Downey Jr. To Voice Cartoon Dog, Be Charming

Monday, January 17 by

Robert Downey Jr. may have been the butt of some rather cruel jokes at the Golden Globes last night, but that’s not stopping him from piling on projects left and right. The actor has signed on to lend his voice to the bespectacled genius dog Mr. Peabody in Peabody and Sherman, the CGI big screen adaptation of the beloved animated shorts from “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.” In the shorts, and presumably the movie, Peabody and his ‘pet boy’ Sherman travel through time using the WABAC machine, learning various historical lessons along the way. With such classic source material and A-list voice talent, the project should be a slam dunk, right?

Well, if Yogi Bear was your idea of a slam dunk, and you can’t wait for the special edition Blu-Ray, you’re in luck: Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin, who wrote Yogi, are in charge of putting words in Downey’s CGI dog mouth. Rob Minkoff, who helmed The Lion King (yes!), Stuart Little (okay!), and The Haunted Mansion (oh god make it stop!) is directing. The film is slated to come out in 3D sometime in 2014,  because that’s how long it takes to build a WABAC machine. (The Playlist)

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