20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the family film Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Jim Carrey stars as divorced New York real estate developer: “for years he has been out of contact with his “kooky” father, who leaves him with an unusual inheritance: a penguin.” Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, and Madeline Carroll also star. Mark Waters (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) directs from a script by Jared Stern (The Princess and the Frog) and screenwriting team Sean Anders and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine), based on the 1938 children’s novel.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins opens on June 17. Watch the trailer after the jump.
I went into this trailer with endless cynicism. I heard the opening bass notes of “Ice Ice Baby,” and I thought it was all over.
But that penguin dance? Adorable! They’ve sucked me in.
Adventure-loving house painter Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) contends with the problem of having too many penguins in director Mark S. Waters’ adaptation of author Richard Atwater’s beloved children’s book. Shortly after penning a letter to a team of Arctic explorers, Mr. Popper is surprised to receive a penguin in the mail. Later, after making his mischievous new pal a cozy new home in the freezer, the hapless Mr. Popper comes into possession of a playful female penguin as well. Before long Mr. Popper finds himself surrounded by a growing family of the flightless birds, and begins training them to perform in a traveling show dubbed Popper’s Performing Penguins. With each new town the show travels to, pandemonium is quick to follow.