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Mary Poppins- The Family Movie that is Practically Perfect in Every Way

Updated on December 4, 2013

Mary Poppins is a movie that "Practically Perfect In Every Way" just like Mary tells the young children when she first meets them.

It is an intelligent movie, it is a funny movie, it has rousing songs, it is simple, it is heartwarming. Yes, it is practically perfect. How else could you describe this wonderful classic?

It is clear that the public and the critics agreed with my thoughts on how practically perfect this movie really was. It received 13 Academy Award nominations, winning quite a few, and has been the most lauded, watched and well received of any Disney Movie. For a movie production company like Disney, that makes quite a few popular and well respected films, that is really saying something!

What is Mary Poppins about?

I am sure you have probably seen Mary Poppins. What type of horrible childhood must you have lead to never have witness the magic of this wonderful and magical nanny.

The story of Mary Poppins is a simple one. Mary Poppins magically arrives in 1910 London to become the nanny of the mischievous Banks children. She may not be what the father desires in a nanny, but she is absolutely what the family needs.

What follows is a series of adventures for the children, where they actually learn and grow. She makes housework fun and enjoyable. They have adventures with a singing chimney sweep. Ultimately Mary Poppins ends up being just what the family needs to become a closer unit.

Truly a heartwarming story, with some great and memorable songs. It transcends generations. It is just as wholesome, fun and enjoyable for kids today as it was in 1964. That is not an easy task either, since many good films seem "dated" by most modern standards.

The Story Behind the Story

The movie "Mary Poppins" is based on a series of books written by PL Travers. The first book was written in 1934 and the last in 1988. A very long run for any series of books by any measure.

At the time the Disney classic movie was made, there were 5 books in the series. In the 24 years following the famous film, PL Travers wrote 3 more in this series.

The first three books deal with the comings and goings of the famous magical nanny. Subsequent novels all deal with previously undisclosed adventures the children had with the nanny between these 3 meetings.

The books were a huge success in their time and Walt Disney wanted to make a movie of this story for a long time. PL Travers fought against this for years, not wanting Mary Poppins turned into a cartoon. She ultimately relented (obviously) but was able to maintain a degree of control over the process, sparking more clashes with Disney and company during the production of this movie.

This entire drama is the basis for the upcoming, "Saving Mr. Banks" movie. Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson as Walt Disney and PL Travers.

Yes, this movie is good. It is a must see family movie that is heartwarming and enoyable. You see, it is not only "practically perfect", it actually goes beyond that. It is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

This film is 50 year old now, and still a must have family movie. Don't have a copy, click the Buy it Now button and get your own special edition copy to enjoy with your family for the NEXT 50 years

Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers
Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers

The Story of PL Travers is almost as magical and exciting as the story of her most famous creation, Mary Poppins

 
Mary Poppins: The Live Cast Recording
Mary Poppins: The Live Cast Recording

Listen to the Broadway musical version of the ever popular, "Mary Poppins"

 

Is Mary Poppins really "practically perfect in every way" take a gander at a scene from the 1964 movie where she shows her perfection. OR take a listen to the song, "Practically Perfect in Every Way" from the broadway musical

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