Mr. Peabody: History With a Dog and His Boy

By Jay Sedmak
SNPJ Publications Editor/Manager

Those of us who are old enough to remember “The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show” cartoon are sure to have a certain fondness for the “Peabody’s Improbable History” segments that aired regularly during that cartoon. It should come as no surprise, then, that Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman will be taking their act to the big screen – starting today, March 7 – as the next-generation, animated, 3D “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” movie opens in movie theaters nationwide.

A once-faithful Rocky & Bullwinkle fan, I’ve seen dozens of “Peabody’s Improbable History” segments (all re-runs, of course, since the originals aired in the 1950s and ’60s), and I’m curious to see how well Mr. Peabody and Sherman – not to mention the WABAC machine – make their transition from the Cold-War era to the here-and-now, digital 21st century. Having seen the feature-length movie “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle,” which was released back in 2000, I’ll remain reserved in my optimism. In my opinion, “Rocky & Bullwinkle” was a flop; a complete waste of celluloid. I’m hoping the computer-generated animation of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” will add to the flavor of the cartoon rather than detract from the original. We’ll see...

If you share my affinity for nostalgic, retro cartoons, you’ll enjoy the video. And for those of you have never heard of “Peabody’s Improbable History,” here’s your chance to see the original and learn a lesson in “history” through the adventures of a dog and his boy.
 

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