9th December: New on DVD for Families
Each week we look at the DVD releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.
Some massive films out this week, and the first stars the very funny Jim Carrey…
Mr Popper’s Penguins
Running Time: 94 mins
Year Produced: 2011
Director: Mark Waters
Cast: Jim Carrey, Angela Lansbury, Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Madeline Carroll
Jim Carrey makes his return to family-friendly movies in this fun tale based on a beloved 1938 children’s book. Mr Popper – divorced and increasingly absent from his children’s lives – is a successful but lonely New York Businessman. This changes dramatically when he inherits six penguins from his explorer father. Showing great care and attention to the arrivals – including the transformation of his expensive apartment into a snowy winter wonderland – Popper finally takes off his work tie and re-learns the joy and importance of parenthood. The penguins – a mixture of live-action and seamless CGI – are undeniably adorable and easily put an unusually restrained Carey in their shadow.
Like this? Then also try these great films: Babe (1995, U), Doctor Dolittle (1967, U), March of the Penguins (2005, U), Happy Feet (2006, U), The Cat Returns (2002, U)