Thursday Spotlight – Mr Peabody & Sherman Movie!


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Last week I got an message in my inbox with something I was quite surprised with. A management company who represents a dreamworks movie contacted me to do a blog on their up and comming movie! “Mr Peabody & Sherman”. Ive been blogging for just about a year so when someone contacts me regarding something like this, I kinda freaked out a little! This is what the email said;

“Hi Kimberley,
I’m with Mayer & Associates: Pet Dish we are based in LA and currently working on the upcoming release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman! It’s a time travel adventure with the world’s smartest beagle and his boy Sherman! I’ve been reaching out to bloggers in the dog/animal space who can help spread the news of the film’s opening by doing a post about it on their blogs. This is fun to share since it’s such a cute dog movie :) Also, if you’d like to receive a Free movie poster from the film you can respond to this email with your address.

I’ve also attached an image you can use to accompany a post. I do have others if you’d like. I hope you help us share the news.

Warm Regards,
Brie Strohmeyer
Mayer & Associates: Pet Dish

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*Who is filling out this interview?:
Brie Strohmeyer, I’m working on the PR campaign for the film but I’m also a Pet reporter who covers celebrity pets you can follow me on twitter @BrieStroh or Instagram @BrieStroh13

*When is the movie coming to theatres?:
The movie hits theaters in the US & Canada on March 7th
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*What age range would enjoy this movie?:
The film is rated PG so it’s great for kids but also, since many adults will remember the characters classic cartoon series Rocky & Bullwinkle that aired in the 1960’s they’ll love it too. It’s a great film for families to enjoy together.

*Who made this movie(company name)?:
The film is from Dreamworks Animation and being distributed by FOX.  The director of the film is Rob Minkoff, who previously directed the Lion King!

*Who is the below interview with?
Ariel Winter – is the voice of Penny Peterson.Ariel Winter is best known for her work as Alex Dunphy on the hit TV series Modern Family. She plays the younger of the two Dunphy Daughters. Max Charles is currently on the show the “Neighbors” and he voices Sherman. Sherman is the adopted boy of Mr. Peabody.

Ariel Winter takes a break from playing brainy Alex Dunphy on TV’s “Modern Family,” to voice Penny Peterson, in DreamWorks Animation’s new animated feature, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” The film has her and fellow actor, Max Charles, who voices Sherman, traveling back in time with the worlds smartest canine. The duo recently sat down for a quick Q&A session about the film and their characters.

For those who aren’t familiar with Mr. Peabody, the highly evolved and brilliant dog and his boy Sherman, they are characters that first appeared in the 1960s, when they were introduced as part of the cartoon series, “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.” Not surprisingly, neither of the two young stars had seen the cartoon prior to being cast.

While Charles could look for inspiration in the classic cartoon for Sherman, Winter had a bigger challenge since Penny was not part of the original storyline. However, this didn’t seem to bother her, “It was basically like they handed me a book and it was empty and I got to write the pages,” she explains. “I thought it was pretty cool that I got to create my own character.” Winter also joked that she brought her own real life sass to the role.

Penny’s assertive personality is what drives Sherman to defy orders and take Penny in Mr. Peabody’s WABAC (pronounced “Way-back”) time traveling machine. They embark on an adventure throughout some of history’s most legendary events, like the Trojan War. It also becomes a journey of self-discovery. Over the course of the story, Penny and Sherman grow up and learn important lessons in friendship and understanding. At the same time, Mr. Peabody goes through the hard process of learning to let the parental reins go a little.

Winter believes Penny’s behavior and actions go deeper than just a desire to pick on Sherman. She explain, “Penny gets the most attention at school for being smartest in class, and when she gets threatened by Sherman a little bit because he comes in and kind of takes her place, she acts out, to take back what she feels is her’s. In the end Penny really realizes some things about herself and we see that she has a huge heart and she ends up caring for Sherman and Mr. Peabody.”

When asked about his favorite scene in the movie, Charles described a sequence where King Tut smashes into the windshield of the WABAC — a very appropriate response for a 10–year-old boy.

Adventure aside, the heart of the story lies in the relationships. First we have the friendship that develops between Penny and Sherman. Second, we see the challenges of the father and son relationship and the added complexities of a dog being a parent to a boy. As humanized as Mr. Peabody is, at the end of the day, he still is a dog. Clearly the message is about acceptance, and not just canine love. However, for those of us out there who love our dogs like part of the family, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is sure to hit a special chord in our hearts for the film’s depiction of the love, loyalty and companionship we share with our four-legged best friends.

In addition to the voice talents of Max Charles and Ariel Winter, Mr. Peabody is voiced by Winter’s on screen, TV dad “Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell. Be sure to check out the film when it hits theaters nationwide March 7th 2014.

*Where can one get more information about the movie?
-Official Site: http://www.mrpeabodyandsherman.com/
-Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrPeabodyandSherman
-Official hashtag #mrpeabodyandsherman

Do I have permission to copy this to my blog?
Yes, def do.

Do I have permission to use the photos you have provided me with?
Yes.

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