Over 50 years after the original "Mary Poppins," Disney will premiere the sequel "Mary Poppins Returns." Here are 26 fun facts about the original.
Over 50 years after the original release of "Mary Poppins," Disney will premiere the long-awaited sequel: "Mary Poppins Returns." The film, which is set to release on December 25, will star Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Meryl Streep.
Keep reading for an inside look into the secrets of the original film, and which of the original characters will make surprise appearances in the new movie.
Dick Van Dyke played two characters in the film.
In addition to his role as Bert, the jovial chimney sweep, Dick Van Dyke starred in the film as Mr. Dawes, Sr. under the acting credit "Navckid Keyd." The letters unscramble to reveal the actor's name.
Dick Van Dyke will appear in the sequel.
Nearly 50 years later, Van Dyke will appear in the "Mary Poppins" sequel as Mr. Dawes, Jr., which we can only assume is the son of his original character, Mr. Dawes, Sr.
Julie Andrews will not appear in the new film.
The original Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews, will not appear in the upcoming sequel. The director of the film told Entertainment Weekly that Andrews wants people to focus on Emily Blunt and her performance.
Walt Disney offered Julie Andrews the role of Mary Poppins after seeing her in a musical.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Walt Disney himself offered Julie Andrews one of her most iconic roles after attending the musical "Camelot" on Broadway. At the time, Andrews was playing Guinevere in the musical.
Disney postponed production on the film for Julie Andrews.
Andrews was pregnant when Disney offered her the role and was unable to accept his offer at the time. Walt Disney wanted Julie Andrews to play Mary Poppins, so he postponed the film for her, according to the LA Times.
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is a real word.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is a real word that means "extraordinarily good; wonderful." In the film, the word is meant to be used when you have nothing to say.
Composers Richard and Robert Sherman might not have made up the famed nonsensical word.
Although often credited with the creation of the word "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," Richard and Robert Sherman might not have made it up at all, although they claim to have. There was a variant of the word that was first used in 1931 in a column by Helen Herman, and another variant used by other songwriters in 1949.
Julie Andrews had an accident while filming.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Julie Andrews revealed she almost died while filming "Mary Poppins." According to the actress, she was wearing a harness to film a flying sequence for the movie when she felt herself slip and "plummet" to the stage.
"Mary Poppins" was Julie Andrews first feature-length movie.
Although she had appeared in TV movies and shows, "Mary Poppins" was Julie Andrews' first live-action film. You could argue that it was this Disney film that launched her illustrious acting career.
"Mary Poppins" was the highest grossing film of 1964.
Andrews was considered for the role of Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady." If she had gotten it, she may never have played Mary Poppins.
Andrews was being considered for the lead role of Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" after starring in the Broadway play. Had she gotten the role, she may never have played Mary Poppins. The role eventually went to Audrey Hepburn instead, and Andrews would go on to win an Academy Award for best actress for "Mary Poppins."
In her acceptance speech, she thanked Jack Warner, the president of Warner Brothers, who decided Andrews was not famous enough for the movie version of "My Fair Lady."
"Mary Poppins" won five Academy Awards in total.
In an impressive night at the Academy Awards, "Mary Poppins" walked away with five Oscars. Julie Andrews won for best actress while the Sherman brothers won for their hit songs.
Disney waited 20 years for P.L. Travers to approve his bid.
Walt Disney originally put in a bid for film rights to P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins" in 1938, but it wasn't accepted until 20 years later, according to Smithsonian Magazine.
The author of the "Mary Poppins" novels hated Disney's adaptation.
Despite her extensive meetings on certain aspects of the film, author P.L. Travers never approved of the "Mary Poppins" film and was said to have cried after seeing the film for the first time, according to the New Yorker.
P.L. Travers' estate allowed the sequel to be made.
After her death, Traver's estate granted Disney the rights to produce a "Mary Poppins" sequel, but under the stipulation that they treat it "carefully," according to Entertainment Weekly.
Dick Van Dyke was criticized for his accent.
Several decades after the release of the film, star Dick Van Dyke told the Guardian he was sorry for his "atrocious cockney accent."
Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice starred on screen together multiple times.
Starring as brother and sister in "Mary Poppins" was not the first or last time Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice worked together. They first starred alongside each other in "The Three Lives of Thomasina" and would work together for the last time in "The Gnome-Mobile" in 1967.
The "Supercalifragilistic" scene was shot so many times that the kids got sick of eating the toffee apples.
In an interview with the Guardian, Karen Dotrice, who played Jane Banks, said, "There were so many retakes of the Supercalifragilistic scene that we got sick of the toffee apples we were supposed to be eating."
The songs took two and a half years to write.
"Bob and I spent two and a half years writing 34 songs, many for sequences that were never used, since we didn't have a final script to work to — two writers had tried but failed to please Walt," composer and songwriter Richard Sherman told The Guardian.
The song "Spoonful of Sugar" was inspired by Robert Sherman's son.
After receiving the polio vaccine, Sherman's son told his father he was given a lump of sugar on a spoon, and the famed song quickly followed, according to Song Facts.
The stage where "Mary Poppins" was filmed was named after Julie Andrews.
Composer and songwriter Richard Sherman cried when he heard "Spoonful of Sugar."
Richard Sherman got emotional over Julie Andrews' rendition of his song.
"The best moment came when I first heard Julie Andrews singing "A Spoonful of Sugar." I was crying because she was articulating the whole essence of the movie — which was about the power of love," he told The Guardian.
Richard Sherman's favorite project was "Mary Poppins."
Despite creating the incredibly popular "It's a Small World," when asked what his favorite project was, Richard Sherman told BMI, "It has to be 'Mary Poppins.' 'Mary Poppins' was our magnum opus."
Bert was not in the original books.
The character of Bert, who was played by Dick Van Dyke, was not in the original "Mary Poppins" novels. Instead, this character was created for the movie as "an amalgamation of several of Mary Poppins' friends from the books," according to IMDB.
Dick Van Dyke was hired because Walt Disney agreed with his opinions on family entertainment.
In an interview with CNN, Dick Van Dyke said, "Well, I thought he hired me because I was such a great singer and dancer. As it turns out, he had heard me in an interview talking about what was happening to family entertainment. I was decrying the fact that it seemed like no holds were barred anymore in entertainment. … He knew about the 'Van Dyke Show,' about our little sitcom, but that's why he called me in, because I said something he agreed with. And I got the part."
David Tomlinson voiced Mary Poppins' parrot umbrella.
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