Beloved source material or not, it's difficult to muster up some excitement for a live action/CGI film nowadays. With recent releases and failures of flicks like Marmaduke and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, how does any studio even have the guts to go ahead with a film of this nature? And then there's the dismal duo on the way, The Smurfs and Yogi Bear. Packing the voice cast with famous names and throwing in some familiar faces just doesn't do the trick. What is it about combining CGI and live-action material that compels filmmakers to stuff their projects with bland and unacceptably juvenile humor?

Let's hope Mr. Popper's Penguins will change all of that. There is a little goofy behavior in the tale, but there's a much more serious and sensible undertone as compared to material like Alvin and the Chipmunks. However, there's two potential issues here: according to Deadline, the movie is being taken in a more "upscale direction" and the man they've finally secured to play Mr. Popper is one of the silliest guys out there, Jim Carrey, and supposedly for a reduced price.
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