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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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I'm still reading the novelization. In fact, I just ended reading that chapter before writing that post. So far, what I know is Michael owes money to the bank because he took a huge loan out when his wife got sick. Michael and Jane are trying to find a certificate of the shares their father left them to pay the debt.


Oh okay, so basically Wilkins is just doing his job but doing it in a negative way that would make him out as a very shallow person/villain. Interesting.

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Thanks for the info, Old Fish Tale, but I haven't read it because I actually didn't want to know it yet. I was just curious about those scenes, but I prefer to save some surprises for the theater.

New promos:
https://twitter.com/ElCapitanThtre/stat ... 0362855424
https://twitter.com/DisneyChannel/statu ... 7475863553
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrN73ZGBmhV/
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Interviews:
Mary Poppins Returns Paris Press conference
Sandy Powell on costuming for Mary Poppins Returns and The Favourite

And articles:
Emily Blunt: Mary Poppins “Was Such a Delicious Character to Play”
Lin-Manuel Miranda Loves The Weird Tricks He Learned On Mary Poppins Returns
‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Songwriters on Facing the Pressure of Following a Classic
‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Designing a Depression-Era London ‘Dipped in Reality’
Behind the scenes: Mary Poppins Returns

Also, the film has been nominated for 9 Critics' Choice Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress (Emily Blunt), Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Actress in a Comedy (Emily Blunt again), Best Song ("The Place Where Lost Things Go" and "Trip a Little Light Fantastic") and Best Score.


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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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I just saw Mary Poppins Returns!!! It was so good! I had a smile on my face the whole time, and I'll go see it again when it's officially released next week. It was like seeing a big budget musical made in the 1960s. There are even a couple of nods to The Sound of Music. The only disappointment is that Julie Andrews wasn't in it. She should've just done the film. It's obvious that the Balloon Lady role was written with her in mind.

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PS I’ve read Karen Dotrice, the original Jane Banks, makes a cameo in the film. Does anyone know what part she plays? Is it a fleshed out character or just a mere quick bit? A part of me really hopes she plays Winifred Banks.


Yep, she's in it. She plays a lady looking for directions on Cherry Tree Lane. It's a very small cameo. If you blink, you'll miss it.

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The footage from that one TV Spot, the one where Annabel and John are having some kind of carriage chase in the animated world but darker and scarier to save Georgie seems to be where the score track "Rescuing Georgie comes from, boy howdy is that going to be big nightmare fuel for everyone.


Yep! That is indeed Rescuing Georgie :)

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I'm still reading the novelization. In fact, I just ended reading that chapter before writing that post. So far, what I know is Michael owes money to the bank because he took a huge loan out when his wife got sick. Michael and Jane are trying to find a certificate of the shares their father left them to pay the debt.


Oh okay, so basically Wilkins is just doing his job but doing it in a negative way that would make him out as a very shallow person/villain. Interesting.


His motivation is greed. He takes advantage of the great slump by repossessing people's homes, and he makes more money that way.


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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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Glad to hear you really liked it tsom. It's too bad that Wilkins motivation is basic greed and that we need an obvious villain in a Mary Poppins sequel where I don't think it needs one. Yet personally, I can see why Wilkins needs to exist so that the story doesn't repeat the first film's plot and to have higher stakes; I only hope that it ultimately works in context of the movie.

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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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tsom, thank you so much for answering my question, my friend! I am so glad you liked it.

Second question: during Turning Turtle— there is a line “Perhaps if you all lend a hand” which sounds a bit like Angela Lansbury to me, but it could be Meryl and I don’t recognize it because of the character voice. But it really sounds like Lansbury to me. Am I right?

Third question: any mention of George and Winifred Banks? Are we to assume they are dead, or is actually mentioned in the film? As I grown older, David Tomlinson’s Mr. Banks has really warmed to my heart. If they are dead, it’s very sad to me that the Banks has such limited time left with their children at the end of the original— 20 some years of less, I think? But I suppose that would almost strengthen the message of both films. I really appreciate that they’ve named the (youngest?) boy Georgie. Adorable.

And I totally hear The Sound of Music nods, too. When the overture begins, I see images of Salzburg in my head. That has to be deliberate, I think. As was the movie poster, which is very 60’s musical-style. Even some of the musical numbers like “The Cover is Not the Book,” are a little less “Poppins” and a little more “Oliver!,” another great sixties musical. All very fitting choices, I think, which illustrate how much care they’ve put into this production. I’m so very excited to see this film.

I think it will do gang busters at the box office, but I hope they let the franchise rest a bit. Give us another 10-25 years (at least) before revisiting Mary, with different actors in the lead roles again. Please, please, please Disney keep her special.

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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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Q: Will there be another sequel?

Rob Marshall: Another sequel? Will there be a Marry Poppins 3? I don't know. I mean...There's a lot of material in those books. A lot of material in those books. And you know, there is no narrative to them so that was something that was completely created. So that would be the big challenge. Where do we go? You know? As Emily said so beautifully, she's enigmatic so what you really don't want to do is go to the backstory of how she became Mary Poppins.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm4ioTb28v4

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Q: Will there be a sequel?

