Mary Poppins Attraction at Epcot

The D23 Expo pulled out all the stops this morning when they announced the first ever Mary Poppins ride is coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Several dancers came out and performed a “Step In Time” dance number on stage – including Disney legend Dick Van Dyke, who is 93 years old but was still dancing among the rest of them. Here’s what we know about the new attraction so far. Read More »

mary poppins returns featurette musical number

Mary Poppins Returns is now playing in theaters everywhere, and if you caught the Disney musical over the holiday weekend, you likely noticed the biggest production number revolved around the song “Trip A Little Light Fantastic.” A new Mary Poppins Returns featurette goes behind the scenes to show you how much work went into making this number a reality.

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Mary Poppins Revisited

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises.)

Leave aside the actual designation: what defines “a Disney movie”? The Walt Disney Company has released plenty of films that don’t quite feel like something that may come from the House of Mouse, per se, so what is it that defines that subgenre of film? Your mileage may vary, but the ingredients that make up a Disney movie for me include the following: slapstick humor, memorable songs, a family-friendly and family-focused story (those aren’t always the same things), an embrace of just a wee bit of excess, a willingness to scare kids somewhat, a dollop of nostalgia, and more than a touch of technological ground-breaking.

Thus, with these notions in mind, it’s hard to imagine that, at least for the first 50 years of the studio’s feature-length filmography, there’s no more quintessential Disney movie than Mary Poppins.

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Mary Poppins Honest Trailer

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, in honor of the opening of Mary Poppins Returns, the folks at Honest Trailers take aim at the original Mary Poppins from 1964. Plus, find out some things you might not have known about the Disney musical, and see how the book by P.L. Travers compares to the film adaptation. Read More »

Mary Poppins Returns is the cinematic equivalent of a cover band performing a beloved musical act’s hits: it recalls memories of what you loved when you were younger without stepping out of the shadows and working on its own. With Rob Marshall behind the camera, this 54-years-in-waiting sequel could have been a lot worse; of the three films he’s directed for Walt Disney Pictures, this is surprisingly the most tolerable. (Enjoy your pull-quote, Disney marketing!) But Mary Poppins Returns cannot help but serve as a reminder of just how special and irreplaceable the 1964 original is.

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The Making of Mary Poppins Returns

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, go behind the scenes of the making of Mary Poppins Returns. Plus, find out how Peter Jackson pieced together his World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, and Modern Family star Ariel Winter recaps the ninth and tenth season (so far) of the ABC sitcom so you can catch up. Read More »

Mary Poppins Returns Full Soundtrack Streaming

Winds in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewing, about to begin. That thing about to begin is the Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack, which is now available to stream in full. Yes, even though you have to wait for the movie, you can still kick back and listen to Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda sing their heads off for Disney’s new sequel. Listen to the the Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack below!

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mary poppins returns featurette

How do you recapture the magic of a classic movie like Mary Poppins? By casting a lead actress who is practically perfect in every way. Emily Blunt gets the spotlight in the latest Mary Poppins Returns  featurette released by Disney, which delves into how the story continues for the magical nanny and the Banks children.

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mary poppins returns early buzz

The social media embargo for Mary Poppins Returns has lifted like an otherworldly nanny floating up into the sky, and the early buzz is rolling in. Do critics find the Emily Blunt-starring Mary Poppins sequel magical? Does Lin-Manuel Miranda shine in his first big screen role? Does director Rob Marshall rekindle the spirit of the original? Or is the end result supercalifragilisticexpialistupid? Read the Mary Poppins Returns early buzz below!

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mary poppins returns songs

This holiday season, Mary Poppins Returns, and she means business. The sequel the classic Disney musical finds Emily Blunt taking up Mary’s magic umbrella, and teaming up with Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda. Like the original Mary Poppins, this follow-up film is a musical, and you owe it to yourself to stop whatever menial task your performing right now and listen to two Mary Poppins Returns songs below. They’re supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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