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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
I watched this as a child and fell in love with BERT! especially when he was the chimney sweep! I remember watching it every Christmas and it never seemed to get old or dated. Fast forward to last week when my 3 year old niece and I were browsing the films available on Amazon Prime Video. She kind of likes to just watch the trailers, and we spent an hour just doing that until we came to Mary Poppins. Apparently she had heard the song "Let's go fly a kite" and as soon as it started to play it was.. "Buy it, Buy it auntie LuLu, can we watch it now... can we?" So using some of my Amazon Promotional credit I purchased it! We both sat there transfixed. I was singing along to the songs, my niece was well impressed that I knew them. She joined in when we came to the Kite flying scene.... and then we watched it again and again. She actually fell sleep while Marry Poppins was singing " Stay Awake" which I thought was just adorable.
I am not going to tell you the plot of this film, it would just spoil it for the person who has yet to see it . I will say that it is a wonderful FAMILY film. Lots of "sing-along" songs, A lot of magic and Good Feelings... what more could you ask for in a family movie!
How do you review a film like Mary Poppins? It is a milestone in Walt Disney's fabulous string of feature films and introduced Julie Andrews to the cinema-going public (even though the original star of My Fair Lady on stage, she was overlooked by Warner Brothers as she was deemed to be 'not a star' which left her free to be chosen by Disney for Mary Poppins which was being made at the same time). Suffice to say that this blu-ray 50th Anniversary edition (presumably the many Bonus Features are largely new!) faithfully reflects the fabulous original cinema release with excellent picture and sound quality (probably far better than available at many of the cinemas it was originally shown in!).
I have always loved this film and I have bought it for my children who have learnt some of the songs at school. The film is very slow-paced by comparison with contemporary children's films, but it is subtle, gentle, humourous and with a lovely moral message centred around the father learning to spend more time playing with his children.
Aside from her wonderful singing voice, Julie Andrews' character is a sharp-witted and moral nanny to two children, and through her the children's father learns to spend more time playing with his children and less time working. It is heart-warming, gritty and educational. Dick Van Dyke's warmth and humour are engaging enough that you forgive him his terrible English accent.
Practically perfect in everyway! Always been a favourite film since it first appeared when I was only a toddler. Julie & Dick were the perfect acting, singing and dancing pair for this and nobody could replace them. A film you can watch time and time again and love it even more each time, especially with the animated animals included. The songs brilliant, my favourite "Feed the Birds" well it has to be when you own a parrot who sings along too! Recommend it for anyone of any age and worth a huge lot more than the price.
This has been cleaned nicely for bluray so many of this age ave been done so badly. Nice mix of songs and story and some nice graphics arrived quickly daughter loves it would recommend for others to watch.
I bought this to watch with my grandson. Imagine us on the settee, grandfather and grandson. He was mesmerised, and there were tears in my eyes as I remembered watching it with my daughter. Pure nostalgia. He went to bed singing "Let's go fly a kite...."