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. Gold Collection Edition features "Hollywood Goes to a World Premiere."
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Special Visual Effects - Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Actress - Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing - Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Original Score - Winner
1964 - Academy Awards - Best Original Song - Winner
Main Cast & Crew:
Robert Stevenson - Director
Dick Van Dyke
- Format: DVD (50th Anniversary Edition)
- Run Time: 140
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 786936836134
- Genre: Musical
- Rating: G (MPAA)
- Release Date: July 2000
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."
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).
"[T]he Poppins character was played to comely perfection by squeaky-clean Andrews, who won an Oscar." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.64
"[Andrews] openmouthed, eyebrow-cocked expressions became perfect embodiments of Mary's cheeky charm." - 12/17/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.66-7
"Mixing real-life action with animation to charming effect, it is still Julie Andrew's iconic performance that remains this film's cheeriest pleasure..." - 03/01/2008 Empire, p.116
"McLeod ably employs Kaye, whose shambling decency and sense of pride allow him to triumph belatedly over the bullies and prigs who dominate his life." - 12/19/2014 New York Times