Mr Popper's Penguins

Mr Popper's Penguins

Mark Waters (2011)

PG Certificate


Our Score
There are high-rise jinks in Manhattan when real-estate developer Jim Carrey inherits half a dozen penguins from his explorer father in this enjoyable if forgettable comedy. After his initial bewilderment and failure to off-load his unwanted cargo, Popper forms a bond with the birds and sets about turning his up-market apartment into a winter wonderland, learning valuable lessons about family and friendship along the way. The much-loved children's book of the 1930s has been given a flashy modern-day overhaul, presumably to make full use of Carrey's manic personality, although his palling around with animals act has already been seen to greater comic effect in his breakthrough role as Ace Ventura. Director Mark Waters maintains a lively pace, with the undeniably adorable penguins at the heart of the action, but this is ultimately standard family fare that will keep children happy without really making a lasting impression.


A workaholic businessman always puts his job before his family until he receives an unexpected inheritance from his explorer father - six penguins. He abandons his plan to offload the birds to a zoo when he finds his kids love them, and sets about turning his New York apartment into a suitable habitat. Family comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury.

Cast & Crew

Tom Popper Jim Carrey
Amanda Carla Gugino
Mrs Van Gundy Angela Lansbury
Pippi Ophelia Lovibond
Janie Madeline Carroll
Nat Jones Clark Gregg
Mr Gremmins Jeffrey Tambor
Kent David Krumholtz
Director Mark Waters
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Aug 2011
Comedy Children's