Mister Peabody

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Mister Peabody
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show character
First appearance 1959
Created by Ted Key
Voiced by Bill Scott (TV)
Ty Burrell (film)
Chris Parnell (TV Reboot based on the film)[1]
Species Dog
Gender Male
Relatives Sherman (adopted son)
Nationality American

Mr. Peabody is a cartoon dog who appeared in the late 1950s and early 1960s television animated series Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, produced by Jay Ward. Peabody appeared in the "Peabody's Improbable History" segments created by Ted Key, and was voiced by Bill Scott. In 2014, he was featured in a computer-animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Since 2015, he appears in the new TV series based on the film.

Mr. Peabody's first name is never given or referred to in the cartoons, but in an animated promo for the Rocky & Bullwinkle Savings Stamp Club he tells Sherman that it's "Hector."[2]

Peabody's Improbable History[edit]


Sherman and Mr. Peabody enter the WABAC machine

The cartoons are about Peabody, a beagle who is the smartest being in existence. Peabody has accomplished many things in his life as a business magnate, inventor, scientist, Nobel laureate, gourmand, and two-time Olympic medalist.[3] Mr. Peabody becomes sad and lonely and decides to adopt his own human son. In an alley, he meets Sherman (voiced by Walter Tetley), a dorky, bespectacled, red-haired boy. After saving Sherman from a group of bullies, Peabody discovers that Sherman is an orphan and decides to adopt him.

After a court appearance and a talk with the President and the government, Peabody becomes Sherman's new guardian. Mr. Peabody tells Sherman to not call him "Daddy" and to call him by his name, "Mr. Peabody", or "Peabody".

Believing that boys need running room, Peabody invents the WABAC time machine as a birthday gift for Sherman. He and Sherman go back in time to see a Roman speaking in Latin; Peabody adds a translator circuit to the machine so that everyone seems to speak English. They see the Roman again and learn that he is a used chariot salesman. Their next trip is to see Ben Franklin flying his kite that discovered electricity, but Peabody and Sherman discover that they cannot interact with the past. Peabody makes some more adjustments, turning the WABAC into a "should-have-been machine". This causes past events to seem distorted and anachronistic, and famous people to behave out of character.

Each of the cartoons usually ends with a bad pun from Mr. Peabody to Sherman which resulted in a group sour notes played on a tuba or bass trombone. Only if the pun was good was the distorted sound not heard.[according to whom?]


This is the list of 91 episodes which aired in 1959 and 1960:[4][5]

  1. "Show Opening" (featuring Ben Franklin)
  2. "Napoleon"
  3. "Lord Nelson"
  4. "Wyatt Earp"
  5. "King Arthur"
  6. "Franz Schubert"
  7. "Lucrezia Borgia"
  8. "Sir Walter Raleigh"
  9. "Robert Fulton"
  10. "Annie Oakley"
  11. "Jesse James"
  12. "The Wright Brothers"
  13. "George Armstrong Custer"
  14. "Alfred Nobel"
  15. "Marco Polo"
  16. "Richard the Lionhearted"
  17. "Don Juan"
  18. "William Tecumseh Sherman"
  19. "First Kentucky Derby"
  20. "P. T. Barnum"
  21. "Stanley and Livingstone"
  22. "Louis Pasteur"
  23. "Robin Hood"
  24. "Robinson Crusoe"
  25. "Ponce de León"
  26. "Leonardo da Vinci"
  27. "John L. Sullivan"
  28. "Paul Revere"
  29. "Confucius"
  30. "Nero"
  31. "Captain Matthew Clift"
  32. "Vasco Núñez de Balboa"
  33. "Peter Cooper"
  34. "The Battle of Bunker Hill"
  35. "The Pony Express"
  36. "Stephen Decatur"
  37. "Alexander Graham Bell"
  38. "Commander Peary"
  39. "Pancho Villa"
  40. "Lord Francis Douglas"
  41. "Sitting Bull"
  42. "Christopher Columbus"
  43. "The French Foreign Legion"
  44. "Guglielmo Marconi"
  45. "Scotland Yard"
  46. "John Holland"
  47. "Louis XVI"
  48. "Francisco Pizzaro"
  49. "Daniel Boone"
  50. "William Shakespeare"
  51. "Zebulon Pike"
  52. "The First Golf Match"
  53. "William Tell"
  54. "James McNeill Whistler"
  55. "Ferdinand Magellan"
  56. "Ludwig van Beethoven"
  57. "Calamity Jane"
  58. "Cornwallis' Surrender"
  59. "The First Indian Nickel"
  60. "Jules Verne"
  61. "Casanova"
  62. "Lawrence of Arabia"
  63. "Bonnie Prince Charlie"
  64. "Paul Reuter"
  65. "Johannes Gutenberg"
  66. "Buffalo Bill"
  67. "Hans Christian Ørsted"
  68. "Leif Ericson"
  69. "John Sutter"
  70. "Sir Isaac Newton"
  71. "Kit Carson"
  72. "The First Caveman"
  73. "Geronimo"
  74. "The Great Wall of China"
  75. "The Marquis of Queensbury"
  76. "Jim Bowie"
  77. "Edgar Allan Poe"
  78. "Charge of the Light Brigade"
  79. "The Royal Mounted Police"
  80. "The First Bullfight"
  81. "The Building of The Great Pyramid"
  82. "John James Audubon"
  83. "Mata Hari"
  84. "Galileo"
  85. "Wellington At Waterloo"
  86. "Florence Nightingale"
  87. "Henry the VIII"
  88. "The First Indianapolis Auto Race"
  89. "Captain Kidd"
  90. "The Texas Rangers"
  91. "Cleopatra"

