Netflix is adding to its growing roster of children's programming with The New Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, an original property based on the misadventures of the world's smartest animal and his adopted sidekick. According to Variety, Chris Parnell is set to voice Mr. Peabody, the titular brilliant beagle, and child actor Max Charles will accompany him as Sherman. They'll travel through time, hanging out with famous historical figures — and they'll host a variety show from a Manhattan penthouse, apparently. In a way, the characters themselves have traveled through time: they made their TV debut almost half a century ago, appearing in their own segments as part of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
This isn't the first recent revival of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. DreamWorks Animation released a full-length animated feature starring the characters last year, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, but it tanked at the box office despite decent reviews. The film's failure obviously wasn't enough to dissuade the studio from doing more with the property, as it's producing the series for Netflix. There's a track record of good quality behind the series, too: executive producer Dave Smith cut his teeth working at Cartoon Network, putting together shows like Steven's Universe and Dexter's Laboratory. For Netflix, picking up a baker's dozen episodes of The New Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show is an easy way to bolster its portfolio of kids' shows — and if it can snare some parents and grandparents with fond memories of their own childhoods, that's just a bonus.