DreamWorks Animation SKG announced its work on Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a 3D animated feature film adaptation of the classic TV series by the same name by animation legend Jay Ward.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr. will voice the character of Mr. Peabody. Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little, The Lion King) will direct the project, and Jason Clark (Monster House, Stuart Little) will produce. Executive producing the project are Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Bullwinkle Studio’s Tiffany Ward, and Classic Media’s Eric Ellenbogen. Minkoff and Clark first brought the project to the studio.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman marks Minkoff’s return to animation after 15 years, reveals a representative. “It’s great to come back to my first love, animation,” says Minkoff. “The opportunity to make another animated feature with Jeffrey Katzenberg and the amazing team he’s built at DreamWorks Animation is truly a dream come true. I’ve loved the time-traveling adventures of Mr. Peabody & Sherman since I was a kid. There’s something irresistibly charming about the idea that the world’s smartest person is a dog who adopts a ‘pet’ boy.”
“Rob is a brilliant filmmaker and welcoming him to DreamWorks Animation is exciting for all of us,” says DreamWorks Animation’s chief creative officer Bill Damaschke. “We look forward to working with him to bring one of the most unusual father-son teams ever conceived to the big screen.”
Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia (That ’70s Show) wrote the first-draft screenplay. Alex Schwartz and Chris Kuser are overseeing the project at DreamWorks Animation.