Right now it may be a geezer, but this time next year it may not be (too lazy to look up the release date). Stephen Colbert is supposed to be a voice (but not Sherman or Mr. Peabody) in the upcoming Dreamworks adaptation.
Actually, Dysfunctional, that could be a strong indication that the original WAS spelled “Wabac”: they could name theirs “Wayback Machine” with less fear of an overly-ambitious lawyer knocking on their doors.
I know you are probably referring to the 2002 Robert DeNiro abomination, but ten years earlier there was a previous live action adaptation called “Boris and Natasha”. It starred Dave Thomas and Sally Kellerman in the eponymous roles. Rocky and Bullwinkle don’t actually appear in it, but Boris and Natasha refer to them as off-screen characters. I remember it being slightly better than the awful 2002 film, but there was a reason “Boris and Natasha” didn’t get a theatrical relese and went straight to video.
Sherman appears to be curtseying. Which is all kinds of wrong, in itself. I suppose Hilburn just couldn’t draw him bowing in anything that looked remotely recognizable.
I was also gonna mention the upcoming movie taking this out of geezer range (but maybe a premature; he should have saved for a few months. I fully expect it to be a disaster, just as every attempt to bring Jay Ward to the big screen has been. OK, I haven’t seen the Dudley Do-right film and if anybody could pull off the role it’s Brendan Fraser, but the rest of the cast is just as important. Anyway, when you consider that George of the Jungle is by far the best attempt and it wasn’t all that great, it’s clear nobody will ever get these right (for one thing, nobody seems able to function on several levels at once, the way Ward did). How long before somebody tries again with Tom Slick or Super Chicken?
Jay Ward might not be part of the Zeitgeist , but I think most of his creations still are. As long as there’s baby boomers in the entertainment industry, chestnuts like these aren’t going to fade into obscurity as quickly as one might think.
There was an agreeable “George of the Jungle” movie, which actually worked as well or better if you had no knowledge of the cartoon. The Jay Ward cartoons were a product of a time and place; you can no more precisely recreate them than you can duplicate a Keystone comedy in modern LA.
“Rocky and Bullwinkle” was cheaply and quickly animated in Mexico at a newly-created studio, which turned out to be a perfect match for the fast-talking, off-the-wall dialogue. The whole show looked like a lucky improv.
The later “George of the Jungle” had much better animation; fortunately they figured out how to keep the same goofy look with sharper designs while tossing in clever sight gags that also looked ad libbed (The title song sequences in “George” are genius).
Eons later, a series called “Freakazoid” tried for the same kind of wit — but with comparatively lavish animation and music. The writing and voice work WAS often clever, but superior production deadened a lot of jokes.
@ Mary in Ohio (14) - I’ve never seen a Queen Vic strip here, but I have mentioned it a number of times in comments. Normally this elicits some sort of “oh no, not that again” from one of the Anti-QV-curmudgeons.
@ Inkwell (15) - I was thinking the same thing. I’m 26 and watched these cartoons a lot as a kid. I think all my friends did too; I doubt many of my peers would have trouble recognizing the characters.
I watched these shows (and Crusader Rabbit too for even more geezer points) when they first ran, but the DVDs are out, so geezerdom is not required. I even had the Rocky and Bullwinkle LP.
I quite liked the George movie. I am not an expert on the show, but I think they got the snarky narrator just right - not as good as Bill Conrad, but close. My wife and daughters liked it also, but I somehow think that was not from it being true to Ward’s style.
Anyhow, this strip fails about not being true to Mr. Peabody’s character. He would be far more likely to advice the Queen on foreign policy than to be sniffing anything.
Cidu Bill @27: “A young boy and his dog …” Wow, they have it all wrong before even finishing the first sentence!
In one of the original cartoons, Mr. Peabody gives us a short biography of himself (much of his money came from his stint as “The Wolf of Wall Street”) and tells how he came to adopt Sherman.
In a flashback, after the adoption is finalized, Sherman says “Daddy!” and Mr. Peabody says, “Sherman, you are never to call me that. You may call me Mr. Peabody, or simply Peabody when speaking informally.”
If I remember correctly (and I usually don’t), at the end of the cartoon Mr. Peabody tells us “Every dog should have a boy!”
The Mark Twain story is fiction, but the following is supposedly factual. Taken from a history web site:
‘She [Queen Elizabeth the first] could be forgiving too. John Aubrey, the diarist, tells a story about the Earl of Oxford. When the Earl made a low obeisance to the Queen, he happened to let go a fart, at which he was so ashamed that he left the country for 7 years. At his return the Queen welcomed him and said, “My lord, I had forgot the fart”!’