Mary Poppins

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Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Logo.jpg
Official logo of the 1964 film
Created byP. L. Travers
Original workMary Poppins (1934)
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company
Print publications
Book(s)List of books (1934-1988)
Novel(s)Mary Poppins Opens the Door (1943)
Films and television
Television series
Theatrical presentations
Musical(s)Mary Poppins (2004)
Radio program(s)"Mary Poppins" (The Saturday Play) (2010)
Original musicDuke Ellington Plays Mary Poppins (1965)

Mary Poppins is a fantasy media franchise created by P. L. Travers, originating with the Mary Poppins series of children's books.


  • Mary Poppins (1934)
  • Mary Poppins Comes Back (1935)
  • Mary Poppins Opens the Door (1943)
  • Mary Poppins in the Park (1952)
  • Mary Poppins From A to Z (1962)
  • Mary Poppins in the Kitchen (1975)
  • Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane (1982)
  • Mary Poppins and the House Next Door (1988)


Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by
August 27,

P. L.
December 19,
Mary Poppins
Directed byRobert Stevenson
Produced byWalt Disney
Screenplay by
Based onMary Poppins
by P. L. Travers
Music by
CinematographyEdward Colman
Edited byCotton Warburton
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
CountryUnited States

Mary Poppins (1964)[edit]

Screenshot of Julie Andrews from the trailer for the film Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins was made into a film based on the first four books in the series by Walt Disney Productions in 1964. According to the 40th anniversary DVD release of the film in 2004, Walt Disney first attempted to purchase the film rights to Mary Poppins from P. L. Travers as early as 1938, but was rebuffed because Travers did not believe a film version of her books would do justice to her creation and did not want an animated cartoon based on it. The books had been a favourite of Disney's daughters when they were children, and he finally succeeded in purchasing the rights in 1961, although Travers demanded and got script approval rights.

The relationship between Travers and Disney is detailed in Mary Poppins She Wrote, a biography of Travers, by Valerie Lawson, published by Aurum Press in the United Kingdom. The relationship is also the subject of the 2013 Disney film Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson as Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.

The process of planning the film and composing the songs took about two years. Songs in the film are by the Sherman Brothers. Mary Poppins is played by British actress Julie Andrews. Disney cast Dick Van Dyke in the key supporting role of Bert, while Banks children were played by Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber. George and Winifred Banks were played by David Tomlinson and Glynis Johns. The film features a mix of adventures and episodes taken from each of the existing novels, and new events created for it. In notable differences from the original novels, the film does not include the characters John, Barbara, or Annabel Banks, and has Mary Poppins herself characterised as noticeably kinder.[1]

The film received widespread acclaim from critics and audiences, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture with Julie Andrews winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Mary Poppins. The film won an additional four Oscars for Best Original Song ("Chim Chim Cher-ee"), Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Score. The movie takes place in the year 1910.

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)[edit]

Saving Mr. Banks is a biographical drama film about the making of the 1964 Disney film.

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)[edit]

On 14 September 2015, Disney announced a new Mary Poppins film was to be made, with a new plot and new songs, although in P. L. Travers' final will, another movie version was not to be made according to her wishes. The film is directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. Songs are composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who both received support from Richard Sherman, who, along with his late brother-collaborator Robert Sherman, wrote the iconic song score of the original Mary Poppins film. The film is not a reboot or remake of the original 1964 film; in this film Mary Poppins revisits the now-adult Banks children from the first film and takes charge of the three children of Michael Banks. It is loosely based on the other seven Mary Poppins books by Travers and expands beyond them. Emily Blunt stars as Mary Poppins,[2] alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in the role of Jack,[3] a similar character to Dick Van Dyke's "Bert" from the first film.[4] It was announced on 31 May 2016 that the film would be titled Mary Poppins Returns and would take place in Great Depression-era London, 25 years after the events of the original film.[5] Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw play grown-up Jane and Michael Banks.[6] The release date was December 19, 2018 in the US and the UK.[7]


Studio One[edit]

The character was first brought to life in an early television play telecast live in 1949 by CBS television, as part of their anthology series Studio One. She was played by character actress Mary Wickes. E.G. Marshall portrayed Mr. Banks and future Lassie child star Tommy Rettig played Michael. David Opatoshu played Bert, who was a Match Man (a seller of matches) in this version.

