Returning to Cherry Tree Lane
Put a note on your calendar. December 19th is the release date of the brand new film Mary Poppins Returns.
The very first movie I remember seeing was Mary Poppins way back in 1964. I was six. My mother and I walked from our home to the local movie house and spent a magical couple of hours watching penguins, chalk pictures, tea parties on the ceiling and this nanny…this nanny who turned everything upside down only to turn it right side up again.
It was my first experience not only with Disney magic, but with movie magic. It set the stage for a lifetime love of film, music, musicals, dance and tons of other connected arts.
For those who don’t know, Mary Poppins was the creation of author P. L. Travers who went on to create eight volumes of Poppins stories from 1934 until 1988. Wikipedia has an interesting collection of information here.
Walt Disney obtained the film rights for Mary Poppins and set about creating the movie version that won several Oscars and huge box office returns.
By the way, if you want to see a rather interesting film that tells the story of the acquisition of the rights to the book and the backstory of Ms. Travers, see Saving Mr. Banks. It will give you an insight and impression on two very formidable personalities.
There were stage versions of the story, along with rumored adaptations of other books and a remake.
The amazing Emily Blunt will be playing Poppins. I won’t go into the rest of the stellar cast. If you are inclined, check out imdb.com here: Mary Poppins Returns. The cast list is one to make your mouth water.
If you are inclined, take a step on the wild side and pick up the books. You will find a slightly (?) different version of Poppins. Travers’ creation is a bit more … Poppins than we were introduced to in the movie. None the less, well worth the read.
I heard a comment the other day that made me stop in my tracks. The com-mentor said that they had no idea they needed Mary Poppins until they found she was returning.
In this day and age, with all the stress and angst, perhaps it is the perfect time for the nanny to return to take care of the children by taking care of the adults.
(This will make a lot more sense to you if you’ve done your home work.)
In the meantime, I’m digging out my DVD version, looking for the soundtrack and contemplating parrot umbrellas and dancing penguins.
She’s on her way…