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Mary Poppins

Classics and Musicals & Performing Arts movie directed by Dave Bossert and Robert Stevenson

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Mary Poppins

  • Jan 22, 2011
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In my opinions, Mary Poppins is one of the best childrens films ever made and one of my personal favourite movies. What can I say, it's practically perfect in every way. Nothing can ever stop me from loving this movie. The catchy songs, the legendary story, the great performances, and of course the world's coolest nanny herself, Mary Poppins are just a few things that make this movie great. Mary Poppins will forever go down as Disney's best live action film and one of the best made kids films of all time.

For those of you who don't know what Mary Poppins is about, I feel terribly sorry for you because this movie was a great part of my childhood and has pretty much been a part of the childhoods of every person I ask (don't think I just run around asking people if they have seen Mary Poppins). Anyway, it's about two unhappy children named Jane and Michael and their parents. They need a nanny and Mary Poppins finds Jane and Michael's advertisement that their father ripped up and threw into the fire. Mary Poppins comes to the house and works that special kind of magic that involves popping through chalk pavement pictures and dancing on rooftops. Well, our male lead Bert (Dick van Dyke) is mostly involved in that, but Mary's magical powers assist in the adventures. I don't really want to explain much more in case any of you haven't seen this and want to. The story is truly a modern fairytale and a movie that everyone should watch at least once in their lifetime.

The real strength that the movie has going for it is the catchy songs and stellar performances. Of course the two best known performances in the movie are that of Andrews and Van Dyke in the main roles of Mary Poppins and Bert. The other actors aren't exactly well known now, but their performances are just as well done, especially the actor who plays George Banks. I would definitely have to say that Julie and Dick were the best. The characters are also well-written and memorable, and they are flawed (except Mary Poppins, who's practically perfect in every way) but definitely likeable.

The other main strength is its incredibly catchy songs. I mean, even if you've never watched a movie you've probably heard of the songs "Spoonful of Sugar" or "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". Those are easily the two most well known songs in the movie, but they're not in my opinion the best. I think the best is "Step in Time", the big chimney sweep dance number and "Feed the Birds". Anyay, all of them are quite memorable and some of the best songs Disney has ever done.

All in all, Mary Poppins is a movie that everyone should see at least one time in their life. It was a crucial part of my childhood and I feel deeply sorry for any person who has not seen this movie. So I would definitely recommend this to anyone, young or old, male or female, anybody. Strong performances, a great story, and catchy songs are just the thing that makes this movie great and just the thing that could make this a wonderful kids movie.

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review by . July 11, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
'Mary Poppins' elicits a charm that hasn't diminished since its debut. Besides the marvelous debut of Julie Andrews, a stellar performance by Dick Van Dyke, and a more than adequate supporting cast, the songs are terrific, the story is engaging--criss crossing between Englands' class society, Women's Suffrage, and child rearing. A few intangibles--like a break in tension or a less resounding effect of other sixties musicals (notably Oliver and The Sound of Music) mar what is otherwise a magical …
review by . December 15, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
While I loved it as a child, it never occured to me my 3 year old would also love it. She fell in love with it at my parent's house and sang the songs she learned for weeks afterward. She looked forward to watching it so much everytime she visited them that I had to pick her up her own copy for X-mas!
review by . December 15, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
The all-new 40th Anniversary edition of MARY POPPINS is definitely a must-own for all fans of the movie, and has been well worth the wait. As the editorial review states, this is the third DVD of MARY POPPINS to be released. The last edition (on the Gold Classics label) featured a great print but scant extras and fans simply knew that the Disney company should have done a better job remastering and releasing one of their most beloved films. Our prayers have been answered!    This …
review by . December 09, 2004
Right up front, let me say that I am NOT a fan of this movie. But I know lots of people are, and I'm not about to start tearing it apart because I find it too treacly...much more than a spoonful of sugar in this flick. BUt, there's no sense reviewing it. I'm a 40 year old man, my opinion of this film is not terribly important. Nor can I comment on whether kids will still like it...neither of mine can be coerced into watching it.    But the DVD CANNOT BE FAULTED. It's packed full …
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There is only one word that comes close to accurately describing the enchantingMary Poppins, and that term was coined by the movie itself: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even at 2 hours and 20 minutes, Disney's pioneering mixture of live action and animation (based on the books by P.L. Travers) still holds kids spellbound. Julie Andrews won an Oscar as the world's most magically idealized nanny ("practically perfect in every way," and complete with lighter-than-air umbrella), and Dick Van Dyke is her clownishly charming beau, Bert the chimney sweep. The songs are also terrific, ranging from bright and cheery ("A Spoonful of Sugar") to dark and cheery (the Oscar-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee") to touchingly melancholy ("Feed the Birds"). Many considerMary Poppinsto be the crowning achievement of Walt Disney's career--and it was the only one of his features to be nominated for a best picture Academy Award untilBeauty and the Beastin 1991.--Jim Emerson



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Genre: Classics, Music, Musical
Release Date: August 26, 1964
MPAA Rating: G
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
Runtime: 139 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video
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