December 10, 2013
Walt Disney Home Video
- Runtime: 139 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
Oscar-winning Disney musical about Mary Poppins, a British nanny with magical powers. She arrives at the home of the Banks family, and with her magical abilities transforms the lives of the entire clan. Mary's strongest influence is over the Banks' children, whom she introduces to a world of fantasy. Film features many classic songs, among them "Chim Chim Cheree." and "Supercalifragilisticexplialidocious."
A magical, musical nanny brings a breath of fresh air into the stuffy Banks household in turn-of-the-century England. Overstuffed with gaiety, this children's fantasy is filled to the brim with wonderful dance numbers and outrageous songs (such as the seemingly unpronounceable "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"). The film's seamless blending of live-action with animation was a marvel in its day. This is Andrews' film debut and Darwell's last film appearance. Academy Award Nominations: 13, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: 5, including Best Actress--Julie Andrews, Best (Original) Score, Best Song ("Chim Chim Cher-ee"), Best Editing, Best Special Visual Effects.
Film debut for Julie Andrews, who won an Academy Award for her performance.
Author, P.L. Travers, served as a consultant on the film.
Additional cast: James Logan, Alma Lawton, and Marjorie Eaton.
Additional credits: Dean Thomas (sound mixer), Pat McNalley (makeup); LaRue Matheron (hairstylist); Bill Justice & Xavier Atencio (nursery sequence designers); Hal Ambro (animator); Al Dempster, Art Riley, and Bill Layne (background artists), Nat Farber (dance accompanist).