Given that the concept you're given for Mr. Popper's Penguins is "Jim Carrey has penguins in a Manhattan apartment," I was willing to grant the filmmakers some concessions. Sure, juxtapose the penguins with Carrey in a tuxedo! Hey, go ahead and fill the apartment with snow! That's cute; I get it. You have to draw the line somewhere, though. Rendering the penguins in CGI so that they, with Jim Carrey, might perform a choreographed dance set to Vanilla Ice... that's really pushing it, guys.
At some point in the future, Raja Gosnell and Brendan Fraser will probably have a relaxed drink and talk about this as "the one that got away."