DreamWorks Animation Pushes Back Release for 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'

Ty Burrell

"Nothing is ever going to have more of an impression on me than the pilot because there were so many emotions that came with it and so much buildup."

The animated film, originally scheduled for a Nov. 1 opening, will now be released in March 2014.

DreamWorks Animation has moved back the release date for Mr. Peabody & Sherman to March 7, 2014.

Originally scheduled for a Nov. 1 opening, the Twentieth Century Fox-distributed animated film will take over the March slot previously held by Me & My Shadow, which will now return to development.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman follows Mr. Peabody, a talking dog who is the smartest being in the world, and his "pet" boy Sherman. Ty Burrell leads the voice cast, which includes Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney and Mel Brooks.

"Our distributor, who has had great success in March with their Ice Age franchise, has recommended we move Mr. Peabody & Sherman to the spring of 2014, which we totally agree is a much more advantageous release window," said Anne Globe, chief marketing officer of DreamWorks Animation. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman is now the first of our three-picture lineup for next year."

"We believe the best strategy for DreamWorks Animation in the long run is to ensure that every one of our films has an optimal release date with the biggest opportunity to succeed at the box office," added Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. "The move of Mr. Peabody & Sherman means that we will now release two films in 2013, and we are adjusting our operating infrastructure costs accordingly."

DreamWorks Animation's slate for the next two years includes The Croods on March 22, Turbo on July 19, How to Train Your Dragon 2 on June 20, 2014 and Happy Smekday! on Nov. 26, 2014.