I needn’t have worried. The prospect of a feature-length Mr. Peabody & Sherman made me nervous, since the Sahara-dry humor that made the old Jay Ward cartoon unique is all but absent from today’s animated efforts.
The story of the ultra-smart, time-traveling dog and his pet boy was introduced as a segment of Ward’s brilliant Rocky & Bullwinkle Show in the 1960s. And the attempt to turn that show into a live-action movie (co-starring Robert De Niro, no less) was a catastrophe. Ditto the live-action reboots of Ward’s Dudley Do-Right and George of the Jungle.