As one of the most anticipated films in the last few years, the sequel to the classic Mary Poppins is finally here.
It’s been 53 years since the world first saw the classic film, Mary Poppins, and now we’ll finally be able to see how the story continues. Mary Poppins is still considered one of (if not the best) movie ever made by Disney, so it’s a bold move on their part to add to the original story after so many years. Still, like me, there are millions of fans of all ages waiting to dive once more into that world of magic and joy.
If you already have your tickets to watch Mary Poppins Returns, you might want to take a look at these facts to appreciate it even more.
Mary Poppins comes from a book saga
The entertainment mogul Walt Disney always wanted to make a film based on P.L. Travers’s saga, but she rejected the idea for decades because she didn’t want her stories turned into what she saw as ridiculous musical animations. When the sequel was announced, a lot of people freaked out, claiming that it made no sense to make a sequel for such a beloved classic, but it actually makes all the sense in the world, since there are many stories about our beloved nanny.
Why it took so long to make the sequel
After a lot of trouble and disputes, the original movie was released in 1965, winning the hearts of generations, except for one person: Travers herself, who thought the movie was too optimistic and didn’t really show the struggles of real-life, even for children, which according to her, was the whole point of the book. As a result, Travers decided to deny Disney the rights to the sequel. However, more than 20 years after her passing, her state agreed to grant the rights to the sequel, as long as they made it with respect.
The original Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews, refused to make a cameo
After the sequel was announced, everybody went crazy when they found out Dick Van Dyke (Bert) was going to make a cameo in the film. Soon, rumors of Julie Andrews appearing as well started to spread, which she soon denied. She said she was thrilled to learn that Emily Blunt was playing Poppins and that she didn’t want to steal her thunder. All in all, we wouldn’t expect less sweetness from her.
Like Andrews, Emily Blunt was the only choice for the role
When Travers finally agreed to give Disney the rights to her character, he set out on a mission to find the perfect Mary Poppins, which he found in Julie Andrews after seeing her in a play. However, when he offered her the part, she refused it because she was pregnant. Still, Disney wanted it to be her so bad that he delayed production until she was ready to be in the movie. For Rob Marshall, director of the sequel, there wasn’t any other option to take on the classic part but Blunt, who, according to him, isn’t only a great actress and singer but also shares that humanity that characterizes Mary.
Long production time
Though the sequel didn’t take as much production time as the original, it still took longer than regular films. According to Marshall, the idea to make the sequel came up about four years ago, and the first thing the team started working on was the music. It took them two and a half years to create a wholly original soundtrack that would be up to par with the original songs. In addition, the editing and special effects also took them about a year to perfect.
A modern take on a timeless story
Some things in the film were kept identical to honor the classic, like the emblematic Cherry Tree Lane. However, with other aspects, like Mary Poppins’ outfits, the production team took more liberties. Although it still embraces the look of the original, for the sequel, they decided to leave some of the eccentricities behind and create a more sophisticated and modern outfit for the new generations to embrace.
Though the movie is one of the most anticipated ones of the year, the company has managed to keep most things secret to surprise their audience, just like the original one did almost sixty years ago. Let’s hope it manages to keep its “practically perfect in every way” stamp and become a new classic.
Here's the trailer if you want to start feeling the magic right now:
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