Mr. Peabody & Sherman[edit]

Main article: Mr. Peabody & Sherman

An animated feature film based on the characters of Mister Peabody and Sherman had been in development at DreamWorks Animation since 2007.[6] The feature was directed by Rob Minkoff, who is known for co-directing The Lion King for Disney. In January 2011, it was announced that a 3-D computer animated film titled Mr. Peabody & Sherman would be released on March 14, 2014.[7] Robert Downey, Jr. was announced to voice Mr. Peabody,[8] but in March 2012, was replaced by Ty Burrell.[9] Max Charles, the actor who plays young Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man voiced Sherman.[9] In June 2012, it was reported that Mr. Peabody & Sherman's release date had been moved up to November 8, 2013. Stephen Colbert voiced Paul Peterson, Mr. Peabody's nemesis; Leslie Mann voiced Peterson's wife, Patty, and Ariel Winter (Burrell's Modern Family co-star) voiced their daughter Penny. Also joining the cast were Allison Janney and Stephen Tobolowsky.[10] In September 2012, the release date was moved up for a week to November 1, 2013. It finally had an official release on March 7, 2014.[11] The film was produced by Alex Schwartz and Denise Cascino, and written by Craig Wright.[12]

The film focused much more on Mr. Peabody and Sherman's personal lives that prompt a series of time traveling mishaps with the WABAC machine, forcing the pair to put things on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed.[9]

Unlike the show, Mr. Peabody treats Sherman as a beloved son, whom he adopted as an infant rather than a pet and assistant, and the machine is more futuristic with an autonomous aircraft function. Also, a third member of the team is introduced, Penny, who is Sherman's rival and later, best friend and love interest.

The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show[edit]

An animated television series based on the 2014 film, starring Mr. Peabody and Sherman, premiered in October 2015, on Netflix.[13] It takes the form of a talk show named The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, with Mr. Peabody and Sherman hosting historical guests.[13] The series is inspired by the 1960s short segments, including their hand-drawn animation and comedy, and it also integrates some elements from the 2014 film.[13] Mr. Peabody is voiced by Chris Parnell, while Max Charles reprises his role as Sherman from the film.[13]


Television shows[edit]

  • In The Simpsons' fifth Halloween special ("Treehouse of Horror V"), in the Time and Punishment segment, Homer finds himself able to travel through time by means of a magic toaster and comes across Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The characters Kang and Kodos later take on Peabody's and Sherman's appearances due to Homer's meddling with the time stream.
  • In Time Squad, the character Otto is modeled on Sherman, and Larry partially on Peabody.


  • The 1985 film Back to the Future included a character named Otis Peabody and a son named Sherman, a tribute to the animated characters. Unlike the famed duo, this Sherman and Mr. Peabody are hostile toward Marty and his time machine, mistaking Marty for an evil alien and his DeLorean car for a spaceship.


  1. ^ http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/mr-peabody-and-sherman-netflix-show-dreamworks-animation-1201557948/
  2. ^ BrianRetro (August 2, 2012). "Rocky and Bullwinkle Stamp Club". YouTube. Event occurs at 3:50. Retrieved November 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Story Overlay". Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Vol.1". iTunes. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Vol. 2". iTunes. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ CAFFEINATED CLINT (November 20, 2007). "Exclusive Interview : Jeffrey Katzenberg". Moviehole. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gregg Taylor Named DreamWorks Animation's Head of Development and Alex Schwartz Named Producer of Mr. Peabody & Sherman". DreamWorks Animation. January 24, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ Breznican, Anthony (2011-01-17). "EXCLUSIVE: Robert Downey Jr. to star in 'Peabody and Sherman' for DreamWorks Animation". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  9. ^ a b c "Ty Burrell & Max Charles Take On Lead Roles in Dreamworks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 2014". DreamWorks Animation. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ McClintock, Pamela (June 11, 2012). "Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney Join Voice Cast of 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Hollywood Reporter". 
  12. ^ DreamWorks Animation (September 9, 2012). "New Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Unveils DreamWorks Animation's Release Slate Through 2016". DreamWorks Animation. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d Spangler, Todd (August 6, 2015). "Netflix Reboots ‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’ in Series from DreamWorks Animation (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved October 3, 2015. 

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