AFI Movie Club: MARY POPPINS
MARY POPPINS appears on two of AFI’s lists of the greatest America films – ranking #6 on AFI’S GREATEST MOVIE MUSICALS and #36 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs, with “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Julie Andrews will be the 48th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.
Watch Julie Andrew talk about the “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical number in this exclusive video from the AFI Archive:
Movie Trivia About MARY POPPINS
DID YOU KNOW? MARY POPPINS won the Oscar® for Best Visual Effects.
DID YOU KNOW? Disney used a new technology called sodium vapor process to film on a yellow screen that was later combined with animation. The yellow hue of the backdrop was less limiting than the blue screen technology available at the time – and eventually evolved into the green screen technology used today.
DID YOU KNOW? Julie Andrews won an Academy Award® for her “practically perfect in every way” performance as Mary Poppins. It was her very first starring theatrical role.
DID YOU KNOW? The film earned a whopping 13 Oscar® nominations – a record for a Disney film at the time.
DID YOU KNOW? Co-star Dick Van Dyke was already a household name when he appeared in MARY POPPINS. For three years before the movie came out (and two after), he starred in his own sitcom – THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW.
DID YOU KNOW? Julie Andrews’ husband at the time, Tony Walton, designed costumes for the film. Andrews credits him with helping her find the character of Poppins through details in her clothing like a bright bowtie and a crimson lining under an otherwise “serious” coat.
DID YOU KNOW? “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” backwards is “dociousaliexpisticfragicalirupus.” The “nonsense word” was broken up by syllables and then reversed to achieve its fun pronunciation in the song written by the Sherman Brothers.
DID YOU KNOW? This film was adapted from of book by P.L. Travers. In fact, there are a total of eight books in the “Mary Poppins” series.
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The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions
-How old were you the first time you saw MARY POPPINS?
-What do you remember about seeing it for the first time?
-Do you have a favorite song from MARY POPPINS? What is it?
-There are some sad scenes and songs in MARY POPPINS in addition to her whimsical magic. What do you think these scenes add to the movie?
-Why do you think it was so important for the Banks children to learn about feeding the birds – and to notice the woman who was selling feed for “tuppence a bag?”
-Mrs. Banks is a suffragette. Do you know what that means?
-What is it about Mary Poppins that makes her such a good governess?
-Why do you think MARY POPPINS is still so beloved after more than 80 years?
-How would you rate MARY POPPINS?
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