Mary Poppins is the most beloved live-action Disney movie made in Walt Disney’s lifetime. It’s not hard to see why, since Mary Poppins is one of the most beloved British characters ever created. With her kind but firm cheery disposition. As well as her iconic appearance consisting of an umbrella, carpet bag, and hat with flowers. Mary Poppins was created by P.L. Travers in 1934. In a series of books spanning six decades. I’ll get into more detail in a later post, but long story short, it was a very long road for Walt Disney to get a Mary Poppins movie made. When he finally did get Mary Poppins made, it was met with critical acclaim and multiple Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. A rarity for Disney. Despite all the love its received, I actually haven’t seen the movie too many times (I might have even seen the Simpsons parody more). I’ve definitely seen Mary Poppins a few times as a child, but I never owned it on VHS. Not that I don’t love it every time I do see it. There are just certain scenes that I’m more nostalgic for than others. That being said, Mary Poppins is still practically perfect in every way…


Mary Poppins flies in

Mary Poppins takes place in jolly old London, England, 1910. We meet Bert, a kindly cockney man who shows up everywhere holding a variety of different jobs. Whether its a one-man band, chalk artist, or chimney sweep. He introduces us to the people who live on Cherry Tree Lane. Like the mad Admiral who fires off canons from his house, but most importantly there’s the Banks family. Strict father/banker Mr. Banks, feminist mother/suffragette Mrs. Banks, and their two “unruly” children Jane and Michael Banks. They’re in desperate need of a nanny and Mary Poppins is the one who answers the call. So she flies in with her umbrella introducing the children to a world of magic. Mary Poppins does a variety of memorable things all while singing songs. She slides up the banister, pulls large objects out of her carpet bag, makes a game out of cleaning a room, takes the children into a chalk drawing, has a tea party on the ceiling, and so much more. Although the real person in need of help is Mr. Banks himself. He’s the one who Mary Poppins truly helps. Mary Poppins is loaded with many classic songs. Like “A Spoonful of Sugar,” Jolly Holiday,” “I Love to Laugh,” “Feed the Birds” (Walt Disney’s personal favorite), “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” and one of my all time favorite Disney songs “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” It’s just so infectious. There are also plenty of amazing dance numbers. Specifically the high energy “Step in Time” number by chimney sweeps. Another positive is there use of animation in the chalk sequence. Dancing penguin waiters and racing merry-go-round horses are just classic Disney. Along with Best Picture, Mary Poppins was nominated for Best Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound, and Adaptation or Treatment Score. Winning for Best Film Editing, Visual Effects, and Original Song “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Its biggest win however would be the Oscar Julie Andrews won for Best Actress. Can you believe this was her very first movie. She brought a sweet if not feisty charm to Mary. David Tomlinson and Dick Van Dyke gave memorable performances as well. Although some people aren’t fond of DVan Dyke’s attempt at an English accent, but it pales in comparison to the beloved classic the movie turned out to be. There’s really only one word to describe Mary Poppins. It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!


Mary (right) and Bert (left) dance in the drawing

Followed by: Mary Poppins Returns


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