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Mary Poppins [Import]


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There is only one word that comes close to accurately describing the enchanting Mary Poppins, and that term was coined by the movie itself: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even at 2 hours and 20 minutes, Disney's pioneering mixture of live action and animation (based on the books by P.L. Travers) still holds kids spellbound. Julie Andrews won an Oscar as the world's most magically idealized nanny ("practically perfect in every way," and complete with lighter-than-air umbrella), and Dick Van Dyke is her clownishly charming beau, Bert the chimney sweep. The songs are also terrific, ranging from bright and cheery ("A Spoonful of Sugar") to dark and cheery (the Oscar-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee") to touchingly melancholy ("Feed the Birds"). Many consider Mary Poppins to be the crowning achievement of Walt Disney's career--and it was the only one of his features to be nominated for a best picture Academy Award until Beauty and the Beast in 1991. --Jim Emerson

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
FANTASTIC FANTASY Jan. 7 2000
By R. Penola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
To date, it is hard to think of a movie that integrated story, character, musical numbers, animation and live action as enchantingly as Mary Poppins. For children, no other movie provides the sheer exuberance or delightfully conveyed good messages. For adults, there is a Puff The Magic Dragon theme throughout that comes over you when you watch it as a grown-up; I think it is that twist of sadness and of time passing by that keeps Mary Poppins on the top of the list. Julie Andrews is arch perfection in a role she plays with no sentiment at all; her Mary is as spit-spot and no-nonsense as in the books; and again, it is that air of authenticity that wins you over -- completely. Dick Van Dyke displays his many affable talents here in spades, and the children are absolutely adorable. The London locations are a dream come true, and provide a visual backdrop for the adventures at hand that keeps unfolding with wit and creativity. Though the final scenes in the bank do drag on a bit, this movie is whisked along by some of the Sherman Brothers' best music, which conveys not only spirited fun and frivolity, but also sweet melancholy -- Chim Chim Cheree creeps up on you by surprise, and at its conclusion you are moved to a place of wistfulness. Joyful and enduring.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
It's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! May 3 2000
By Allen Smalling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
With the possible exception of "Fantasia," "Mary Poppins" has to be Walt Disney's triumph. The story of the no-nonsense nanny with the sparkle of magic has not aged a bit in the 25-plus years since its initial release and remains a wonderful blend of music, magic, wonder and whimsy that the whole family can enjoy.
Julie Andrews is simply marvelous as is her supporting cast: Dick Van Dyke as Bert; Glynis Johns as Mrs. Banks; David Tomlinson as Mr. Banks; not to mention Ed Wynn as Mary's laughing uncle.
Modern attention spans being what they are, and since this IS a standard-length movie and not a video, I wouldn't introduce this film to very small children. Give them a few years until they can appreciate the witty lyrics and the plot. But "Mary Poppins" certainly deserves a home on every family's video shelf.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What a fantasy to share with my little girl! Feb. 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
I fell in love all over again with Mary, Burt, the Constable, Admiral Boom and Uncle Albert. My three-year old insists on watching it at least once a day, and I watch it with her--it never wears thin. Like a good cult film, I see or catch something new every time I rewatch it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A magically wonderful movie! July 21 2000
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
I loved this movie so much that I was inspired to go and read the book by P.L. Travers. Julie Andrews was born for the role!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An Enchanting Film for All Age Groups. Oct. 22 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
The Crowning Achievment in the careers of Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and Walt Disney. This stunning musical is full of great songs (my favorite being "Chim Chim Cheree"),and a story that is not only enjoyable, but brings us an importent point about the needs of children and the evils of child neglect. Another thing I love about this movie is the large amount of celebrity cameos. Everyone from Ed Wynn, to Arthur Treacher, to Jane Darwell (Ma Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath"), to Reginald Owen. A movie for the whole family, and in many cases, a life altering experience. Good to use as your child's first movie.


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