'Mr. Peabody and Sherman' director praises Filipino talent

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 25, 2014

NEW YORK – How hard could it possibly be for the world’s smartest talking dog, Mr. Peabody, to adopt a human boy named Sherman, raise him like his own and teach him history using a time machine while at it?

That’s a question this Dreamwork’s animated movie “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” tries to answer as it takes us through the incredible journey across time of this unusual father and son duo.

Voiced by Ty Burrell, star of the hit TV series “Modern Family”, Mr. Peabody is a highly intelligent pooch who invented WABAC – a time machine so he can give his son some history lessons by having him experience it first-hand.

But when Sherman, voiced by Max Charles – the young Peter Parker in the movie Amazing Spider-Man, took his friend for a joyride, they accidentally ripped a whole in the universe.

What happens next is an adventure of a lifetime.

Director Rob Minkoff once joked that this movie is like the original “Modern Family.”

Minkoff said, “It’s about acceptance and the importance of families.”

“As an adoptive parent, I love the message that it isn’t necessarily the externals that are important,” Burrell said. “A parent who loves and cares for their kids is the most important thing; that is really the strongest storyline.”

When asked, “If you were given a chance to ride a WABAC, where would you go?” Max Charles said, “Either the old Mr. Peabody and Sherman, or dinosaurs, because – maybe not get too close to dinosaurs, just stay in the WABAC.”

Derived from his favorite 1960s cartoon TV show “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” Minkoff – whose previous animated hits include Disney’s blockbuster “The Lion King” – updates this classic cartoon to make it fun for today’s kids, yet witty enough for adults to enjoy.

He said that he has worked with some of the greatest Filipino animators in the business.

“Ruben Aquino was an animator that I worked with for a long time in Disney on the Lion King – a great Filipino animator,” Minkoff said. “He was one of the best animators I ever got to work with. He did adult Simba in The Lion King. He also animated Ursula in the Little Mermaid, which is a character that I designed.”

Minkoff is all praises for Filipino talent.

He says he’s a friend and fan of FilAm Dean Devlin, the producer of the hit movie “Independence Day.”

Minkoff said, “I have not been to the Philippines yet but I’m destined to go there very soon.”

“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” opens in the Philippines on March 6 and in the US on March 7.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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