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First look at Jim Carrey befriending penguins as Mr. Popper

Jan. 13, 2011by: Paul Tassi

The book is from the 1930s and it's taken 80 years to waddle its way onto the big screen. I remember reading Mr. Poppers Penguins as a kid, though I can't say I'm blown away by the concept being adapted into film. Yes, penguins are inherently hilarious as proven by HAPPY FEET and SURFS UP, but what about when they don't talk? Wait, they don't talk do they? No? Thank god.

USA Today has the first shots of Jim Carrey and the titular penguins from the film dicking around in his house. The penguins being used are real, which is leagues better than crafting them out of goofy CGI.

Rather than rely strictly on CGI, Waters and his production team opted to use actual penguins. They settled on Gentoo penguins from a zoo in Montreal. Gentoos are close in height and build to the Emperor penguins that marched into moviegoers' hearts a few years ago.

With the help of a cadre of "amazing" animal trainers and a steady supply of fish, the Gentoos were soon figuring out how to hit their assigned places on the set.

Props for putting in the extra effort for that. Check out the acting penguins below:

Extra Tidbit: I don't think I've ever been more sad in a movie than when the baby penguins died in MARCH OF THE PENGUINS.
Source: USA Today

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10:48AM on 01/14/2011
So Jim Carrey is going full circle to get back into the hearts of movie-goers again.
So Jim Carrey is going full circle to get back into the hearts of movie-goers again.
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5:35PM on 01/13/2011
This may be cute overload.

And thankfully, you can't get these in pet stores, so there won't be a lot of abandoned penguins if this movie gets popular.
This may be cute overload.

And thankfully, you can't get these in pet stores, so there won't be a lot of abandoned penguins if this movie gets popular.
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4:41PM on 01/13/2011
Can't wait for this, although call me a purist but I'm still a little miffed that this is taking place in New York City instead of Stillwater Minnesota like in the books. Plus Mr. Popper is supposed to be an unkempt poor carpenter, it looks like Carrey is living in a penthouse! And will he have a family? Gah, please don't ruin a classic from my childhood Hollywood, is that too much to ask??

Yes. Yes it is.
Can't wait for this, although call me a purist but I'm still a little miffed that this is taking place in New York City instead of Stillwater Minnesota like in the books. Plus Mr. Popper is supposed to be an unkempt poor carpenter, it looks like Carrey is living in a penthouse! And will he have a family? Gah, please don't ruin a classic from my childhood Hollywood, is that too much to ask??

Yes. Yes it is.
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4:32PM on 01/13/2011

everytime i see....

...jim carrey these days, either on SNL, pics like this, etc, it makes me feel sad. i feel sorry for him. i think back fondly to his days on in living color and movies like cable guy, dumb and dumber.
...jim carrey these days, either on SNL, pics like this, etc, it makes me feel sad. i feel sorry for him. i think back fondly to his days on in living color and movies like cable guy, dumb and dumber.
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4:17PM on 01/13/2011
as long as jim carrey keeps making movies im happy
as long as jim carrey keeps making movies im happy
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3:27PM on 01/13/2011

i loved the book as a child

and i love that its real penguins

however i havent liked jim carrey in some time so i remain guardedly optimistic
and i love that its real penguins

however i havent liked jim carrey in some time so i remain guardedly optimistic
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3:19PM on 01/13/2011
Majorly cool that they went for real penguins. I'm interested.
Majorly cool that they went for real penguins. I'm interested.
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1:54PM on 01/13/2011
For a minute there I thought those penguins were CGI.. But I guess they're real.

Also, I thought the move was set in the 30's..? Bummer
For a minute there I thought those penguins were CGI.. But I guess they're real.

Also, I thought the move was set in the 30's..? Bummer
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1:49PM on 01/13/2011
Could be funny.

I mean who the hell doesn't like Penguins or Jim Carrey?
Could be funny.

I mean who the hell doesn't like Penguins or Jim Carrey?
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1:48PM on 01/13/2011
Could be funny.

I mean who the hell doesn't like Penguins or Jim Carre?
Could be funny.

I mean who the hell doesn't like Penguins or Jim Carre?
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12:45PM on 01/13/2011
Kudos to them for not going CGI! That's called film making baby, and I love practical effects. Way to go!
Kudos to them for not going CGI! That's called film making baby, and I love practical effects. Way to go!
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12:20PM on 01/13/2011
looks cute. also, it should be against the law to show baby penguins dying in documentaries....not cool!
looks cute. also, it should be against the law to show baby penguins dying in documentaries....not cool!
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2:53PM on 01/13/2011
Oh your on your period, thanks for the clarification
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