.
This could so easily go south... my thought is that since it's not as recognizable as Yogi Bear, maybe they'll push it toward older audiences; ie the people that remember the shorts. RDJ doing the smarmy voice of Mr. Peabody is certainly a good sign- let's just hope it's not Justin Beiber as Sherman.
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12:20AM on 01/18/2011
yes!!!
yes!!!
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3:02PM on 01/17/2011
As long as he can fit this in between Iron Man 3 and Avengers 2, makes me no nevermind. A paycheck is a paycheck.
As long as he can fit this in between Iron Man 3 and Avengers 2, makes me no nevermind. A paycheck is a paycheck.
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1:40PM on 01/17/2011
Perfect choice! I Can hear him voicing Peabody already.
Perfect choice! I Can hear him voicing Peabody already.
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11:49AM on 01/17/2011

Perfect Casting

I was a Rocky and Bullwinkle fan back in the day and remember Peabody and Sherman and think Downey Jr. voicing the know it all genius dog is great casting. I mean he already plays a know it all genius with Tony Stark, so this should be pretty easy for him. Glad to see they are not shooting this like Yogi Bear either. Would have been horrible. I'm pretty excited for this animated movie.

Also, Downey killed last night at the Golden Globes.
I was a Rocky and Bullwinkle fan back in the day and remember Peabody and Sherman and think Downey Jr. voicing the know it all genius dog is great casting. I mean he already plays a know it all genius with Tony Stark, so this should be pretty easy for him. Glad to see they are not shooting this like Yogi Bear either. Would have been horrible. I'm pretty excited for this animated movie.

Also, Downey killed last night at the Golden Globes.
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