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Mr. Popper’s Penguins Premiere Features Winter Wonderland Theme

The family-friendly comedy premiered in Hollywood with live penguins and fake snow.
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Winter arrived very early at the Los Angeles premiere of Mr. Popper’s Penguins June 12. A white carpet--lined with cotton to look like snow--was rolled out in front of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre and imitation snow blew through the air during arrivals.

During the winter-themed debut event for the 20th Century Fox film--about a businessman who inherits six penguins—four live penguins walked the carpet, in addition to stars Jim Carrey and Carla Guigino (in a sky-blue Zac Posen dress).

The film is based on a children’s book of the same name (originally published in 1938) and shares the same family-friendly fare: "it was read to me as a child and I read it to my god children," said Guigino of the book. "So it was something that I thought was always such a beautiful book, and when I heard that they were doing sort of a modern adaptation of it, I thought oh good because the thing that I always loved about it was that it had such a great heart."

Carrey was drawn to the film for the same reason (aside from working with penguins as the most desired part of his role). "I love the idea of the family aspect of it. I wanted to do something for the kids and I know how important it is for parents to have a movie they could bring their kids to," he stated.

Carrey wasn't the only one who enjoyed working with the adorable, aquatic birds. The set was kept at a frigid 40 degrees to accommodate the penguins, and Madeline Carroll (who plays Carrey's daughter) noted, "it was so cold on set, all the time. It was freezing and it smelled like fish, but it was fun! They're cute."

The comedy hits theatres June 17.

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