Oh, for a Way-Back Machine.Posted: July 18, 2012
Lately I’ve been deeply wishing I had me a Way-Back Machine, like Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Still wondering why no one has ever made a live-action/CGI movie of “Peabody’s Improbable History.” It would be a hell of a lot funnier than “Yogi Bear” was.
Set the Way-Back Machine for 1959. That’s when Jay Ward’s Peabody’s Improbable History began. Peabody was a cartoon series about a time-traveling dog, bespectacled and bow-tied, and his pet boy Sherman. Using Peabody’s “Way-Back Machine,” the pair would take jaunts through history and usually wind up instrumental in making events come out “right,” i.e., the way they’re depicted in history books… The Peabody cartoons are well remembered by the generation that first watched them. “Set the Way-Back Machine” has become a familiar phrase for recalling times gone by.
I know precisely where I’d go and what I’d do if I could hop in the Way-Back Machine with Peabody and Sherman. Much may be undone by saying more. But I bet you know where you’d go and what you’d do if you could do the same.