Never ceases to amaze me how these light comedy’s can involve so much work musically from so many people. To me the people on a scoring team are a bold lot, and work under extraordinary circumstances. A great deal of money gets spent each minute, huge technical requirements are required, navigating creative personalities, and seeing that the composers vision comes alive. Rolfe Kent provides a playful, ebullient score that he wrote in 6 weeks, I was on this show 2 1/2 weeks.. 4 days at Fox Scoring, I day at Warners Scoring, and then 9 days for the 5.1 score mix and an additional 4 days for the CD mix that will be released June 28 on Varese Sarabande. I also had the privilege of mixing the music on this trailer for Immediate Music.
Adventure-loving house painter Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) contends with the problem of having too many penguins in director Mark S. Waters’ adaptation of author Richard Atwater’s beloved children’s book, MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS. Shortly after penning a letter to a team of Arctic explorers, Mr. Popper is surprised to receive a penguin in the mail. Later, after making his mischievous new pal a cozy new home in the freezer, the hapless Mr. Popper comes into possession of a playful female penguin as well. Before long Mr. Popper finds himself surrounded by a growing family of the flightless birds, and begins training them to perform in a traveling show dubbed Popper’s Performing Penguins. With each new town the show travels to, pandemonium is quick to follow.
20th Century Fox will open MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS nationwide on June 17.
Here is a sample of the score: