I saw the trailer for the new Mr. Peabody movie and it looked terrible. They used that weird animation where everything looks round, also the voice had none of the intonations of the “real” Peabody (for some reason, the trailer had the original English voices, maybe they didn’t get their act together to make a dubbed trailer in time for the release here), also the scenes looked pretty stupid. I went back home and checked out Peabody on wikipedia and it turns out that they made 91 episodes! I had no idea.
Anyway, here’s my real question: Why bother making a Mr. Peabody movie if you’re not going to do it well? I understand that lots of moviemakers are hacks and there will always be a huge audience for crap in any case, so I’m certainly not demanding that all movies be “good” (in whatever sense that means, from my perceptions). But there are lots and lots of opportunities to make crap movies, there are a million toys and video games and comic book characters and fairy tales and breakfast cereals and whatever that can be used to make a stupid movie and sell millions of tickets. Why take something great like Peabody and screw it up? I just don’t see the point. I’d think that anyone who’d go so far into the wayback machine to dredge up this old cartoon would be doing it out of love. If your only goal is to make money with a generic cartoon project, why bother with Peabody in the first place.
I suppose it’s possible that the creators of this movie really are Peabody fans but just have really really bad taste and think that what they’re doing is an improvement. Just like those bozos who colorized Shakespeare etc.