Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) Poster


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What attracted Jim Carrey to this role more than anything else, was the chance to dance with penguins like his hero Dick Van Dyke did in Mary Poppins (1964).
Real penguins were used for certain shots and most of the scenes took place in a refrigerated set.
Ben Stiller was originally cast as Mr. Popper. Reportedly, Stiller withdrew from the film after original director Noah Baumbach left. Jack Black and Owen Wilson were considered to replace him, the lead role went to Jim Carrey.
  • The penguin named Captain (with the heart-shaped black feathers on her frontage) was called Captain Cook in the film's source book, named after the famous explorer. Captain is the head penguin.

  • The penguin Lovey (with the black pockmark on the left side of his chest) is so called because he cuddles a lot.

  • The penguin Bitey (with a white stripe down the middle of her head) is named such because she nips and bites.

  • The penguin Stinky (with white tail feathers) is so called because of his flatulence.

  • The penguin Loudy (with the jagged white patterns around her eyes) is so named as she is the noisiest of the birds.

  • The penguin Nimrod was so named as he is the most accident-prone penguin of the pack.

Pittsburgh Penguins mascot Iceburgh attended the June 18 showing of the film, Jim Carrey wears a Sidney Crosby jersey in one scene of the movie.
This movie was made and released about seventy-three years after its source novel of the same name by Florence Atwater and Richard Atwater was first published in 1938.
WILHELM SCREAM: Heard in the Guggenheim when a man is knocked over by the penguins.
Noah Baumbach was originally slated to direct this film but left. Mark Waters replaced him.
The 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' book was retroactively named a 1939 Newbery Honor Book in 1971.
There are six main penguins who feature in this movie but in the source novel there were twelve. Most were named after historical navy captains: Cook, Nelson, Columbus, etc.
In the source novel, Mr. Popper forms a vaudeville act called "Popper's Performing Penguins." This story element was considered as a movie plot but ultimately not used.
Vanilla Ice's 1990 hit "Ice Ice Baby" plays during the closing credits. Jim Carrey once spoofed the rapper and the song on an episode of In Living Color (1990).


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Every sentence the character Pippi says in the movie consists of at least one word beginning with "P", the first letter of her name. Later on in the movie she meets a policeman named Quint who does the same but with the letter "Q", the first letter of his name.

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