DreamWorks Animation announced today that a brand new Rocky & Bullwinkle short film will be released in 2014, to coincide with the theatrical release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the much-anticipated 3D animated film hitting theaters next March.
The Moose and Squirrel-featured short film is written by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant (MTV’s The State; Night at the Museum; Reno 911) and is directed by Gary Trousdale, who also helmed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Living legend, June Foray, returns to give voice to Rocky, the Flying Squirrel–a character she created for Jay Ward in 1959–and is joined by Tom Kenny (SpongeBob Squarepants) as the voice of Bullwinkle J. Moose. Kenny replaces Bill Scott, the original Bullwinkle actor who passed away in 1985, and more recently Keith Scott (no relation), who gave voice to the moose in the 2000 Universal Studios live action film.
Ms. Foray, who recently won the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her many years of industry excellence, will help introduce a new generation to the beloved duo.
“For an incredible 83 years, June Foray has left a tremendous imprint on the entire entertainment industry,” said Tiffany Ward, executive producer of the short and daughter of Bullwinkle creator, Jay Ward. “Her amazingly indelible performances have enchanted generations and earned her a permanent place in the annals of popular culture.”
Rocky & Bullwinkle and Mr. Peabody & Sherman are only the first of many planned DreamWorks Animation projects to come featuring the Jay Ward characters, that DWA purchased the rights to as part of the Classic Media Library acquisition two years ago. Two comic book series by publisher IDW, as well as rumors of a new episodic TV series for Nickelodeon, are also on the way.