Mary Poppins, Goodbye (1983)[edit]

In 1983, the story was adapted by the Soviet Union's Mosfilm studios into the Russian-language TV musical film Mary Poppins, Goodbye, starring Natalya Andreychenko (acting) and Tatyana Voronina (singing) as Mary Poppins, Albert Filozov as George Banks, and Oleg Tabakov as Miss Andrew.

Cast members[edit]

Character Studio One Mary Poppins Mary Poppins, Goodbye Mary Poppins Mary Poppins Mary Poppins Mary Poppins Returns
1949 1964 1983 2004 2006 2018
Mary Poppins Mary Wickes Julie Andrews Natalya Andrejchenko Juliet Stevenson Laura Michelle Kelly Ashley Brown Emily Blunt
Bert David Opatoshu Dick Van Dyke Gavin Lee
Jane Banks Iris Mann Karen Dotrice Anna Plisetskaya Sophie Stuckey Nicola Bowman
Carrie Fletcher
Poppy Lee Friar
Charlotte Spencer
Faye Spittlehouse
Katherine Doherty
Delaney Moro
Kathryn Faughnan
Emily Mortimer
Michael Banks Tommy Rettig Matthew Garber Filipp Rukavishnikov Jonathan Bee Jake Catterall
Perry Millward
Jack Montgomery
Harry Stott
Ben Watton
Matthew Gumley
Henry Hodges
Alexander Scheitinger
Ben Whishaw
George Banks E.G. Marshall David Tomlinson Albert Filozov David Timson David Haig Daniel H. Jenkins
Winifred Banks Valerie Cossart Glynis Johns Larisa Udovichenko Deborah Berlin Linzi Hateley Rebecca Luker
Admiral Boom Reginald Owen Zinovi Gerdt Ian Burford Michael McCarty David Warner
Miss Lark Marjorie Bennett Irina Skobtseva Claire Machin Ann Arvia Sudha Bhuchar
Mrs. Brill Reta Shaw Jenny Galloway Jane Carr
Ellen Hermione Baddeley Julie Walters
Robertson Ay Lembit Ulfsak Gerard Carey Mark Price
Bird Woman Jane Darwell Julia Sutton Cass Morgan
Mrs. Corry Alma Lawton Marina Nudga Phyllida Law Melanie La Barrie Janelle Anne Robinson
Bank chairman Dick Van Dyke
(Dawes Sr.)
Ian Murford Michael McCarty Colin Firth
(William Weatherall Wilkins)
Dawes Jr Arthur Malet Dick Van Dyke
Miss Andrew Oleg Tabakov Rosemary Ashe Ruth Gottschall
Park Keeper Igor Yasulovich Kevin Williams Nick Corley
Uncle Albert Wigg Ed Wynn
Katie Nana Elsa Lanchester Phyllida Law Louisa Shaw Megan Osterhaus
Mr. Binnacle Don Barclay Jim Norton
Neleus Viktor Kārkliņš Stuart Neal Brian Letendre
Constable Arthur Treacher Eduard Levin Tim Morgan James Hindman
Jack Lin-Manuel Miranda
Balloon Woman Cameo Angela Lansbury
Topsy Phyllida Law Meryl Streep
Arthur Turvy Andrew Sachs


Mary Poppins (2004)[edit]


Author P. L. Travers resisted selling the stage rights to the Mary Poppins stories for many years, as a result of her dislike of the 1964 film version, and her perception of being treated discourteously by Walt Disney at the film's premiere.[8]

After the 1980 Picketwire stage production in La Junta, Colorado, Travers eventually sold the stage rights to London theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh. She acquiesced on the condition (expressed in her will) that only English-born writers – and no Americans, particularly anyone involved with the film production – were to be directly involved in the creative process of the stage musical.[9] Despite her deep seated antipathy for the film, Travers eventually acquiesced to Mackintosh's insistence that the stage production be allowed to utilize the iconic Sherman Brothers' songs from the 1964 film.[10]

The world premiere of the stage adaptation of Mary Poppins took place at the Bristol Hippodrome in the United Kingdom in September 2004. The production then moved to the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End on 15 December 2004, where it ran for three years before closing in January 2008. The show transferred to a UK national tour, and a number of international versions were staged, including a long Broadway run in New York City.