Rob Marshall: Well, I don't know. I will say there is a lot of great material there. There really is. I mean, there are 8 books. There's beautiful characters, fabulous adventures... P. L. Travers wrote until she was, I think, in her 80s. And so, it's all there. I hope it's not another 54 years for the next one.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66r9VjZBNOQ

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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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New clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulIxCSs-ISM

Regarding the possibility of another continuation, Rob and Emily also talked about it in this article:

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With the seal now unbroken, and the sacrosanctity of the ’64 film unviolated by its sequel, could this be the start of more Poppins screen adventures? The source material is not unlike that which fuels the James Bond movie franchise: a stack of lively books by an ornery British author concerning an iconic British character who neither grows old nor dies. So would the applicable parties be amenable to a return after Mary Poppins Returns?

Marshall, for now, is eager just to get the film out. “But I do know,” he adds, “that there’s a lot of material there and it’s very rich with all kinds of adventures and ideas. It’s certainly ripe for the picking.”

Blunt doesn’t hedge for a moment. “Oh, I would pay Rob to do it again with me. Yeah, I would. Definitely,” she says. “More stories left to tell.” There always are for superheroes.


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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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After hearing the songs, I think they are just brilliant ! You can ABSOLUTELY tell they are from the Mary Poppins universe, and they don't stand out of place with them at all. Settle in beautifully.

Emily is wonderful as Mary; sharp, funny, sarcastic, warm ... just brilliant. Personal highlights are 'Can You Imagine That', 'The Cover Is Not The Book', 'Where The Lost Things Go'... and randomly, 'Turning Turtle' ! Laughed out loud at it when I first heard it, honestly.

It was a bit of a shock when she went full on cockney in 'TCINTB' but I can see exactly why, its a Vaudeville style, jukebox song that would have been playing in the theatres of old in England. That's what they were going for, and it totally get's that !

I am SO EXCITED for this film, I can't even begin to explain. I truly hope Emily isn't trumped at all the awards shows by Gaga as this is a joyful, hopeful Disney film as opposed to a dark drama with a pop star turned actress. Emily has paid her dues, and it would be wonderful if this was her award winner !


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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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The review embargo has been lifted. The reviews are good, but not as great as it seemed they would be from the early reactions and all the awards. One of the main criticisms seems to be that it's too similar to the original movie.

And as many of you have probably heard already, Emily Blunt has been nominated at the SAG Awards. And not just for Mary Poppins Returns, but also for A Quiet Place in the supporting actress category.


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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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The Disney awards website posted the entire score you can listen to for free. Unfortunately it's no longer possible to download the mp3 files playing in the page. (I was a able to download the Incredibles 2 score while it lasted some 10 days ago).

https://www.waltdisneystudiosawards.com ... urns/score

If anyone knows of any workaround to download the music files, it would be very much appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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^Thanks for letting us know, geniuswalt! I don't know how to download the files, but if I find a way to do it, I'll let you know.

Featurette about Meryl Streep's character:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqjAaNry7NA

London Premiere video:
https://www.facebook.com/DisneyUK/video ... =3&theater

New TV spot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buXhZZ6OOgU

And more videos:
Rob Marshall, Ben Whishaw, and Emily Mortimer Talk Mary Poppins Returns
https://twitter.com/DisneyStudios/statu ... 3945636864
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrSsyDHnmrY/
https://twitter.com/DisneyStudios/statu ... 9706399744
https://twitter.com/DisneyNL/status/1072879800522543104
https://twitter.com/QFTBelfast/status/1 ... 0417342471
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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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The review embargo has been lifted. The reviews are good, but not as great as it seemed they would be from the early reactions and all the awards. One of the main criticisms seems to be that it's too similar to the original movie.

This is the general consensus that I've been hearing as well that while the movie is good, it isn't nearly as grand as it's been made out to be. Interestingly enough, the most negative reviews are complaining about the recent glut of Disney remakes. I can't help but wonder if the public will start to lose interest in remakes after The Lion King.

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I still think the metascore and the tomatometer will go up a bit. There are many reviews to add during the next two weeks.

New clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_sV7hm179Q

Oh, and I'm so happy for Emily. I've been waiting for this moment for 12 years. It really feels like she could be nominated for an Oscar after being ignored so many times.


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Yeah, and even the reviews that didn't necessarily care for the movie did say that Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins was easily the best part of the entire film. But seeing the critics reviews that did highly enjoy/love the movie does put a smile on my face. :)

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New promos:
https://twitter.com/DisneyStudios/statu ... 7715713024
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An1Pbdp644o
https://twitter.com/DisneyStudios/statu ... 6101590016
https://twitter.com/disneyfilmindia/sta ... 0443086849

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman talk with Richard Sherman about the music:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaAstYd0ngM

And confirmation that the movie doesn't have any end credits scenes:
https://www.bustle.com/p/mary-poppins-r ... e-15515946


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UmbrellaFish wrote:
tsom, thank you so much for answering my question, my friend! I am so glad you liked it.

