Bringing the classic 2D animated characters and story of Mr.Peabody & Sherman to the big screen was always going to be a challenging project. DreamWorks Animation was up to the task transitioning the classic cartoon characters into an animated 3D world while staying true to the spirit of Jay Ward’s original 1960s TV series. The studio used NUKE and MARI to build the path from the past to the present with dazzling effect.
This animated feature had its origins in ‘Peabody’s Improbable History’ segments on the ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’. Mr. Peabody was a gifted dog who mastered many skills including being a father. He was allowed to adopt a boy named, Sherman. In order to teach Sherman about history, Mr. Peabody invented a time travel device he called, the WABAC. This is where the adventure begins.
One of the biggest challenges for DreamWorks Animation’s artists was the sheer number of environments and sets that needed to be created. Travelling through time in the WABAC called for all manner of new and exciting environments from ancient Egypt and Italy to revolutionary France and current time resulting in 86 different locations. There were multiple catalogues of crowd characters with all different kinds of clothing and accessories for each time period. The textured finish on the surfaces of sets and on the characters, had to be approached very carefully.