Gee, Mr. Peabody


Dreamworks Animation announced today that the classic cartoon, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," would be made into a big-screen, computer-generated feature.

For anyone not familiar with the show, it usually ran with "Rocky & Bullwinkle" and was about a super-smart dog, Mr. Peabody, who built a time machine and his annoying, "pet" boy, Sherman. Being a cartoon from the '60s, the people who made it couldn't have Mr. Peabody call Sherman a jerk for all of his asinine questions about time travel and the talking dog who's adventures he's tagging along on, but it was pretty much implied.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" was arguable the best part of the "Rocky & Bullwinkle" show. To resurrect it as a feature might not be a bad idea, especially since Rob Minkoff, who's last animated feature was "The Lion King," is directing it. But it's going to be CG. That's a bit scary, and unneccessary; look at that picture above for how unique the animation was on the show. Additionally, in the press release, there's a mention that it will be "updated for the 21st century." Does that mean "Mr. Peabody" is going to become "Shrek"? Does it mean that the CG-ed Mr. Peabody and Sherman will get in their time machine and go back to the '60s and meet their hand-drawn animation selves in a bit of post-modern meta irony?

Gee, Mr. Dreamworks, that sure sounds like a bad idea, I say.
Quiet you, is their response.