Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

4.7 65
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.

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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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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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