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Mary Poppins
The Disney classic that won five Oscars and gave Julie Andrews her on-screen debut.


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Plot
In Edwardian London a magical nanny teaches two slightly naughty children to make life enjoyable for themselves and others.


Review
The stage version is packing them in down the West End, Mary Poppins is finally dusting off its heritage as TV schedule filler and reminding audiences, just in time for its 40th anniversary, why itís one of Disneyís greats. As the winner of five Oscars and the film that gave Julie Andrews her on-screen debut, this shouldnít really need much of a fanfare, but one too many jokes about Dick Van Dyke's dire Cawk-nee accent can drag a movie down.

The exploits of novelist P. L. Travers' nanny sparkle thanks to the Sherman brothers' songs (from the haunting Feed The Birds to the rousing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) and multi-talented leads. Poppinsí arrival from the clouds to shape up the lives of the Banks family is still magical, and the animated sequence so hated by Travers remains a real winner with ankle-biters. But the film's also overlong and drags both at the beginning (it's more than 20 minutes before Andrews shows up) and the end.


Extras

Mary Poppins Mary Poppins
Released: 07 March 2005
While Poppins isn’t new to DVD, most of this ‘40th Anniversary Edition’ material certainly is. Plenty of deleted and original material has been dug up for a more adult-orientated edition, including several songs and elements of the score that didn’t make it. The archive material on show, including make-up tests and blue-screen work, is incredible, even if it’s confusingly packaged in several different ‘making of’ documentaries. The best moments come via the reminiscences of the major players. Van Dyke fully acknowledges his problems in mastering the accent and the Shermans detail their battles with Travers, who didn’t understand why they couldn’t just use the lovely Greensleeves for the score. There’s also footage from the premiere, games, stills, the original introduction by Julie Andrews and a new part-animated short The Cat That Looked At The King, in which Andrews is joined by Duchess Of York Sarah Ferguson, cast, perhaps ironically, as the voice of the Queen.


Verdict
Completists may prefer to view it in its entirety, but watch it on DVD and make judicious use of the 'skip' button and with a little home editing you can edge this movie up to the five-star rating it could so easily have earned.


Reviewed by Emma Cochrane


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I am not a great lover of Musicals but I love Mary Poppins - ... More

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Posted by bobbyperu at 20:13, 07 September 2011 | Report This Post


Mary Poppins: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

This is another Disney film that they got right, not like that Beverly Hills Dog thing, this film is full of humour for kids and adults to enjoy, the songs are catchy, the film has a great story and the film is a classic, what more could you ask for?! I think that Disney should concentrate on making more films like this rather than films about talking and pampered pooches, sort it out! ... More

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Posted by LUCASLITTLEWOOD at 21:57, 11 July 2010 | Report This Post


tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058331/]Mary Poppinst is often said that with musical there are only two options: you either love them or hate them. I think that Mary Poppins is a prime example of that and I can imagine that there are people who hate it. Me personally though, I loved it. It had great songs, that keep stuck in your mind though, and good effects (especially for that time) I had a fun afternoon watching it. /b] ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 21:48, 15 February 2010 | Report This Post


"Mary Poppins" is a film that can truly be called 'Classic', a project conceived in love and filled with so much child-like wonder that it will never grow old or 'out-of-date'. ... More

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Posted by deppfanatic at 21:06, 16 October 2009 | Report This Post


"Mary Poppins" is a film that can truly be called 'Classic', a project conceived in love and filled with so much child-like wonder that it will never grow old or 'out-of-date'. ... More

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Posted by deppfanatic at 21:06, 16 October 2009 | Report This Post


Practically Perfect In Every Way

loved this movie and Dick Van Dyke is great. Who cares about the legnth, it is a great way to pass 2 hours. ... More

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