Mr. Popper's Penguins


Mr. Popper's Penguins is a live-action family comedy film distributed by 20th Century Fox starring Jim Carrey, based on the children's book of the same name. The film was originally slated for a release on August 12, 2011, but was moved up to June 17, 2011.[3]

Thomas "Tom" Popper Jr. (Jim Carrey) is a divorced realtor whose father traveled to many far places around the world during his childhood. When his father dies, a crate containing a Gentoo Penguin shows up at his doorstep. Eventually, due to a miscommunication, more penguins arrive, bringing the total to six. Originally intending to donate the penguins to the local zoo, Popper's children fall in love with them so he decides to keep them.

At the same time, Popper is given the task of buying Tavern on the Green, an old restaurant that he used to eat at with his father as a child, with the intent of tearing it down and building a new development in its place. However, its elderly owner (Angela Lansbury) will only sell it to someone who she deems a person of true value. Having the penguins around helps Popper to become closer to his children, and he begins dating their mother again. The penguins eventually lay three eggs. Two of the eggs hatch, and one does not. Popper becomes obsessed with saving the last egg, losing his job in the process.

Upon realizing that the egg cannot be saved, Popper feels he is not capable of raising the penguins and donates them to the zoo. He then refocuses his attention on purchasing the Tavern on the Green. His children and ex-wife, however, are disappointed in his decision, seeing it as wrong. Popper then finds a lost letter from his father which had been delivered with the first penguin. In it, his father tells him to hold his children close and love them, just as this penguin would love him.

He becomes guilt-ridden over his decision to give away the penguins and determines to go to the zoo to take them back. Along with his ex-wife and children, Popper rescues the penguins, who were going to be separated and traded to other zoos. Upon seeing how Popper has reunited his family and rescued the penguins, the owner of Tavern on the Green agrees to sell him the restaurant. Rather than tear it down as originally planned, Popper renovates the restaurant and reopens it.

At the end of the film, Popper and his family travel to the South Pole with the penguins, allowing them to live with their own kind. Popper's first penguin, Captain, is revealed to have laid another egg. Popper tells his children that they'll have to come back and visit when the baby is born.

Originally Ben Stiller was going to play Mr. Popper, and Noah Baumbach was originally going to direct; however, they both dropped out. Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Jim Carrey were all considered to replace Stiller, with the role eventually going to Carrey.[4]Mark Waters was chosen to direct. Filming began in October 2010 and finished in January 2011.[citation needed]

On September 21, 2010, it was confirmed that Carla Gugino had joined the cast.[5]

Rhythm and Hues Studios did the penguin animations for certain shots.[citation needed]

The film earned $6.4 million on opening day and $18.4 million over the three-day weekend, ranking in third place behind Green Lantern and Super 8. The opening was at the high end of 20th Century Fox's expectations, who were predicting a mid to high teens opening. In its' second weekend, the film faced competition from Cars 2 and dropped 45% to $10.1 million and ranked in fifth place. Over the four-day 4th of July holiday weekend, it ranked in eighth place after dropping 34% to $6.7 million. As of July 10, 2011, the film has earned $57,747,000 domestically and $84,147,000 worldwide.

The film has received mixed reviews from critics, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 47% and a consensus reading "blandly inoffensive and thoroughly predictable."[6]

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  3. ^ Chitwood, Adam (16 December 2010). "First Set Photos of Jim Carrey in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS". Collider. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (22 June 2010). "Ben Stiller Drops out of 'Mr. Poppers Penguins,' Jim Carrey, Jack Black & Owen Wilson Eyeing Lead Role". The Playlist. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Tyler, Josh (21 September 2010). "Carla Gugino Joins Mr. Popper's Penguins And Might Do Something Good After All". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mr. Popper's Penguins -- Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
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