Soundelux’s Mark Mangini Goes Bird Calling for “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”

Hollywood—Mark Mangini’s job is for the birds. A Sound Designer at Soundelux in Hollywood, Mangini led the sound team for Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the new film from 20th Century Fox. The summer movie season’s first live-action family comedy event stars Jim Carrey, as a businessman whose chilly relationship with his family heats up after he inherits six adorable, lovable and mischievous penguins.

The penguins play a prominent part in the film and interact with Carrey’s character and others in decidedly non-avian ways. 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,” Mangini observes. “We had to create a voice for each of those archetypes and do it using naturalistic penguin sounds.”

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