Ty Burrell. Stephen Colbert. Patrick Warburton. Leslie Mann. Mel Brooks. One would think, with that caliber of cast, that truly great comedy could be the only result. But, as the trailer for Mr. Peabody & Sherman suggests, even the greatest of comedy minds can occasionally be led astray by a talking dog and his time machine.
The average Mr. Peabody & Sherman cartoon would see the canny canine and his pet boy traveling back into the past to right some historical wrong, and the film version is essentially the same thing on a grander scale. Sherman uses the WABAC (pronounced “Wayback”) machine to impress a girl and accidentally explodes history. Now, the titular duo ‐ plus one suitably impressed girl ‐ go on some grand Bill & Ted-style adventure, rounding up various historical figures for some reason that’s not inherently obvious in the actual trailer.
Burrell seems to have his “intellectually distinguished dog” voice down pat, and the rest of the cast (from what little can be gleamed from the trailer) are doing an equally OK job considering the quality of lines they’ve been given. The amount of poop jokes may be a bit too high for the average consumer, but something tells me this isn’t really being made for a distinguished, non-poop-joke-enjoying crowd.
Check out the trailer below:
Mr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014. [Apple]