New Release: Mr. Popper’s Penguins Blu-ray and DVD

Release Date: Dec. 6, 2011
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99, DVD with Penguin Plush $34.98
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment


Mr. Popper's Penguins movie scene

Jim Carrey gets down to his roommates' level in Mr. Popper's Penguins.

Jim Carrey (I Love You Phillip Morris) stars in the film Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a family comedy about a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life until he inherits six adorable but mischievous penguins.

The wacky winter birds drive Popper crazy, even as they thrill his children and slowly turn him into a better person. Needless to say, good feelings and family values ultimately save the day.

Based on the 1938 Newbery Medal-winning novel by the husband and wife team of Richard and Florence Atwater, the movie is directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and co-stars Angela Lansbury (Harlow) as a kindly socialite and Carla Gugino (Elektra Luxx) as Popper’s ex-wife.

The PG-rated film received a wide release to U.S theaters in June 2011 and grossed some $62 million. That’s a slightly disappointing number. Could it be that the penguin craze that yielded such hits as 2006’s Happy Feet and 2007’s Surf’s Up has died down a bit? Or maybe Jim Carrey’s schtick is getting old.

The Blu-ray and DVD include a new animated short, “Nimrod & Stinky’s Antarctic Adventure,” in which Zookeeper Nat Jones (a character in the feature film) flies to the Antarctic for some serious penguin business.

Also available is a limited DVD edition that includes a TY Beanie Plush Penguin.

There are a bunch of other bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, all of which are listed here:

Blu-ray/DVD Combo

  • animated short: “Nimrod and Stinky’s Antarctic Adventure”
  • “The Legacy of Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • “Ladies and Gentoomen”
  • “Ready for their Closeup”
  • “Stuffy Penguin Theater”
  • “Penguin Pandemonium”
  • “Original Story Sampler”
  • gag reel
  • feature audio commentary
  • Tooth Fairy 2 sneak peek
  • theatrical trailer
  • downloadable digital copy

DVD (plush and no plush versions)

  • animated short: “Nimrod and Stinky’s Antarctic Adventure”
  • “Ladies and Gentoomen”
  • “Ready for their Closeup”
  • “Original Story Sampler”
  • gag reel
  • feature audio commentary
  • Tooth Fairy 2 sneak peek
  • theatrical trailer

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.