Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.
When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents.Written by
Lyricist Robert B. Sherman had searched for nearly two weeks for a catchy phrase that could be Mary Poppins' anthem. He came across the perfect title when his young son Jeff came home from school one day and announced that he had just received a polio vaccine. Thinking that the vaccine had been administered as a shot, Sherman asked, "Did it hurt?" He replied, "No. They just gave it to me on a cube of sugar and I swallowed it down." Sherman tried the idea on his brother the following morning, Richard M. Sherman put the phrase to music and "A Spoonful of Sugar" was born. See more »
During the "Supercali..." song, when Bert and Mary sing "The biggest word you ever heard and this is how it goes..." Mary's head becomes slightly transparent and you can see the animation behind her. This goof might only be on the remastered 2004 DVD version. See more »
All right, ladies an' gents! Comical poem! Suitable for the occasion, extemporized and thought up before your very eyes! All right, 'ere we go!
Room 'ere for everyone. Gather around.
The constable - responstable! Now 'ow does that sound?
[dashes over to Miss Lark, sings]
'Ello, Miss Lark, I've got one for you.
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The Banks children are referred to on-screen as Jane and Michael, but are only credited as "The Children." See more »
In some theaters, likely British theaters, there was an intermission after Mary Poppins finished singing Stay Awake. The 2004 DVD includes a fullscreen clip of the number fading to black and an intermission card appearing. See more »
A magic nanny (Julie Andrews) comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family.
When you look over the history of the Disney film, you have some good eras and some bad eras. The Golden Age could be "Snow White" and "Cinderella". The Second Golden Age would be "Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin". But there is a huge gap in there, with very few winners. Many simply have not stood the test of time very well.
"Mary Poppins" is a bright spot. The animation is nothing terribly special, but it has many memorable scenes and even more memorable songs. As far as the 1960s goes, this may be the highest achievement that Disney had for the entire decade.
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