It's Time! Travel back through the past with the scientific team of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, the world's smartest living dog and his pet boy. DreamWorks Animation brings the classic animated characters from Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends to the big screen on March 7. USA Today has a sneak peek at the new 3-D animated film with 6 new photos and commentary from director Rob Minkoff.
The Time-Traveling Team is Back
Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) is a genius dog, and Sherman (Max Charles) is his adopted son. Even the WABAC (pronounced "way back") time-travel machine is back, but modernized for a new generation.
A Dog and His Scooter
One big update from the original -- Mr. Peabody drives a scooter with a sidecar. Director Rob Minkoff says the discussion of the right vehicle for the talking dog was a long one.
"This scooter just sort of fit his personality."
Sherman uses the WABAC machine to travel back in time to learn about history firsthand. And it works for the girls, too, including classmate Penny Peterson (Ariel Winter). Here, Sherman takes her on a spin on Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine.
The adventure begins when Penny decides she likes ancient Egypt so much that she's going to stay forever. This is a big no-no for time travel. That forces Mr. Peabody to save the day, torches and all. Rob Minkoff says:
"The prospect of altering history is something they have to worry about."
New Trouble in Old Egypt
The film "expands the relationship" between Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Rob Minkoff says. The oddball family has never had to deal with outside influences -- like girls.
Three of a Kind
Rob Minkoff is confident that even the generation that has never heard of the original will love the 3-D screen version.
"I pitch it to kids who don't know the characters, and when they hear that Mr. Peabody is a dog that adopts a boy, it just sort of blows their mind. They love it."