Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TVXOHOF, 06/2009-C: A DOG AND HIS BOY

The Zodiac sign for June is Gemini - the Twins. (Heh heh. Heh heh. The Twins.....)

Well, they're definitely not twins, but I do have a pair to put up for induction into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame this week to celebrate the Tooniverse:
MISTER PEABODY
and
HIS BOY SHERMAN

There were 91 minisodes of their "Improbable History" adventures produced which were first seen on the classic 'Rocky and Friends'. After that, they were repackaged and added to other Jay Ward productions like 'The Bullwinkle Show', 'The Hoppity Hooper Show', and 'Dudley Do-Right'. Mr. Peabody and Sherman also served as spokes"men" for Wheat Hearts cereal by General Mills. Don't remember it? I guess that means they weren't very good as salesmen. But here's a YouTube video in which the second commercial shows them pitching Wheat Hearts:



Of course, you need three different appearances to qualify for membership in the Hall. And thanks to a cross-time/space continuum encounter with Homer Simpson, Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman make the grade. There are also reports that they're being adapted for a big screen movie; hopefully one that is better than the 'Rocky And Bullwinkle' movies.....

If you do a Google search, you can even find a fan video of Mr. Peabody's adventure with an adult named Kevin in which they meet Galileo. So it's O'Bvious they haven't been forgotten by the general public. I've even got a "pet" theory about the background of Mr. Peabody - In the Tooniverse, Earth-Toon is populated not only by animated humans but also humanoid animals. So why couldn't the same be true about the cartoon versions of other planets?

I'm thinking that Mr. Peabody originally came from the cartoon version of Gallifrey, home of the Time Lords!

And to push the absurdity even further? He's father of Brian Griffin of 'Family Guy'. (Or maybe his grandfather. Or maybe even from somewhere further back in Brian's family tree. After all, Mr. Peabody did have the Wayback (WABAC) Machine at his disposal. And a dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do....)

Welcome to the club, Mr. Peabody and Sherman!

BCnU!

1 comment:

Mercurie said...

I always loved Mr. Peabody and Sherman. I tend to agree Mr. Peabody was Brian's father. As you said, he does have the Wayback Machine...