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  • Robert Downey Jr., Kelsey Grammer, and Geoffrey Rush were considered for the role of Mr. Peabody. Downey was cast, but had to back out, due to scheduling conflicts.
  • This is the fourth film based on the Rocky and Bullwinkle franchise. The previous three were Boris and Natasha (1992), Dudley Do-Right (1999), and The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000). This is also the first fully animated film among those entries.
  • A short film starring Rocky and Bullwinkle was supposed to be featured along with the film, but wasn't. (It was said to be a test for a possible animated feature film starring the two.) The short was reportedly pushed back for a later DreamWorks release, so it could run as a candidate for the Academy Awards' Best Animated Short of 2014 category. The short film Almost Home (2014) was featured instead.
  • Rob Minkoff is a big fan of "Peabody's Improbable History" segment on Rocky and Bullwinkle, and had been dreaming of making a movie adaptation for years.
  • Director Rob Minkoff chose Ty Burrell for Mr. Peabody, because "his voice embodied all the different aspects of the character today - not just the intellect and the suave personality, but the underlying warmth as well."
  • A painting of Bullwinkle Jay Moose ("host" of the series, in which Peabody and Sherman debuted) can be seen in Mr. Peabody's apartment.
  • Jess Harnell and Stanley Tucci have worked on the Transformers films. Harnell voiced Ironhide and Barricade, while Tucci played Joshua in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).
  • Mona Lisa complains about sitting around on her "abbondanza". This word means "abundance" in Italian. (It should be noted that the painting is called "The Mona Lisa". "Mona Lisa" is not the name of the woman in the painting.)
  • When the camera zooms into Peabody's penthouse at the beginning of the movie, there is a sketch of Bullwinkle on the wall over Peabody's yoga mat.
  • The stuffed animal, with which Sherman sleeps, is Dudley Do-Right's horse, from another Bullwinkle spin-off.
  • The literal translations of some of this film's foreign language titles include "The Adventures of Mr. Peabody & Sherman" (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Peru, Russia, and Spain), "Mr. Peabody & Sherman: The Journey Through Time" (France), "Dog Prodigy Prof. Peabo's Time Travel" (Japan), and "Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Time Travel" (Turkey).
  • Some of the foreign names for the WABAC Machine (Mr. Peabody and Sherman's time machine) include the "TIDMAC" (Denmark), the "Chronomat" (France), the "Zeitomat" (Germany), the "CHRONOAVGO" (Greece), the "Tornindietro" (Italy), the "Modorin" (Japan), the "TILBAK" (Norway), the "VEYBEK" (Russia), and the "Vueltatr?s" (Spain).
  • When Mr. Peabody is trying to impress Penny's parents with his many talents, upon being asked for something more rock'n'roll, he plays the opening riff from "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, and even does it as Hendrix would, left-handed (or, in Mr. Peabody's case, left-pawed). He then switches to playing flamenco guitar in a normal right-handed manner.
  • Originally, Miss Grunion was to be a dog-hating cat lover, who had a bunch of sinister-looking pet cats. This aspect of Grunion was nixed altogether for the finished film, but there is a portrait on the wall in one of her early scenes that alludes to this.
  • The glass monitors on the hallway to the WABAC hangar (and some of the controls inside the WABAC) have symbols similar to the Gallifreyan symbols seen in Doctor Who (2005).
  • Marie Antoinette's obsession with "cake" in the film is due to the rumor that when the peasants complained of their lack of bread (and food for that matter), she said "let them eat *brioche*." This word means expensive bread, but was later mistranslated as "cake." However, there is no real evidence that Marie uttered such words, which have also been attributed to another French queen, about one hundred years earlier. The reason the peasants revolted, wasn't due to such quote as depicted in the movie, rather she and King Louis XVI were taken from the Versailles palace to Paris by a revolt of angry peasant women, after they discovered the royals had been hording grains from the rest of the people. This is also debatable, as the specifics of this affair are not really known, regardless, their house arrest was due to the peasant revolt during France's early Revolution.
