Robert Downey Jr. ready to voice animated “Mr. Peabody”

By Sean O’Connell Slow news day as Hollywood sleeps off a night of post-Golden Globe partying. But we’re unearthing a few interesting items, starting with news about a leading man who presented at last night’s Globe’s and continues to be on a Hollywood hot streak.

That would be Robert Downey Jr., who will lend his voice to the animated Mr. Peabody in DreamWorks Animation’s planned “Peabody and Sherman” feature. The characters – a genius dog and his pet boy – were popularized by the “Rocky and Bullwinkle” program in the late 1950s and early ’60s. In each adventure, they’d travel through time and learn interesting things about historical figures.

Downey has not recorded any lines for the cartoon yet, according to EW, but the new Mr. Peabody apparently has been redesigned to mirror the “Due Date” star.

“Certainly for Boomers, they’re in the sweet spot of our childhood animation memories, but beyond there it gets a little bit, well, not quite as familiar,” director Rob Minkoff (“The Lion King”) told EW, explaining that the new movie will touch on Peabody and Sherman’s origin story.

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