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Bringing Mr. Peabody & Sherman Back with Director Rob Minkoff

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Photo courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.

My kids are always asking me how long it takes to make an animated film. The answer is always different depending on the film, and where the idea of each film first began. My Dad has grown-up with Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and they are a very important part of his childhood. When he found out they were coming out with a new Mr. Peabody & Sherman film, the first question he asked me was, “what made them decide to bring them back?” Director Rob Minkoff answered the question of how the film began, and the commitment that went into bringing this film to life.

Photo courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.

Photo courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.

Minkoff had his first conversations about the film back in 2002 after finishing the film Stuart Little. Jason Clark who was Minkoff’s producing partner came back from lunch with Bob Higgins, who now runs Cartoon Network, and said to Minkoff, “What do you think of Mr. Peabody and Sherman?” That is how the idea of the film first began.

When they were first talking about making the film, they had planned for it to be a live action film. Minkoff said, “It started to occur to me that maybe it would be better if it was an animation film.”

They first took the project to Walden Media, but Tiffany Ward was still working to resolve legal issues to bring all of her Dad’s creations under one umbrella. Since she was still in that process, they had to break away from Walden Media. When they were ready to come back to Walden media, they only wanted to be a 50 percent investor, that left them looking for another investor. “We literally went on a trek around Hollywood to find a partner for it, and came up empty. It didn’t occur to me to come to DreamWorks Animation at the time. It honestly didn’t occur to me. I got suggested in 2005 to go have a meeting because they were interested,” said Minkoff.

Photo courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.

Photo courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.

Alex Walden, Jason Clark and Rob Minkoff went for a meeting with Jeffrey Katzenburg. Minkoff told us, “Jeffrey was very excited. He said, ‘if you’re directing the movie, I’m in.'” When Walden learned that Katzenburg didn’t want to be a 50 percent partner, but wanted to do the whole film, Walden backed out. “Graciously,” said Tiffany Ward.

“So it was in 2005 that we started.” Rob Minkoff.

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Photo courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman will be in theaters on March 7th. Learn more about the film online, Facebook, and Twitter #MrPeabody.

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