  • The tomb, into which Mr. Peabody and Sherman are thrown in ancient Egypt, is the same snake tomb Indiana Jones is thrown into in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
  • WABAC stands for Wavelength Acceleration Bi-directional Asynchronous Controller.
  • Mr. Peabody's drink "Einstein on the Beach" is also the title of a four act opera by Philip Glass, composed in 1975.
  • This is the first movie to be based on the Rocky and Bullwinkle franchise since The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000).
  • Originally, this movie was to be a live action computer animated film to be released in 2003. But it wasn't realized until 2011, when the film was announced, to be a computer animated movie.
  • A painting of Rocky and Bullwinkle can be seen at the end of the movie, when George Washington, Bill Clinton, and Abraham Lincoln write a document all together.
  • Ariel Winter, Zach Callison, and Jess Harnell, who voiced Penny, King Tut, and few historical figures in this film, used to work on Sofia the First (2013), as the voices of Sofia, James, and Cedric, all respectively, of course.
  • At one point, this film was slated for a November 2013 release, but was pushed back to March 2014.
  • At one point, Dan Aykroyd was rumored for the voice of Mr. Peabody.
  • A painting of Bullwinkle, and a painting of Rocky, can be seen in the background, when Peabody invites the Petersons for dinner.
  • A painting of Jay Ward, the original creator of ' Rocky and His Friends (1959) , and The Bullwinkle Show (1960), can be shown when Sherman is at school.
  • This is the fourth animated film to be directed by Rob Minkoff, after his three Disney films Tummy Trouble (1989), Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990), and The Lion King (1994).
  • According to Rob Minkoff, Penny Peterson was originally going to be shown as a boy. But, they later changed her into a girl, so that she could later become the love interest for Sherman.
  • There is a 300 (2006) reference in this movie. Ty Burrell, who voiced Mr. Peabody, worked with Zack Snyder, the director of 300, previously in Dawn of the Dead (2004). Gerard Butler, who portrayed King Leonidas, the lead role of 300 (2006), portrayed Stoick in How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) , another DreamWorks Animation movie.
  • When Sherman and Penny go to the elevator, there's a painting of Bullwinkle, and a painting of Rocky in the background. Rocky and Bullwinkle are the hosts from Rocky and His Friends (1959) and The Bullwinkle Show (1960), of which Mr. Peabody and Sherman were a part.
  • Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter, who voiced Mr. Peabody and Penny respectively, also worked on Modern Family (2009) as Alex and Phil Dunphy respectively.
  • Lauri Fraser (Marie Antoinette) later starred in Rocky and Bullwinkle (2014), as the voice of Natasha, replacing June Foray, and the short itself, which was originally supposed to be shown in theaters with this film, was later changed to a direct-to-video short on the Blu-ray 3-D Edition.
  • While traveling through the ages (towards the beginning of the movie), we see an Egyptian princess lifting baby Moses out of a basket. This is a nod to another DreamWorks Animation film, The Prince of Egypt (1998).
  • Leslie Mann (Patty Peterson) had played Ursula Stanhope in George of the Jungle (1997), also based on a cartoon by Jay Ward, and Stephen Colbert (Paul Peterson) had voiced the President in Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), also a film by DreamWorks Animation.
  • Second non-original DreamWorks Animation film that's not based off of a children's book, instead being based off a segment on The Bullwinkle Show (1960). The first one being Over the Hedge (2006), which is based off of a comic strip.
  • Allison Janney's second DreamWorks Animation film, after Over the Hedge (2006), where she also played a villain that's a strict female human with a dislike to animals. Janney is the second voice actor to voice a villain in a DreamWorks Animation film twice, after Ralph Fiennes, in The Prince of Egypt (1998) and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005).
