Though it originally aired from 1959-1964, I have fond memories of watching The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show during its lengthy syndication run. As much as I adored the duo’s inter-species hijinx, though, the series’ true highlight was the “Peabody’s Improbable History” segments. If you grew up in a cave, let me explain: Peabody is the world’s smartest dog, who with his assistant, a clueless boy named Sherman, travels through time and aids famous historical figures. If you’re ever a fly on my office wall, you’ll undoubtedly catch me enjoying clips over a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
As one might imagine, I was tickled pink when they announced that a film adaptation of Peabody was being made. The aptly-titled Mr. Peabody & Sherman stars Ty Burrell (Modern Family) as the genius canine and features voice cameos from Leslie Mann, Mel Brooks, Family Guy’s Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell, and Stanley Tucci. To accompany such a star-studded cast, filmmakers have tapped iconic composer Danny Elfman to provide an original score. Before the soundtrack hits stores on March 4th via Relativity Music Group, it’s streaming in full below.
In addition to 21 original pieces by Elfman, the soundtrack includes John Lennon’s Double Fantasy track “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” and “Way Back When”, a new single from Swedish electro-pop outfit Grizfolk. As he’s proven with scores for classics like Batman and Good Will Hunting, Elfman is skilled at capturing a film’s mood through music, here finding a balance between family-friendly playfulness and the source material’s kookier roots. Across a myriad of sounds, from classical to samba to Egyptian folk, Elfman’s compositions are both sweepingly grand and utterly comical, the perfect accompaniment for the tale of a time-hopping dog and his beloved best friend.
If you’re anything like me, the whole score should transport you right back to your childhood (no WABAC Machine necessary). Standouts include “Aquarela do Brasil”, “History Mash-Up”, and “Back to School”.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman hits theaters on March 7th. Check out a trailer below: