Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

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Director: Robert Stevenson

Cast: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson


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Long resistant to film adaptations of her Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers finally succumbed to the entreaties of Walt Disney, and the result is often considered the finest of Disney's personally supervised films. The Travers stories are bundled together to tell the story of the Edwardian-era British Banks family: the banker father (David Tomlinson), suffragette…  See more details below


Long resistant to film adaptations of her Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers finally succumbed to the entreaties of Walt Disney, and the result is often considered the finest of Disney's personally supervised films. The Travers stories are bundled together to tell the story of the Edwardian-era British Banks family: the banker father (David Tomlinson), suffragette mother (Glynis Johns), and the two "impossible" children (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). The kids get the attention of their all-business father by bedevilling every new nanny in the Banks household. Whem Mr. Banks advertises conventionally for another nanny, the kids compose their own ad, asking for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her screen debut) answers the children's ad by arriving at the Banks home from the skies, parachuting downward with her umbrella. She immediately endears herself to the children. The next day they meet Mary's old chum Bert (Dick Van Dyke), currently employed as a sidewalk artist. Mary, Bert, and the children hop into one of Bert's chalk drawings and learn the nonsense song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in a cartoon countryside. Later, they pay a visit to Bert's Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn), who laughs so hard that he floats to the ceiling. Mr. Banks is pleased that his children are behaving better, but he's not happy with their fantastic stories. To show the children what the real world is like, he takes them to his bank. A series of disasters follow which result in his being fired from his job. Mary Poppins' role in all this leads to some moments when it is possible to fear that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being she is, all her "mistakes" lead to a happy result by the end of the film. In 2001, Mary Poppins was rereleased in a special "sing-along" edition with subtitles added to the musical numbers so audiences could join in with the onscreen vocalists.screen vocalists.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Martha Schulman
It is impossible to hold a discussion of Movie Magic without touching on Mary Poppins, winner of five Oscars as well as the love of three generations of children (and counting). Based on a beloved book and featuring Julie Andrews (The Sound Of Music) and Dick Van Dyke in peak musical comedy form, it also employed Walt Disney's crack animation team and an infectious, whimsical score. (Enduring highlights include "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," and that bane of spell-checks "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.") As Mary Poppins -- the cheerful, no-nonsense Nanny with rosy cheeks, a magic carpetbag, and the ability to do practically anything -- Andrews is a dream come to life for the Banks children. Though at times things look bad for young Jane and Michael, even distant dads and unforgiving bosses are no match for Ms. Poppins's combination of magic and good sense. She transports the Banks family, just as the film transports the viewer, into a world where imagination is king, penguins dance with chimneysweeps, and live-action mingles joyfully with animation, making this tuneful Disney classic a perennial favorite.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Mary Poppins was one of the most successful of a long line of Disney musicals, enjoying enduring and widespread popular acclaim. The film introduced Julie Andrews to the silver screen and offered Dick Van Dyke an opportunity to stretch his television-honed talents in a more demanding medium. Andrews' performance has become iconic, as her prissy and tight-lipped title character ironically liberates the children trapped in a stultifying Edwardian England home. She can sing like a bird, and uses that talent to great advantage in the film's delightful and award-winning tunes. Despite a ridiculous Cockney accent, Van Dyke is full of playfulness and creative spontaneity. The story's attack on the materialistic values and staid lives of turn-of-the-century England is undercut by the Disney-like romanticizing of the lives of the working class, particularly the chimney sweeps. The children give predictably too-cute performances, but the direction by Robert Stevenson keeps things moving briskly enough that we don't get stuck in sticky sweetness. The entire set was constructed indoors and it shows: the "outdoor" scenes are bathed in a dull gray light. Still, there are a number of unforgettable song-and-dance sequences that stand the test of time, and the tale's overall subversiveness is distinctly appealing. Nominated for 13 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Mary Poppins took home five statuettes, including Best Actress for Andrews, an award widely interpreted as a consolation prize for being passed over when Audrey Hepburn was cast in the movie version that same year of My Fair Lady, the role that made Andrews a star on-stage.

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Special Features

Audio commentary; Poppins pop-up fun facts; "The Cat That Looked at a King" -- a new animated short based on the P.L. Travers Story; the deleted song "Chimpanzoo"; "A Magical Musical Reunion" featuring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and Richard Sherman; "I Love To Laugh" set-top game; "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The Making of Mary Poppins"; footage from the gala world premiere.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Andrews Mary Poppins
Dick Van Dyke Bert/Mr. Dawes, Sr.
David Tomlinson Mr. Banks
Glynis Johns Mrs. Banks
Hermione Baddeley Ellen
Ed Wynn Uncle Albert
Reginald Owen Admiral Boom
Karen Dotrice Jane Banks
Matthew Garber Michael Banks
Elsa Lanchester Katie Nanna
Arthur Treacher Constable Jones
Reta Shaw Mrs. Brill
Jane Darwell Bird Woman
Cyril Delevanti Mr. Grubbs
Lester Matthews Mr. Tomes
Clive L. Halliday Mr. Mousely
Marjorie Bennett Miss Lark
Alma Lawton Mrs. Corry
Marjorie Eaton Miss Persimmon
Sam Harris Citizen
Doris Lloyd Depositor
James Logan Actor
Arthur Malet Mr. Dawes, Jr.
Don Barclay Mr. Binnacle
Dal McKennon Fox
J. Pat O'Malley Actor
Irwin Kostal Conductor

Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
Hal Ambro Animator
Marc Breaux Choreography
Carroll Clark Production Designer
Edward Colman Cinematographer
Don DaGradi Screenwriter
Walt Disney Producer
Peter Ellenshaw Special Effects
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Ollie Johnston Animator
Milt Kahl Animator
Ward Kimball Animator
Irwin Kostal Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Eric Larson Animator
John Lounsbery Animator
Hamilton Luske Animator
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Robert Mattey Special Effects
Pat McNalley Makeup
Cliff Nordberg Animator
Richard M. Sherman Score Composer
Robert B. Sherman Score Composer
Art Stevens Animator
Frank Thomas Animator
William Tuntke Production Designer
Bill Walsh Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Walton Costumes/Costume Designer
Cotton Warburton Editor
Dee Dee Wood Choreography

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. Opening Credits
2. Cherry Tree Lane
3. "Sister Suffragette"
4. "The Life I Lead"
5. "The Perfect Nanny"
6. Mary Poppins Arrives
7. "A Spoonful of Sugar"
8. Time for an Outing
9. "Jolly Holiday"
10. Time for Tea
11. "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"
12. "Stay Awake"
13. "I Love to Laugh"
14. A Few Words With Mary Poppins
15. "Feed the Birds"
16. "The Fidelity Fiduciary Bank"
17. "Chim Chim Cher-ee"
18. The Rooftops of London
19. "Step in Time"
20. A Call From the Bank
21. Mr. Banks Is Discharged
22. "Let's Go Fly a Kite"
23. Mary Poppins Departs
24. Closing Credits

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Mary Poppins 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun filled adventure from beginning to end.
CatherineInTexas More than 1 year ago
Wonderful movie. I watch this with the grandkids and without! The music has become a classic and Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke make this movie magical.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought for my grand daughters saw an died as when I saw many years ago
Constant_StudentSP More than 1 year ago
The fantasy and classic kind-heartedness of this movie helps set a tone for my grandchildren. I hope that thy will use a spoonful of sugar to get through the hard-times and recognize that the world can be seen through a negative or positive lens!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Uplifting, happy movie ever made!
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i love this movie
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter is two (almost three) and LOVES ''Miss Poppins'' as she calls her. My husband and I are breathing a sigh of relief because on the 20th viewing of this movie, WE still enjoy it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One cannot understate the charm and enjoyment of this wonderful film. In our house, it is a favorite of both parents and young children. Many probably recall the dream-like story of the singing and flying nanny who mends the strains of a turn-of-the century British family. We also remember the classic songs like Spoon Full of Sugar, Supercalifragilistic, and Let's Fly a Kite. Less well known is the warm and heartfelt family tale, the charm and wit of the pleasant characters, and the beautiful scenery (all filmed, we learn from the DVD, in a Disney sound studio). This is, quite simply, the greatest family movie of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been watching this film ever since I was a little girl. I used to watch it everyday and I couldn't get enough of that wonderful score and great special effects for 1964. A smile appears on my face every time I hear the name and you can't help but love Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews at the tops of their talent. Dick Van Dyke is also wonderful as the old man at the bank. The story goes that he wanted to play that part so badly that he told Walt Disney that he wouldn't accept extra pay for it. I love this movie with wonderful acting, score, special effects. It is a feel good family movie that will be popular for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I picked up Mary Poppins at the video store, my son protested my choice. However, despite minor protest, he agreed to watch it. I could not believe how much this movie enchanted my 7 year old son!!! He begun dancing around and tried to sing along with the songs that he'd never heard of before. I believe the mixture of music,magic, animations and ''live'' acting combined helped keep my son interested and involved. In addition, it gave my son a chance to experience Walt Disney at his greatest!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember watching Mary Poppins as a child and being completely enchanted. My siblings and I drove our parents crazy singing the songs. I even wished for a nanny like miss poppins( I was 4 years old). This movie will continue to enchant children and parents alike for generations because they are seeing Disney at it's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary Poppins is one of the many classic Disney films that you and your family will not want to miss! This movie is filled with imagination, magic, music, fun, and much more! Julie andrews first movie debut in which she plays a magical nanny who comes to the Banks family home on Cherry Tree Lane to help bring happiness, laughter, and love back into their home. This special edition 2 disk dvd of Mary Poppins is sure to take you on a magical adventure that you will never forget.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie growing up. I hadn't thought about it in years until the commercial for the DVD and I am buying at my next chance. Big hit for the holiday season!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this for myself with a gift card, because I hadn't seen this much-loved movie in years. I put it on for my little girl, who hadn't ever shown much interest in any live-action film, and she was immediately entranced. Now, almost immediately upon waking each morning, she runs to the shelf and brings me the DVD box, saying,"Da Poppy mama, da Poppy!" She's also learning to dance by emulating Dick van Dyke. All in all, a favorite with everyone in our house!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie's the essential core of what Walt Disney was about. There's a reason he sought the story longer than any other, and Mrs. Travers' reserve in granting it- she wanted to make sure Mary Poppins would remain fresh for children of all ages. What a delight in seeing the characters come to life! I could not imagine anyone disliking a story with make believe at it's premise, as that is what most movies are. Moreover, that kindness and respecting others somehow distances it from "reality". In fact, the examples of behaviour show a clear moral foundation, by promoting "charity over greed", "kindness over scolding", and "carefree living vs. miserly hoarding". This story strikes chords of Heart- Faith, Hope, Charity, & Love set to the tune of "make believe". Seeing these Stars at/near the prime of their careers, with rare appearances on film from Ed Wynn (Uncle), Rita Shaw (Cook) and Hermione Baddely (Maid). The desire for captions included would make ideal for all, and is unfortunately missing. A "thumbs up!".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary Poppins is a very cute and fun movie and I find it to be an excellent feel-good movie to watch when you are sick or even if you are stressed out and need to have your spirits lifted! The whole cast is wonderful but I especially like Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke as Bert and Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber as Jane and Michael. Okay, so Dick Van Dyke's imitation of a British accent is a little over the top but he is so cute in this movie and really entertains!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I forgot what this movie was all about until I rented it at the library for my 2.5 and 4.5 year old girls. We all LOVED it! We continue to sing the songs everyday and it lifts our spirits and makes us dance around the house. My girls are so used to an evil person or witch in movies/shows. Although the president of the bank is a little bit scary to them, it is nothing in comparison to all of the other childrens' movies they have seen. It is wonderful! They are so happy that they can watch the movie without being scared. Needless to say, I have already purchased the CD and DVD as Christmas presents for the girls. I'm sure they will get a lot of use. A classic!! Truly uplifting and says so much about enjoying the little things in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poppins : the best film on earth ever made !! Julie Andrews was exceptional in this film ! A Classic ! Films has been a family favorite of all ages for yrs & yrs and many more to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MARY POPPINS was an instant hit....the last of the big budget live action films supervised by Walt himself...and every minute of the film shows taste, style, wit, heart, imagination and huge, huge talent. What else can one say about a film that made "Our Julie" a household name and worldwide star? It is essential viewing for old and young alike.
Hawks1800 More than 1 year ago
I love Mary Poppins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watch it and you'll love it. Great for kids of all ages :o)