Kid hangs around a genius dog with over-sized glasses who constructed a computer to travel back in time to visit historical events – but when they arrived, something was different enough that history would not happen as it did – so the dog uses his genius mind to solve the problem.
That’s the setting for another brilliant Jay Ward production – the Peabody and Sherman segment on The Bullwinkle Show. The genius dog (Peabody) teaching Sherman (the boy) about history.
Since YouTube blocked this from being embedded, here’s the classic opening to the show.
Ten Points to Remember about Peabody and Sherman
- Name of the segment was Peaboby’s Improbable History
- 91 segments from Napoleon (first segment) to Cleopatra (the last)
- Each segment ended in a pun by Peabody
- Peabody’s computer is the WABAC (“wayback) machine, which he constructed as a birthday present to Sherman
- WABAC was a play on early computers UNIVAC and ENIAC
- They never showed the return trip to the present
- From 1964-67, reruns were part of the Hoppity Hopper Show
- Peabody was named after the producer’s (and the one who did the Peabody’s voice) pet dog
- Ted Key, the creator of the comic Hazel, actually created Peabody
- Sherman referred to Peabody as Mr. Peabody, whose real name is C.C. Peabody – C.C. for Cave Canom
Here’s a sample episode: Ponce DeLeon