Mr. Popper's Penguins

June 17th 2011
  • Drama/Family,
  • PG,
  • 95 min,
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Cast: Carla Gugino, Jim Carrey, Madeline Carroll, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond, Dominic Chianese, Philip Baker Hall, Kelli Barrett, James Tupper, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Pepper Binkley, Danielle McKee, Matthew Wolf, Joshua Rush, Dominic Colon, Olga Merediz, Dylan Clark Marshall, James Chen, Patrick O'Sullivan, Desmin Borges, Rafael Osorio, Curtis Shumaker
  • Director: Mark Waters
  • Writers: Sean Anders, John Morris, Jared Stern, Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
  • Producer: John Davis
  • Executive Producers: Derek Dauchy, Joel Gotler, Jordan Kerner, Jessica Tuchinsky
  • Art Direction: Patricia Woodbridge
  • Castings: Kathleen Chopin, Marci Liroff
  • Costume Design: Ann Roth
  • D.O.P.: Florian Ballhaus
  • Editor: Bruce Green
  • Makeup: Felice Diamond
  • Music: Rolfe Kent
  • Production Design: Stuart Wurtzel
  • Set Decoration: Ellen Christiansen


An adaptation of the beloved 1938 children's book, which won the 1939 Newbery Award. Mr. Popper is a house painter whose dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers. One of them sends him a penguin, which he keeps in the icebox. Before he knows it, the painter has a litter of 12 beaked birds. They eat voraciously, leading him to form Popper's Performing Penguins, a stage act that goes on tour and creates mayhem at every stop.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Mild rude humor and some language
  • Production Budget: $55 million
  • Production Companies: Davis Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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2011 Guide Analysis: "An adaptation of the award-winning children's book by Richard & Florence Atwater, this was originally looking to be a reunion of "Greenberg" star Ben Stiller and director Noam Baumbach. Both however dropped out and the result is a more straightforward effort from helmer Mark Waters ("Mean Girls," "Freaky Friday"). Jim Carrey scored the lead role over earlier choices Owen Wilson and Jack Black.

The setting of the story has been shifted from a family in the small town of Stillwater in the 1930s, to a wealthy real estate developer living in contemporary New York City. Currently filming there, the production seems to be trying to use real penguins where possible though around half their screen time will require CG - mostly for shots that are either too dangerous, or in sequences where they weren't allowed to use them such as a scene where they storm the Guggenheim Museum.

The number of penguins has been cut to six rather than the dozen in the original tome, mostly so that each bird would get their own distinct personality. Originally scheduled for mid-August, Fox has moved up the film which is now set to bow in a more crowded mid-June slot - likely trying to catch the young kids when they're out and about mid-Summer."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 16 June 2011: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Singapore
  • 17 June 2011: Canada, Philippines
  • 23 June 2011: Chile, Georgia, Germany, Hungary
  • 24 June 2011: Lithuania, Norway
  • 30 June 2011: Australia
  • 1 July 2011: Brazil
  • 6 July 2011: Sweden
  • 7 July 2011: Greece, Hong Kong, Malaysia
  • 20 July 2011: France
  • 21 July 2011: Argentina, Portugal
  • 22 July 2011: Colombia, Estonia, Spain
  • 28 July 2011: Denmark
  • 29 July 2011: Finland
  • 5 August 2011: UK, Ireland
  • 11 August 2011: Netherlands
  • 12 August 2011: Italy, Poland
  • 26 August 2011: Turkey