  • Penny's father's name is Paul, which could be a name reference to Paul Frees who voiced many historical figures on the original Mr. Peabody & Sherman segments, and narrated some of the Dudley Do-Right segments, and voiced Boris Badanov in the Rocky and Bullwinkle adventures on Rocky and His Friends (1959) and The Bullwinkle Show (1960).
  • Penny is the second character to have a name like that in a Dreamworks Animation film after the female porcupine named Penny from Over the Hedge (2006), of which Ariel Winter (voice of Penny Peterson in this film) is listed in the additional voices in that film.
  • Patrick Warburton's second DreamWorks Animation film after Bee Movie (2007).
  • Ms. Grunion works at a Child Agency at the orphanage which could be an homage to Problem Child (1990) where the character in that film who works there is named Mr. Peabody a direct homage to the character from this film and from Rocky and His Friends (1959) and The Bullwinkle Show (1960) although the Mr. Peabody in Problem Child movies is a man and he also has a first name which is Igor while the Mr. Peabody from this film and the shows is a dog and his first name is Hector which is not even mentioned in this film.
  • The elementary school Sherman and Penny go to is named after Susan B. Anthony. Back in October 2006 June Foray the voices of Rocky and Natasha use to voice the character in the short lived podcast series The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd which draws much inspiration from both 'Rocky and His Friends (1959) and The Bullwinkle Show (1960).
  • Leslie Mann's third role playing a mom character after Shorts (2009) and ParaNorman (2012).
  • From the Creators of The Croods (2013) and How to Train Your Dragon (2010).
  • And the Director of The Lion King (1994).
  • The face and voice of Spartacus are a tribute to Kirk Douglas, who originated the role in Spartacus (1960)
  • This film clarifies the mystery of the fate of the sphinx' nose.
  • At the lunch table, Sherman's lunchbox reads, "A Brief History of Lunch," a reference to Professor Steven Hawking's ,"A Brief History of Time," which sold 10 million copies worldwide.
  • Sherman and Penny's relationship is very similar to that of Woody and Buzz Lightyear in the first Toy Story (1995). Both don't like eachother at first, both fight at some point (Penny puts Sherman in a headlock onscreen and Sherman bites her arm offscreen, Woody and Buzz fight under Andy's mom's car and that's what's gets them stranded at the gas station), both characters fly together at some point and 1 of them discovers he can fly (Buzz towards the end when he opens his wings so he and Woody separate from the rocket strapped to him so he and Woody don't blow up, although Woody was the one to notice that he (Buzz) was flying and Sherman when Penny lets go of the plane controls) and both of them become best friends by the end of the movie. Also, both Woody and Penny are the initial jealous ones at the start of their respective movie.
  • The film was released in March 2014 which marks the 55th Anniversary of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
  • Max Charles's first animated movie voice role. His next two animated movie voice roles were The Angry Birds Movie (2016) and Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown (2017)
  • After debuting at number two at the U.S. box office in it's opening weekend, it managed to hit number one in it's second weekend. It ended up ultimately being the only Dreamworks Animation film of 2014 to hit nunber one at all. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) and Penguins of Madagascar (2014) both also debuted at number two, but they never hit number one.
  • Grossed $111 million domestically, the lowest figure for a Dreamworks Animation film since Chicken Run (2000).
  • Along with Leslie Mann's other animated film of 2014 Rio 2 (2014) by Blue Sky Studios, this film was accompanied by the short film Almost Home (2014), of which was a prequel to another Dreamworks Animation film that released one year later, being Home (2015).

Spoilers

  • Some moments are taken from the "origin story" segment of the original "Peabody's Improbable History" cartoon: * The first scene with Mr. Peabody, when he is introducing himself while in a yoga pose. * The Judge says about Mr. Peabody raising Sherman, that "there's no reason a dog can't adopt a human." * Mr. Peabody instructs Sherman to call him "Mr. Peabody" and not "Father" (Daddy in the cartoon). * Mr. Peabody builds the WABAC machine as an educational toy to keep Sherman out of mischief. * Mr. Peabody faces opposition from officials, who believe a dog can't raise a boy. * Mr. Peabody and Sherman encounter Benjamin Franklin (and lightning). * Mr. Peabody acquires Presidential authority to keep Sherman. * Mr. Peabody's opening and closing monologues.
