Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Saturday School: Peabody's Improbable History (1959)

One of the rotating backup features on Rocky & His Friends, aka The Bullwinkle Show, was Peabody's Improbable History, which toplined a canine genius and his pet boy, a reversal on the traditional pairings of boys and their dogs. Bill Scott (Bullwinkle) voiced Mr. Peabody, with radio star Walter Tetley as Sherman. To my knowledge, this may be Tetley's only cartoon credit.

Peabody, it can be inferred, was a forerunner to Cartoon Network's short-lived Time Squad, which borrowed more from the live-action Voyagers! than it did Peabody, but that's another story for another time. In the following video, Peabody & Sherman meet "Geronimo".......

Word is that Peabody & Sherman will live again, as a CGI feature film is in the works for a 2014 release, with Robert Downey, Jr. ("Iron Man", "Sherlock Holmes") voicing Peabody. Whether or not that actually sees the light of day is still a point of conjecture, however........

Rating: A-.


magicdog said...

Love, love, LOVE Mr. Peabody!

Well - just about all of the segments from the house of Jay Ward were great, and seeing Peabody and his boy Sherman sharing adventures in history was particularly hilarious! Even Peabody's puns at the very end!

I have heard Sherman was the inspiration for the name of the band, "Herman's Hermits". Lead singer, Peter Noone was told he appeared to resemble Sherman, and it became his nickname. Eventually the "S" was dropped and he became, "Herman".

The rest is history.

hobbyfan said...

I've read about the Herman's Hermits connection as well. However, since Noone was a blond, and Sherman's a redhead, I'd take that info with a whole can of salt......!