Mr Popper’s Penguins is particularly pleasing to young people

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SUNDAY afternoons were made for watching children’s films.

Even as a 20-something-year-old I stand firmly by this statement that has so far served me well, and I like nothing more than whiling away a lazy Sunday afternoon than watching a new kid’s film.

I went to see Mr Popper’s Penguins with my friend and her four-year-old child, and I don’t know who enjoy it most.

Successful businessman Tom Popper inherits six Gentoo penguins - Captain, Loudey, Bitey, Stinky, Nimrod and Lovey, from his explorer father, and forges a strong bond with his children over them as they, naturally, cause chaos.

Turning his up-market New York apartment into a winter wonderland, he starts to see that maybe there’s more to life than work.

Promised a partner position in his firm if he can secure the sale of restaurant Tavern On The Green - owned by a very old looking Angela Lansbury as Mrs Van Gundy - Carrey tries to seal the deal while caring for the penguins and trying to win the love of his ex-wife.

It may be utterly predictable, but it is one of the better new children’s films I have seen.

Jim Carrey doesn’t rely on his rubber-face for laughs, and is genuinely likeable.

There are a lot of penguin pooh jokes that had the four-year-old I was sat next to in utter hysterics (and me too), and Carrey talking in slow motion appealed to the older members of the audience.

But it was of course the penguins who really stole the show - especially Loudey.

Popper’s PA Pippy has a particular problem with plentiful p’s, but apart from that, this film is pretty perfect.

Although this film may have been more suited to a Christmas release due to all the snow, it was a thouroughly enjoyable film that I would happily watch again.

And of course, it might be out on DVD just in time for Christmas.