The Movie: 6/10
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a children’s movie through and through, with the energetic Jim Carrey as Tom Popper, who is a real estate mogul, who gets 6 penguins from his deceased father. Popper wants nothing more than to get rid of the loud, crazy little birds, but when his son sees the birds, and thinks they are a birthday gift from his father, the antics begin.
The interaction between the humorous Carrey as Popper, with his classic facial expressions and overacting, and the real and CGI penguins is pretty interesting. As Popper starts to warm up to the icy birds, his business takes a hit, while his family life seems to flourish. The family friendly theme is a nice one, and with the overall cuteness of the birds, and Carrey’s infectious charm, the movie turns out to be unexpectedly fun.
Not all things in penguin land are rosy though, as the story and penguin poop jokes are at times a bit much, but I had a decent time with this movie. Like I stated earlier, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a decent family movie that is squarely aimed at kids, who will find the movie irresistible. It does leave a bit to be desired for those older than 12 though.
- All New Animated Short: Nimrod & Stinky’s Antartic Adventure – This animated short is around 6 minutes in length, and features the penguins as they are the victims of an attempted penguin-napping from the evil zookeeper. This was a fun extra that my son enjoyed.
- Deleted Scenes – There are several deleted scenes that really are not needed. They are available with commentary from the Director and others, but again, they are not missed from the movie.
- Gag Reel – The gag reel is short, at just over 2 minutes, but it is cute.
- Penguin Pandemonium – This 3 minute feature is all about the CGI work that went into making the penguins in the movie.
- The Legacy Of Mr Poppers Penguins – The children’s book by the same name that inspired the movie is the focus of this 4 minute extra. Written by Richard and Florence Atwater, the book is the basis for the movie.
- & More – Also included are more extras that focus on real penguins at SeaWorld, a full length commentary with Director Mark Waters and others, and trailers for the movie.
- DVD & Digital Copy – Included with the Blu-ray are both the DVD and a digital version of the film.
Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
The cover for Mr. Popper’s Penguins features a close-up of Jim Carrey’s face (man he is getting older,but aren’t we all) surrounded by his 6 little ice loving penguin friends. It is a good cover, as is the menu, which has animated penguins and snowflakes with fun music and scenes from the movie. Both the cover and the menu are well done and great for this type of movie.
Audio & Video: 8.5/10
Both the audio and video for this movie are impressive, with an amazing sounding 5.1 Surround Sound presentation and a striking looking 1080p encode. The audio is sharp and has a lot of directional sound, as well as a happy feet sounding musical background, while the whole movie is crisp and colorful from start to finish.
This is a family movie, with Jim Carrey at his goofiest. For a children’s movie, one could do worse, and it is a decent watch for everyone. My son adores the movie, and my wife is also a big fan, so the replay value is definitely there. This is not a classic by any means, and the jokes tend to be a bit monotonous and on the gross side, but overall Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a fun little movie.
Overall Score 7/10