Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's about time: Sherman and Peabody headed to the big screen

A list of the best time-travel stories would have to include such classics as "Back to the Future," "The Terminator" and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," to name just a few.

OK, you can add "Twelve Monkeys," "Time Bandits" and even "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure."

But No. 1 has to be ... drum roll, please ... Sherman and Peabody. The timeless (get it?) cartoon adventure from the legendary creative mind of Jay Ward is under development as a feature, "Mr. Peabody," at DreamWorks Animation.

The latest casting news has Stephen Colbert and Allison Janney signing on to the cartoon project, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter. Colbert voices the villain, Paul Peterson, while Janney plays a character known as Mrs. Grunion.

Ty Burrell ("Modern Family") previously was cast as the voice of Mr. Peabody. The role of Sherman belongs to Max Charles ("The Amazing Spider-Man").

As everyone knows (and The Reporter reminds us): "Mr. Peabody is the world's smartest person - only he's a dog. When he and his 'pet' boy Sherman use their WABAC time-traveling machine without permission, events in history spiral out of control and it is up to the duo to put things back on track."

The studio is so so excited about the prospects of the film that its release has been pushed up from March 14, 2014 to Nov. 8, 2013. Unless you have your own WABAC machine, you'll have to wait.

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