The Saturday Play[edit]

On 31 May 2010 BBC Radio 7 broadcast a one-hour dramatisation combining several of the adventures into one drama, starring Juliet Stevenson as Mary Poppins.[11] This production has been rebroadcast several times on BBC Radio 4 Extra.


Title U.S. release date Length Composer(s) Label
Mary Poppins: Original Cast Soundtrack 1964 TBA Irwin Kostal Buena Vista
Duke Ellington Plays Mary Poppins 1965 TBA Duke Ellington Reprise
Saving Mr. Banks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack December 10, 2013 TBA Thomas Newman Walt Disney
Mary Poppins Returns: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack December 7, 2018 TBA Marc Shaiman

Anniversary celebrations[edit]

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of P. L. Travers living in Bowral, an attempt was made to break the world record for the world's largest umbrella mosaic on Bradman Oval, Bowral, at 2:06 pm on 7 May 2011. The event was organised by the Southern Highlands Youth Arts Council.[12] The record was achieved, with 2115 people.[13] An aerial photograph was taken by helicopter.[14]

2012 Olympics celebration of British children's literature[edit]

Mary Poppins featured in a celebration of British children's literature during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.[15] In a sequence called "Second to the right and straight on till morning", over thirty Mary Poppins descended with umbrellas to fight and defeat the villains Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, and Lord Voldemort, who were haunting children's dreams.[16]

Use During the World Tribology Congress 2017[edit]

The silhouette of Mary Poppins with an umbrella was used on the cover of the special issue of the journal Friction, dedicated to the 6th World Tribology Congress in Beijing. It shows the process of detachment of an adhesive contact made in the form of a flat punch in the character's shape.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anita Singh (10 April 2012). "Story of how Mary Poppins author regretted selling rights to Disney to be turned into film". The Telegraph. London.
  2. ^ Kit, Borys (18 February 2016). "Emily Blunt in Talks to Star in Disney's 'Mary Poppins' Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. ^ Lang, Brent (25 April 2016). "Disney Claims Dates for Several New Movies; Confirms 'Jungle Book 2,' 'Mary Poppins' Sequel". Variety. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (24 February 2016). "'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda in Talks for 'Mary Poppins' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Disney's Mary Poppins sequel to get Christmas Day debut". BBC. 1 June 2016.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (6 October 2016). "Emily Mortimer Joins Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns' (EXCLUSIVE)".
  7. ^ Pedersen, Erik (31 May 2016). "'Mary Poppins' Sequel Gets Title & Release Date From Disney". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  8. ^ Hughes, Kathryn (6 October 2013). "Review: Mary Poppins She Wrote by Valerie Lawson". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  9. ^ Saunders, Alan (18 September 2013). "Something about Mary – PL Travers and Mary Poppins". The Monthly. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  10. ^ Lacher, Irene (November 8, 2009). "Helping 'Mary Poppins' In A Most Delightful Way". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  11. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra – PL Travers – Mary Poppins". BBC. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Mary Poppins World Record Attempt". AU: SHYAC. Archived from the original on 21 August 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  13. ^ "World's Largest Umbrella Mosaic". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Mary Poppins Birthplace". Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  15. ^ Adams, Ryan (27 July 2012). "Danny Boyle's intro on Olympics programme". Awards Daily. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  16. ^ Bell, Crystal (27 July 2012). "London Olympics: Voldemort, Mary Poppins Have An Epic Duel". HuffPost. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  17. ^ Popov, Valentin L.; Pohrt, Roman; Li, Qiang (6 September 2017). "Strength of adhesive contacts: Influence of contact geometry and material gradients". Friction. 5 (3): 308–325. doi:10.1007/s40544-017-0177-3.

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