Even as we anticipate this year’s big animated pictures, including Pixar’s Brave, we’re already getting curious about two projects that have been simmering for a while but won’t hit for another couple of years. After the jump, check out a fresh bit of concept art from Pinocchio, a 3D stop-motion project being directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, and take a peek at the title characters from DreamWorks Animation’s 3D CG-animated Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

The Film Stage picked up the new pieces of Pinocchio concept art from Entertainment Weekly, which describes the scenes as “Pinocchio heading for a dip in the sea with one of puppet-theater Mangiafoco’s monkeys” and “the woodcarver Geppetto sculpting his wooden ‘son’” (bottom left).

They’re certainly of a piece with the earlier art we’ve already seen, and they’re obviously very different from the famous Disney take on the Carlo Collodi tale — which del Toro says can only be a good thing. “If I thought it would be similar I would be very afraid,” he comments. “You cannot top Disney.” Instead, Guillermo and Gustafson are taking their inspiration from the works of Gris Grimly, who illustrated a 2002 book and serves as producer here. Production is slated to begin in summer 2013 for a 2014 release.

DreamWorks’ CG spin on the classic ’60s cartoon Mr. Peabody and Sherman goes down a more expected path, but I can’t argue with the cute results. Collider posted the first image from the movie, along with this synopsis:

Based on Jay Ward’s classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest person who happens to be a dog. When his “pet” boy Sherman uses their time traveling WABAC machine without permission, events in history spiral out of control. It’s up to this most unexpected of “father-son” teams to somehow put things back on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed.

The brilliant Mr. Peabody is being voiced by Modern Family‘s resident doofus Ty Burrell. Max Charles, soon to be seen portraying “Peter Parker – age 7″ in The Amazing Spider-Man, voices Sherman. There’s not a whole lot to say about this, as the new versions of the characters really look exactly like you’d think CG-ified versions of the original characters would look. Not that that’s a bad thing; it’s just not very exciting to write about. Directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King), Mr. Peabody and Sherman is scheduled to open March 14th, 2014.

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