Second question: during Turning Turtle— there is a line “Perhaps if you all lend a hand” which sounds a bit like Angela Lansbury to me, but it could be Meryl and I don’t recognize it because of the character voice. But it really sounds like Lansbury to me. Am I right?

Third question: any mention of George and Winifred Banks? Are we to assume they are dead, or is actually mentioned in the film? As I grown older, David Tomlinson’s Mr. Banks has really warmed to my heart. If they are dead, it’s very sad to me that the Banks has such limited time left with their children at the end of the original— 20 some years of less, I think? But I suppose that would almost strengthen the message of both films. I really appreciate that they’ve named the (youngest?) boy Georgie. Adorable.

And I totally hear The Sound of Music nods, too. When the overture begins, I see images of Salzburg in my head. That has to be deliberate, I think. As was the movie poster, which is very 60’s musical-style. Even some of the musical numbers like “The Cover is Not the Book,” are a little less “Poppins” and a little more “Oliver!,” another great sixties musical. All very fitting choices, I think, which illustrate how much care they’ve put into this production. I’m so very excited to see this film.

I think it will do gang busters at the box office, but I hope they let the franchise rest a bit. Give us another 10-25 years (at least) before revisiting Mary, with different actors in the lead roles again. Please, please, please Disney keep her special.


No problem, my friend!! :-)

To answer your second question: No, Angela was not in the Turning Turtle scene. She's only in the finale. Her character is mentioned early in the film, but we don't see her until Nowhere to Go But Up.

To answer your third question: George Banks is mentioned several times. Winifred is hardly mentioned unfortunately. She's only mentioned when Jane and Michael say something like "Mother and Father did so and so." Hope that makes sense. Bert is mentioned once though! ;)

Besides the opening number coming before the overture and the overture itself, the other Sound of Music reference is After the main titles, a subtitle appears that states, "Cherry Tree Lane, London, in the days of The Great Slump." This is similar to the subtitle in Sound of Music that stated "Salzburg, Austria, in the last Golden Days of the Thirties." I also feel like the main titles sequence reminded me of the ones for Gigi, Oliver!, and Hello Dolly!. Those movies had paintings and drawings shown during their main titles, and that's exactly what occurs in Mary Poppins Returns.

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Glad to hear you really liked it tsom. It's too bad that Wilkins motivation is basic greed and that we need an obvious villain in a Mary Poppins sequel where I don't think it needs one. Yet personally, I can see why Wilkins needs to exist so that the story doesn't repeat the first film's plot and to have higher stakes; I only hope that it ultimately works in context of the movie.


I'm actually surprised that Colin Firth didn't get a villain number like Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, especially since he was a decent singer in Mamma Mia!.


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geniuswalt wrote:
The Disney awards website posted the entire score you can listen to for free. Unfortunately it's no longer possible to download the mp3 files playing in the page. (I was a able to download the Incredibles 2 score while it lasted some 10 days ago).

https://www.waltdisneystudiosawards.com ... urns/score

If anyone knows of any workaround to download the music files, it would be very much appreciated.

Someone has uploaded the extended score to Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... q5gNP8TUTp


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:46 pm 
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geniuswalt wrote:
The Disney awards website posted the entire score you can listen to for free. Unfortunately it's no longer possible to download the mp3 files playing in the page. (I was a able to download the Incredibles 2 score while it lasted some 10 days ago).

https://www.waltdisneystudiosawards.com ... urns/score

If anyone knows of any workaround to download the music files, it would be very much appreciated.

I posted that Youtube playlist as a solution to download the extended score from the Disney Awards website, given that there are lots of online programs to download videos from Youtube, but now I've noticed that track 22 is blocked because of copyright infringement. I've also found an extension for Firefox that allows you to download the MP3 files directly from the Disney website. If you have Firefox, do the following:

1. Google "Firefox add-ons".
2. Click on the first result and type "video download helper" in the search bar. The icon has three circles.
3. Download the extension, then open the Disney Awards website. The icon for the extension will be in the top right corner of the browser.

It doesn't detect the files until you play them. One disadvantage it has is that (at least on that site) when you download the files, they all have the same name. So, I would download them one by one and rename each file after it has been downloaded. I've been able to download the score that way myself. I hope it works for you too.


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 Post subject: Re: Mary Poppins Returns
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Julie Andrews has seen Mary Poppins Returns.

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Andrews, who won an Academy Award for her Mary Poppins performance, opted not to be in the sequel, but is said to have been very supportive of its production. “She has seen the film and wrote the most beautiful email about it,” Blunt revealed. “It was so moving.”


https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture ... s-1.803398

I have come to the conclusion that while casting Julie in Aquaman was definitely a deliberately shady move on behalf of WB, Julie probably only took the role because they (likely) offered her a ridiculous amount of money for very little work.

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UmbrellaFish wrote:
I have come to the conclusion that while casting Julie in Aquaman was definitely a deliberately shady move on behalf of WB, Julie probably only took the role because they (likely) offered her a ridiculous amount of money for very little work.

Now that, I believe! :lol:

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