Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mary Poppins turns 45!

On January 27th, Disney's iconic tale of a mythical nanny turning the lives of her English charges completely upside down, Mary Poppins, celebrates its 45th anniversary.

I remember that, as a kid, I loved watching Dick Van Dyke dancing with the penguins, and singing along to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" or "A Spoonful of Sugar" (which is still the best way to give medicine, though I never remember that with my own kids now that I'm a Mom!). My first trip to London, which didn't happen until I was an adult in my twenties, had me imagining the city would look just as it did in that movie, with its smokey factory chimney tops. And there's something magical (well, naturally) about that very first time we see Mary with her umbrella.

It's a testament to Disney that the movie brings her world so vividly to life, that by the time Mary Poppins lifts that famous umbrella aloft and floats off to her next assignment, we've come to accept that this is a perfectly natural thing for a nanny to do!

There are just so many great moments in the film--ones that each new generation can share with their own kids and re-live again and again, together as a family.

And now, you can do experience all the wonder again with a spectacular new offering from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. To honor the 45th anniversary of Mary Poppins, they are releasing a commemorative DVD edition that includes a whole treasure trove of bonus features--really, folks, just look at what they've included in this DVD:


Backstage Disney
Disney on Broadway

Mary Poppins from Page to Stage —First a beloved children’s book, then a classic movie and now a smash hit Broadway musical! Fans can follow the story of Mary Poppins from page to stage as the creative team and cast prepare to take the long running show on tour.

Step in Time—The Broadway cast of Mary Poppins performs the never-before-filmed number “Step in Time” from the show.

Step in Time – A downloadable MP3 featuring the Broadway cast of Mary Poppins singing “Step in Time,” featuring Ashley Brown as Mary Poppins and Gavin Lee as Bert.

Video Intro By Scenic & Costume Designer, Bob Crowley

Bob Crowley’s Design Galleries—Concept art, costume designs, set designs and set
models for the Broadway musical

Audio Commentary—Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Karen Dotrice and Richard Sherman recall the making of Mary Poppins.

Poppins Pop-Up Fun Facts—Select this option and fun-filled facts about the creation of this classic film pop up during viewing.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The Making of Mary Poppins—The definitive behind-the- scenes look at how this unique and beloved film came into being.

Movie Magic—A look at the special effect techniques used to bring the magical world of
Mary Poppins to life.

The Gala World Premiere—Footage from the Red Carpet.

Dick Van Dyke Make-Up Test

Trailers, Ads and More from the Original Release and Reissue of the Film

Mary Poppins Still Art Galleries

Music & More

Disney’s Song Selection—The whole family can sing along to “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and any of the film’s other memorable songs as the lyrics pop up on screen. Each song can be selected separately or while watching the film.

Magical Musical Reunion—Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and songwriter Richard Sherman eminisce about making Mary Poppins and the music that makes it so special.

A Musical Journey with Richard Sherman —A delightful magical journey through some of the film’s locations with co-composer Richard Sherman, who reveals surprising secrets about the music of Mary Poppins along the way.

Bonus Short

The Cat That Looked at a King—Live action and animation bring a chapter of P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins Opens the Door to life! Julie Andrews takes viewers into a magical animated world created in the style of the whimsical chalk drawings in Mary Poppins.

Deleted Song

“Chimpanzoo”—A reconstruction of a song that did not appear in the movie using original storyboard and concept art, accompanied by a new rendition of the song performed by co- composer Richard Sherman.

This Mary Poppins
45th Anniversary Edition
Commemorative DVD
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Geraldine said...

The Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious song/scene! It brings back fun memories of singing it in elementary school chorus. =)


Karla said...

i LOVE all the scenes where Dick Van Dyke is dancing :-) I've always loved him.

Juicebox.mom said...

I loved the Dancing Penguins!

RockCity said...

i don't have a favorite scene, just all the songs are great...we have the CD in the car. I haven't seen the movie in years.

RockCity said...

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Ladytink_534 said...

Personally, I've always loved when Mary Poppins, Burt, and the children are riding the merry-go-round horses through the countryside :)


judybrittle said...

I love this movie! One of the all time best. My favorite scene is when Mary Poppins was taking all those things out of her bag. I loved that as a child. Plus the Spoonful Of Sugar song scene.

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Kim said...

I LOVE the chimney scene! LOVE IT!

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valerie2350 said...

love the dancing with the chimney sweeps!

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Cynthiaa said...

I love this movie. BY FAR my favorite Disney movie. I love when they clean the room and everything is super amazing.

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Sunny said...

EVERY scene is my favorite! I love the entire movie and all of the songs. We sing them all from Feed the Birds to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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I just subscribed!

Elizabeth said...

I love the spoonful of sugar song! What a great movie!


Amy Starr said...

Wow - my daughter was just watching this from the library - I love Spoonful of Sugar! Thanks!

Jeff and Mandee said...

I love it when they are going aliong all of the rooftops sings chim chimmeny chim chimmeny chim chim charoo! I think my daughter owuld love this movie (maybe it will get her off her Wizard of Oz kick!)


Jeff and Mandee said...

I am a subscriber :)


Giveaways Blog said...

Great giveaway. We've always loved Supercalifragilisticespialidocious - it was such a triumph learning to say the word at school!

MJ said...

I Love Chim Chimaree!

Beth said...

I love the Spoonful of Music song/scene.

Francine said...

I like the song spoonful of sugar. I havent seen this movie in awhile ans would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway.


Francine said...

Im a google subscriber.


Lindley said...

I haven't seen this movie forever, but I still remember that the "Spoonful of Sugar" scene was my favorite!
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nanja said...

My favorite song from Mary Poppins is "A spoonful of sugar" Thank you!

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nape said...

We sang a MARY POPPINS medley in swing choir. Would you like me to sing you the songs in alto? We had the most fun singing, "Just A Spoonful of Sugar," so I'll choose that as my favorite scene in the movie.

Fun giveaway. Thanks!

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