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Be­fore you see the new DreamWorks fea­ture based on Jay Ward’s Pe­abody’s Im­prob­a­ble His­tory seg­ments that were part of the Rocky and Bull­win­kle se­ries from the late 1950s and early 1960s, you can beef up on the orig­i­nals on DVD or Blu-ray, and some books. Here are some sug­ges­tions for your War­dian catchup course:

The Art of Jay Ward Pro­duc­tions by Dar­rell Van Cit­ters. This well- re­searched and beau­ti­fully pro­duced book of­fers more than 1,000 im­ages and pieces of be­hindthe-scenes art­work from Ward’s an­i­mated se­ries. It also pro­files the con­tri­bu­tions of the de­sign­ers, writ­ers and direc­tors at the stu­dio. (Oxberry Press, $35.65)

The Art of Mr. Pe­abody & Sher­man by Jerry Beck. A fas­ci­nat­ing look at the mak­ing of Rob Minkoff’s new movie, which pro­vides in­ter­views with the pro­duc­ers, art di­rec­tor and pro­duc­tion de­signer and of­fers a nice se­lec­tion of de­vel­op­ment art. It in­cludes a pref­ace by pro­ducer Tif­fany Ward and a fore­word by Ty Bur­rell, who voices Mr. Pe­abody in the new movie. (In­sight Edi­tions, $45)

Mr. Pe­abody and Sher­man Big Golden Book by Erica David, il­lus­trated by Fabio La­guna and Pa­trick Spaziante. Yes, we know these lovely Golden Books are de­signed for younger read­ers, but how can you re­sist the spot-on il­lus­tra­tions by La­guna and Spaziante, who are pros at de­liv­er­ing kid-friendly 2D im­ages based on CG movies? (Golden Books, $8.99)

The Best of Mr. Pe­abody and Sher­man, Vol. 1. You can truly lose your­self in the mag­nif­i­cent mad­ness of the orig­i­nal 2D toons about the bril­liant, time-trav­el­ing dog and his adopted son, which ran as part of the Rocky and Bull­win­kle & Friends se­ries from 1959 to 1964. The duo visits the likes of Colum­bus, Shake­speare, Mag­el­lan, Beethoven, Calamity Jane, Lawrence of Ara­bia and Florence Nightin­gale in this two-vol­ume DVD col­lec­tion. (The DVD was re­leased in 2012 and cov­ers the first four sea­sons.) ( Clas­sic Me­dia, $9.95; Ama­zon Prime: $1.99 per episode)

Mr. Pe­abody & Sher­man Funko Toys. And of course, you need a cou­ple of cut­ting-edge Funko Pop Vinyl ver­sions of the bril­liant dog and his be­spec­ta­cled son, right? Thanks to the new movie re­lease, you won’t have to travel back in time to the early 1960s to be the proud owner of these cool col­lectibles. (Funko, $9.99 each)

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