I was thrilled to join a recent press day junket in NYC for the Mr. Peabody and Sherman movie, hosted by Dreamworks Animation and 20th Century Fox.
I had already seen select scenes last fall and had the opportunity to speak with Ty Burrell about his role voicing Mr. Peabody at that time. I wasn't familiar with Mr. Peabody and Sherman, so I got caught up to speed pretty quickly then. C2cDad knew and had seen the shorts when his parents shared them with him when he was a kid. My parents remembered the animated shorts too and immediately thought that Ty Burrell would make a great Mr. Peabody. :-)
The idea to make the movie came about nearly 12 years ago, according to Rob Minkoff, the director of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, who also directed The Lion King and Stuart Little. A producer, Jason Clark, asked him what he thought of the Peabod and Sherman shorts and the idea of developing them into a movie. They took the idea to DreamWorks Animation in 2005, had a green-lit script in 2011, and here we are today as the movie opens in theaters. :-)
Here's the entire interview pool I was with on press day as we wrapped up a roundtable discussion with the film's director, Rob Minkoff - who was affable and talkative and we could have easily filled our time with him double-fold:
Here we all are with Ty Burrell and Max Charles, the voices of the two main characters. They were delightful in their own right, but it was nice to chat with them together!
The fun family movie arrives in theaters March 7, 2014, and I know we'll be taking the Kiddo and a friend or two to see it. :-)