We are delighted to present this interview video with Tiffany Ward, President of Jay Ward Productions, Inc. and Executive Producer of Mr. Peabody & Sherman the new 3D Dreamworks Animated feature directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little). Minkoff tapped actor Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy on Modern Family) to voice Mr. Peabody and the actor exudes wit, wisdom and warmth in abundance. The young – he was only 7 when they started – Max Charles voices Sherman with boundless innocence and charm, while Stanley Tucci and Mel Brooks add their considerable talents to Leonardo da Vinci and Einstein respectively. In this modern take on the original material, the tale of an brilliant dog who adopts a wide-eyed boy takes on time travel and an endless stream of puns to deliver a fun film for the whole family.
Ms. Ward opened her offices to us and shared details of her journey from daughter of a brilliant businessman, eccentric and serial entrepreneur to President of Jay Ward Productions, Inc. Colorful and fun, Ward’s office is full of memories and memorabilia from the cast of characters created and licensed by her father. Iconic characters that defined an era and still resonate with audiences today include, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Boris & Natasha, Dudley Do-Right, Nell, Snidely Whiplash, George of the Jungle and of course, Mr. Peabody & Sherman. There are too many to mention, really. Even Captain Crunch (the 8th best selling breakfast cereal in the world today, according to Ward) was developed under Jay Ward’s watch. The character is said to resemble the late great man himself!
We had a wonderful time exploring the way back when with Ms. Ward and are confident that you’ll enjoy the WABAC now in this homage to these much beloved cartoon characters that cracked kids up 50 years ago. Purists will enjoy the reverence and attention to detail that Rob Minkoff and his talented team brings to the original characters, while new audiences will enjoy the skillful mastery and artistic exploration of modern technology that was used to bring this story to life. Notably, the masterful Danny Elfman provides music for the film. Kudos all around!
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, Ms. Ward generously offered to supply us with Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: The Complete Series of 5 seasons in a boxed set to giveaway to one lucky EncinoMom YouTube Subscriber! Watch the video to hear from Ms. Ward herself and watch clips of Ty Burrell behind the scenes and scenes from the movie, too. Mr. Peabody & Sherman will be in theaters Friday, March 7th, 2014.