Mary Poppins Returns Movie Review & Coloring Sheets
I have been waiting impatiently since Disney announced this sequel to the classic film, Mary Poppins, and I am so excited to say that it is now in theaters. The wait is over and I can’t wait to head on out to see this film with my family during our Holiday Break. This new film is sure to be a classic like the original because Disney has created a new story featuring our beloved nanny, Mary Poppins. We sent two of our reviewers to see the film and they have enthusiastically given this film their seal of approval. Check out some fun movie details below and make sure to get your free, printable coloring pages below.
The movie is full of new music and magic as we watch Mary Poppins come back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
This movie reminds us to prioritize what is important and not forget our family in our daily duties. Children of all ages will be delighted with the magical whimsy in which Emily Blunt portrays the classic, Mary Poppins character. While adults will not be let down by her portrayal of this iconic figure.
Extraordinary care was taken for the creation of this film and a total of eight soundstages at Shepperton Studios were used to build and house the astounding practical sets, including those for: Cherry Tree Lane, Topsy’s Fix-It Shop, the top of the tower and the clock of Big Ben and the interiors of the Banks’ home (the nursery, entry stairway, study, kitchen, living room, bathroom and attic). The Cherry Tree Lane set on H Stage was the largest, taking 18 weeks to complete.
The set for cousin Topsy’s Fix It Shop constructed on C Stage, which took seven months to build,was the most difficult and time consuming for the props department to complete. Because the shop is turned upside down when Mary Poppins and the Banks’ children come to visit, each of the more than 538 props used for set decoration had to be hollowed out and secured with bolts and screws to hold in place.
The abandoned park set built on A Stage which was used to film portions of the film’s biggest song and dance number, “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” took 26 weeks to complete. The set featured five levels, a fountain, a bridge, a greenhouse and multiple stunt ramps. Included in this scene are 21 dancing lamplighters, four stunt lamplighters, eight lamplighters on bicycles and 18 ladders, 16 bicycles, 25 hybrid gas lampposts, 28 dancer lampposts.
Some other fun facts you might be interested in knowing about this astounding film include the following:
- Production designer John Myhre hid six Mickey Mouse “Easter eggs” (outlines of the distinct ears and head of Mickey Mouse) on the abandoned park set.
- The tail of the kite with which Mary Poppins arrives in “Mary Poppins Returns,” is the actual suffragette sash worn by Mrs. Banks (Glynnis Johns) in the first film.
- The white marble-topped table in the entryway of the Banks’ home is from the first film and currently resides at Club 33, Disney’s members-only club in New Orleans Square at the Disneyland Resort.
- Photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Banks (David Tomlinson and Glynnis Johns) are displayed on the fireplace mantel in the Banks’ home.
- Gille, Georgie Banks’ toy giraffe, is named after director/producer Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca’s beloved dog.
- Reproductions of several toys from the nursery in the Banks’ home in the first film are visible in the Banks’ attic in “Mary Poppins Returns,” including a St. Paul’s snow globe, a jack-in-the-box and wooden blocks that spell out Mary Poppins.
- 100 BMX bicycles were purchased by the production for use during principal photography. Each bike was re-painted and aged as appropriate.
- Costume designer Sandy Powell and her department created 448 original costumes for the film, all of which were authentic to 1930s London.
- Each costume worn by Emily Blunt features a bow at the neck of the blouse. The bows, which vary in color and size, are a nod to Tony Walton’s work in the first film.
The amount of work that has went into the creation of this film is amazing and shows how much care that Disney gave to its production. There were approximately 70 animators (ranging in age from the late ‘20s to the late ‘60s) worked on the animated sequences in the film, some even coming out of retirement just to work on the sequel to such a beloved title.
All the animation in “Mary Poppins Returns” is two dimensional and hand-drawn/hand-painted, just as it was in the first film.
If all of this doesn’t get you excited to see the film, check out these special clips and make plans to see Mary Poppins Returns with your family and friends.
Here is the full movie trailer if you have not seen it yet.
Can’t get enough of these incredible looks at the film before you see it? Then you will love these character posters created for the release.
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