Every once in a while news comes out of Hollywood that stuns you with how someone out there is actually thinking. Or seems to be anyway. When it was originally announced that Mr. Peabody and Sherman from Bullwinkle's adventure would be getting their own big screen movie, trepidation was the keyword. When it was announced that Robert Downey Jr. would be voicing Mr. Peabody that trepidation transformed into hardcore disappointment. When it was later announced that Ty Burrell had replaced Downey as the voice of the smartest dog this side of Snoopy, it was all a case of excitement she wrote!
Okay there is a little trepidation remaining because Ty Burrell is known mostly for his role of Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family." Phil is oblivious to his own sense of being out of the loop and often gets thing wrong. Mr. Peabody is intensely attuned to every facet of life going on around him and is never wrong. So maybe there is something to be fearful about.
But at least Ty Burrell knows how to do more than be snarky so immediately he is superior to the very idea of Robert Downey taking on the role of Mr. Peabody. Yes, okay, Mr. Peabody is self assured and perhaps even goes beyond merely being aware of his own superiority. But unlike Tony Stark, Sherlock Holmes and every other character that Downey has been playing lately Mr. Peabody doesn't indulge in mean-spirited sarcasm when he is putting down Sherman and anyone else with whom he comes into contact.
Perhaps producers looked at old episodes of Peabody and Sherman and immediately considered his sense of overarching superiority when they first got the idea that Robert Downey should play him. That sounds about right when it comes to the level of creative thinking among Hollywood suits.
Somewhere along the line, however, somebody in charge realized that Mr. Peabody is not an unlikable thug like Tony Stark or, in the hands of Downey, Sherlock. Somebody somewhere along the line of development of this project looked into the heart of Mr. Peabody and saw that he has the love of life that makes Phil Dunphy such a lovable figure.
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