Recording ‘Mr. Popper’s’ Penguins

HOLLYWOOD — Some might say that sound designer Mark Mangini’s job is for the birds. At Soundelux, Mangini led the sound team for Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the new live action comedy film from 20th Century Fox, starring Jim Carrey as a businessman whose chilly relationship with his family heats up after he inherits six adorable penguins.

The penguins play a prominent part in the film and interact with Carrey’s character, among others. Each also has a distinct personality that is communicated, largely through the sound it makes.

“We have Captain, the leader; Loudy, who has an ear-piercing scream; Nimrod, who’s intellectually challenged; Lovey, a cuddler; Bitey, who’s a bit aggressive; and Stinky, who has a problem with his digestion,” notes Mangini. “We had to create a voice for each of those archetypes and do it using naturalistic penguin sounds.”

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