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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 mother Glynis Johns, and the two "impossible" children Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber. The kids get the attention of their all-business father by ...
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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 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

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/1998
  • UPC: 786936068733
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Presentation: Restored / THX
  • Sound: THX-Supervised Mastering
  • Format: VHS

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
Major Sam Harris Citizen
Doris Lloyd Depositor
James Logan
Arthur Malet Mr. Dawes, Jr.
Don Barclay Mr. Binnacle
Dal McKennon Voice Only
J. Pat O'Malley
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    my review

    I love Mary Poppins.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2014

    MUST HAVE FOR ANY WALT DISNEY COLLECTION

    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

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Mary Poppins

    Bought for my grand daughters saw an died as when I saw many years ago

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

    Excellent addition to my grandchild's Disney Library!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Best Uplifting, happy movie ever made!

    Best Uplifting, happy movie ever made!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    i love this movie

    i love this movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary Poppins

    This is a great movie. It is a good blend of cartoon and human characters. Noone could ever forget Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, and Dick Van Dyke as Bert. The kids in the movie are cute too. I loved the songs in the movie as a kid and I love them still; A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down; Let's go fly a kite, Chim Chiminey, Chim Chiminey Chim Chim Cherie, and Supercalifragilistic expialidocious. The story is cute. It's amazing as a kid that you could jump into a chalk drawing. Mary Poppins is there when the kids need her, and helps get the family through a rough time. Two thumbs up, a great kids movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Historical movie

    You might be surprised this movie has already used animation in the movie.
    But it's too long to see.
    Actually it's the historical movie worth to see once.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic with a Sexist Message

    I loved this movie as a child, and I believe it deserves its place as a family classic. That being said -- I noticed, as an adult, that the movie has a sexist message embedded. To be specific, the reason Jane and Michael need Mary Poppins in the first place is that their mother neglects them in favor of her campaign to get women the right to vote. I would not let it deter me from watching the movie with kids, but would discuss this aspect of it with the children so they don't uncritically adopt the values implicit in the script.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mary Poppins

    My 4 1/2 twin sons really enjoyed the music and were entertained. Mary Poppins is a classic for children of all ages from 4 to 44 and beyond.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A 'spoonfull' of Mary will make the 'medicine-of-Life' go down deliciously!

    It takes you back 'Looking through the eyes of a child' again..Maybe if we became a 'child' again, with this 'Medicine from Mary Poppins', the problems before us would go alot easier. Mary Poppins, don't leave!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Good Stuff

    Watch it and you'll love it. Great for kids of all ages :o)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Essentials

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Disney film

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must see!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly Entertaining!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    R.I.P. “Mary Poppins” (or Rip Her To Shreds)

    Whim worshippers unite and snap your fingers at your senses, at reality, at virtues like responsibility and productivity and earned rewards—and applaud a gushing, unblushing presentation of just such finger-snapping in “Mary Poppins” (aka “The Triumph of the Whim”). Contrary to undoubtedly popular belief, this film is neither a cheery confection nor a harmless celebration of the imagination. In fact, “Mary Poppins” projects a truly deadly sense of life, sending a horrible message to children and adults alike that the mind doesn’t matter and that life-affirming values based in and on reality don’t matter indeed, and in short, that you can have any cake you want and eat it, too. Its presentation of mindless, effortless wish-fulfillment is an artistic and moral crime. This movie also bubbles with random, meaningless foam from start to finish. Care to fathom the foam? It takes the form of several creative and colorful—but invariably shallow and incredibly absurd—musical sequences. This movie also spews spittle from start to finish. Can you spot the spit? It takes the form of uniformly insulting presentations of humanity. For instance: children (spoiled, caprice-driven), parents (silly, self-absorbed, irresponsible, incapable), businessmen/bankers (grasping, stiff, doddering, ridiculous), as well as several other unflattering, irredeemable individual portraits: --an irresponsible, supernatural nanny whose “virtue” is filling kids’ heads with and exposing them to nonsense --a devil-may-care drifter/street beggar who is a “hero” precisely because he is devil-may-care --an old navy man whose “distinction” is madness --an old “bachelor” whose “appeal” consists in his laughing immoderately at trifles (or next to nothing) --a derelict, pigeon-feeding bag lady (of all the inspiring examples available to choose from in the human pantheon) who is the “worthy” subject of a truly beautifully sung song The stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke project warmth and charisma in their roles, but so what? Such qualities are hitched to darkness, not light and golden talent like theirs only seems to make this film genuinely glitter. Scratch the speciously shiny surface of “Mary Poppins” and you’ll find nothing but a lump of condemnable coal. R.I.P. “Mary Poppins” (or Rip Her To Shreds)

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure Disney

    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!".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My toddler asks for "Poppy" by name!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I grew up on this movie!

    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!

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