Mr. Popper's Penguins

Synopsis: Tom Popper grew up having very little interaction with his father who was off exploring the world. When he grows up he spends most of time on his work and ignores his children. One day his father sends him an unusual gift: a penguin. Popper can't help but wonder why his father would send him a penguin. He tries to get rid of it, but accidentally orders five more. When his children and ex-wife show up to celebrate his son's birthday, the kids are taken with the penguins. And Popper finally gets to connect with his kids while his work suffers.
Director(s): Mark Waters
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min


Bald Eagle calling Tippytoe. Over.

Bald Eagle calling Tippytoe. Over.

Tippytoe, come in. Are you there?

This is Tippytoe. Over.

Did you receive the souvenir package?


Package received. Over.

ls it snowing there now, Dad?

I wouIdn't know, kiddo,

because l'm in Marrakech.


This is the big one, buddy.

A dream come true.

We have been compromised. Over.

Kiss her for me!

This is Mama Bird. Over and out.

You, get to sleep.

Guess where l am now, pal. Romania!


Papua New Guinea.

Makes the old Guinea look like nothing.

Bald Eagle calling Tippytoe. Over.

l can reach now.

Wow! How long have l been gone?

Two months and 1 7 days.

Well, don't worry, because Samoa

is what we've been looking for.

This one is going to be my legacy.



(GARBLED) Bald Eagle calling Tippytoe.


Bald Eagle calling Tippytoe. Over.

Tippytoe to Bald Eagle. Over.

Come in. Are you there?

Hey, kiddo. l'm right on the verge

of something big here.

But l'm not going to make it home

for your birthday.

l'm really sorry,

but opportunities like this

are hard to find, Son.


Opportunities like this

are hard to find, Franklin.

l'm about to bag a rare species

on this little expedition.

Fifteen F.A. R. That's a million absolute.

And a landmark building.

Don't thank me,

just start building a statue.

-Morning, Pippi.

-Mr. Popper.



l love the smell of toner in the morning.

That's the pertinent printout.

And the person we are purchasing

the property from is present.

Let's do it.

Mr. Popper for Mr. Gremmins.

And you are?

Pippi Peponopolis.

l'm Mr. Popper's personal assistant.

l process his paperwork

and l procure his periodicals.

She doesn't even know she's doing it.



You can go in.

Mr. Popper, sorry to waste your time,

but l've changed my mind.

l'm not going to sell.

l understand.

Second thoughts

are as valid as first thoughts.

They just come later.

lt's just that this building is my last holding

and if l sell, then. . .

Then you're free, and that's a scary thing.

Hey, l get it.

Doing any sailing this year?


Who has the time?

Yeah. My father sailed

around the world solo.


-Lucky man.

Yeah, pulled a Hemingway.

Just him and the sea.

You know,

that's always been a dream of mine.

Oh ! (CHUCKLES) He had some stories.

Like that storm off the Horn of Africa.

-The Horn of Africa?

-Oh, yeah.

The sea was calm, the sailing smooth.

When, out of nowhere. . .


Twenty-foot swells,

like a hammer punch to the prow.

Dad was a heck of a sailor,

but he'd never seen waves like this.

(BLOWlNG) Gale force winds

straight from the Devil's nostrils

whipped his ship like a rubber ducky.

The salt spray in his face

felt like a thousand needles.

And suddenly, the wind ripped

the mainsail off the mast.

He was doomed.

What did he do?

-What did he do?


He spun the wheel.

Hoisted the jib,

threaded the needle backwards.

And when he came out the other side. . .

Oh, my God !

Oh, my God !


-lt can't be. But it is.

What is it?

A blue whale.


Like a gentle giant,

the most majestic creature on Earth.

lt's so beautiful.

Can you see it?

His skin glistening in the sun.

A rainbow

in the spray of his mighty blowhole.

Oh, well. You will get out there,





Way to go, Popper.

Hey, it's what l do.

Gentlemen, what is the future

of Franklin, Reader & Yates?

A long, slow decline,

getting older and weaker

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Sean Anders

Sean Anders is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.He co-wrote and directed the 2005 film Never Been Thawed, the 2008 film Sex Drive, the 2014 film Horrible Bosses 2, the 2015 film Daddy's Home, and its 2017 sequel Daddy's Home 2. He also directed the 2012 comedy That's My Boy. Anders wrote or co-wrote 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine and She's Out of My League, 2011's Mr. Popper's Penguins, 2013's We're the Millers, and the 2014 Dumb and Dumber sequel Dumb and Dumber To. He is the brother of actress Andrea Anders. more…

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