  • Just before the end credits, as the Trojan Horse is being pulled off-screen, it is followed fittingly by the mustachioed little street cleaner from the "parade" title sequence of the "Peabody's Improbable History" cartoons.
  • When Sherman recommends going to the future to save history, the theme from Edward Scissorhands (1990) can be heard. Danny Elfman was the composer for this film and that one.
  • Agamemnon says to a policeman "Don't tase me, bro." This is in reference to University of Florida student Andrew Meyer, who made the line famous in a 2007 viral video shot at a town hall forum, in which he was trying to ask a question of Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). The line was edited in previews to "Take it easy, bro."
  • When Peabody and Sherman are going to the future the WABAC machine's speedometer briefly displays 88 miles per hour, the speed required for the Delorean time machine in Back to the Future (1985), a movie which contained a gag paying homage to the original Peabody and Sherman cartoons.
  • Unused production art shows that the third act would've played out differently. After Peabody bit Miss Grunion, he is arrested and taken to a high-security prison to be euthanized, Sherman is in Grunion's custody, and a dejected Penny is driven home by her parents. The next morning, Penny goes to school, and from her classroom window, she and her classmates witness the quantum vortex (caused by Peabody and Sherman's prior combining with their past selves) unfurling directly over Peabody Industries. Penny, determined to make amends, then sets out to free Sherman and Peabody. With Grunion and the law in hot pursuit, Peabody, Sherman, and Penny escape from her on Peabody's red Vespa sidecar (which he used to ride Sherman to school), resulting in a chase through New York City, through Central Park, and backtracking to Peabody Industries. There, the three quickly use the WABAC, and set off to make things right, with Grunion and the law in hot pursuit once again. The rest of the scenario is pretty much identical to that of the finished film (only on a regular sunny day permeated by ominous charcoal-gray clouds, rather than night).
  • A deleted scene has Mr. Peabody going to see Sigmund Freud, after the "bite" incident, and as a result, he has a nightmare involving Sherman (whose face is on a flower), and Ms. Grunion taking Sherman away from him, while utterly humiliating him in court.
  • The Trojan Horse scenario in the film is a bit different from the Homeric version of the story. The entire brain trust of the Greek army is shown in the Horse, which in Homer's Odyssey was inhabited only by a bunch of sappers supervised by Odysseus, whose mission was to open the gates so a much larger Greek army could enter. (Publius Vergilius Maro's first century B.C. retelling in the Aeneid, put the high commanders in the horse.) Oedipus is present, even though in Homer's stories, he had died before the Trojan War ever began. Agamemnon's father was the wholly-human king Atreus, not the Minotaur beast. Agamemnon was already married, long before the Trojan War, but Ms. Grunion would not have been the only "prize" he brought home.
  • When Mr. Peabody is about to be taken away by the pound, he is pardoned by former President Washington, and given a second pardon by former President Lincoln. Then, former President Clinton comes out from the side and says, "I've done worse". This is a reference to Bill Clinton's scandals during his Presidency.
  • At the climax of the movie, when people and objects are coming through the vortex, Robbespierre falls onto the WABAC and says "I'll get you, dog, and your little boy, too!" This is a reference to the famous line spoken by the Wicked Witch of the West, in The Wizard of Oz (1939), in which she tells Dorothy, "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!"
  • During the sequence that shows Peabody raising Sherman among time travels, it shows Peabody signing a paper (as if he was William Shakespeare) that is later handed to Shakespeare, who is looking after Sherman. This scene is a nod to an actual theory that speculates Shakespeare is not the author of his works, for which he is widely known.
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