History Headscratchers / MaryPoppins

12th Sep '16 9:43:36 PM Nicoaln
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** From how the song goes, it seems that he was planning to keep the children there all day to watch him work and learn about what actually goes on in the bank.

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** From how the song goes, it seems that he was planning to keep the children there all day to watch him work and learn about what actually goes on in the bank.bank.
* At the end of the movie, why did the banker's dad suddenly start floating when he laughed?
25th Aug '16 3:38:26 AM NateTheGreat
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*** It's not his usual one-way commute walk, he has to go both ways and make sure someone's around to take care of the children. Throw in a glass of water or a bathroom break and it may well take him an hour just to be safe.
25th Dec '15 4:24:47 PM nombretomado
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** I think they were probably too attached to the Edwardian setting to ruin it for the sake of having location shooting. Also, filming entirely on sound stages was much more common back then before the changing sensibilities (and better technology) of the NewHollywood era.

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** I think they were probably too attached to the Edwardian setting to ruin it for the sake of having location shooting. Also, filming entirely on sound stages was much more common back then before the changing sensibilities (and better technology) of the NewHollywood UsefulNotes/NewHollywood era.
24th Nov '15 5:09:32 AM fearlessnikki
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** The books are actually set in the 1930s but Walt Disney had a particular fondness for TheGayNineties and the turn of the century. That's why I assume the film was set in the Edwardian Era. It was viewed as a much more innocent and nostalgic time. The sinking of the Titanic and then World War I were viewed as a collective end to that innocence.



** Mary's goal is to get the children and father to see eye to eye and understand each other. By getting the children to accompany their father to the bank, they would see his world and understand why he doesn't always have time for them. And for George, it allows him to actually spend time with his children. Note that George is actually excited about showing the children the bank, so perhaps Mary suggested it for that reason - as an outing to the park might mean that George only goes out of obligation and doesn't actually spend time with the children. Essentially she's both forcing them together and subtly encouraging George to take an actual interest in how his children are raised (until now he'd been happy to get Winifred to hire nannies to keep the children from bothering him).



** It won't take him an hour to take them back home - he walks to work at the bank every day. In any case, he doesn't seem to have planned this whole outing thing very well.

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** It won't take him an hour to take them back home - he walks to work at the bank every day. In any case, he doesn't seem to have planned this whole outing thing very well.well.
** From how the song goes, it seems that he was planning to keep the children there all day to watch him work and learn about what actually goes on in the bank.
26th Oct '15 12:31:25 PM Bense
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* Was George really planning on keeping the children with him at the bank ''all day''? This is his job, somehow I doubt the bosses would take kindly to him saying "Thank you for indulging my children; could you spare me for an hour so I can take them home again?" As a junior partner, does he have a personal secretary to foist the children onto for a day? Or did George's day off happen to coincide with Mary Poppins' so he really ''wasn't'' expected to work that day?

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* Was George really planning on keeping the children with him at the bank ''all day''? This is his job, somehow I doubt the bosses would take kindly to him saying "Thank you for indulging my children; could you spare me for an hour so I can take them home again?" As a junior partner, does he have a personal secretary to foist the children onto for a day? Or did George's day off happen to coincide with Mary Poppins' so he really ''wasn't'' expected to work that day?day?
** It won't take him an hour to take them back home - he walks to work at the bank every day. In any case, he doesn't seem to have planned this whole outing thing very well.
23rd Oct '15 9:39:53 PM Karxrida
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* The scene at the bank, where Michael's father and the board of directors are trying to persuade him to put his tuppence in their bank. Even in 1910, that much money can't have had much buying power, so why would these men go to that much effort to get his business? It would be one thing if there were already an account in Michael's name (which I could even believe, what with George Banks' job and characterization to that point; he'd be the type to think of that), but the implication is that there isn't. Yeah, I can see George Banks wanting his son to start learning about money management, follow in his footsteps, that kind of thing, [[ButThisIsRidiculous but isn't this a bit much?]]

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* The scene at the bank, where Michael's father and the board of directors are trying to persuade him to put his tuppence in their bank. Even in 1910, that much money can't have had much buying power, so why would these men go to that much effort to get his business? It would be one thing if there were already an account in Michael's name (which I could even believe, what with George Banks' job and characterization to that point; he'd be the type to think of that), but the implication is that there isn't. Yeah, I can see George Banks wanting his son to start learning about money management, follow in his footsteps, that kind of thing, [[ButThisIsRidiculous but isn't this a bit much?]]much?
6th Oct '15 8:10:45 PM glickmam
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** I've often thought that Mary Poppins did this because she felt that the only way to stop Mr. Banks and his employers from being so arrogant about life and other things in general was to knock them down a peg or two.
10th Jul '15 1:35:48 PM NateTheGreat
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* What was Mary Poppin's plan when she proposed the outing to the bank? If she thought the mere act of giving a tuppence to an old lady and feed some birds was going to change Mr. Banks' character completely, she either is too naive or overestimated the influence she had on him, if she *wanted* him to get fired (but then how did she foresee the riot at the bank?) that makes her completely unlikeable. The most probable outcome would have been that Michael was forced to put his money in a bank and Mr Banks feeling smug about having taught him a lifelesson, while Michael's resentment for his father grew. It all seems to come down to a huge BatmanGambit with way too many uncertainties. While she is magical, nothing in the movies or books (correct me if I'm wrong, since I haven't read all of them) suggests that she can tell the future.

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* What was Mary Poppin's plan when she proposed the outing to the bank? If she thought the mere act of giving a tuppence to an old lady and feed some birds was going to change Mr. Banks' character completely, she either is too naive or overestimated the influence she had on him, if she *wanted* him to get fired (but then how did she foresee the riot at the bank?) that makes her completely unlikeable. The most probable outcome would have been that Michael was forced to put his money in a bank and Mr Banks feeling smug about having taught him a lifelesson, while Michael's resentment for his father grew. It all seems to come down to a huge BatmanGambit with way too many uncertainties. While she is magical, nothing in the movies or books (correct me if I'm wrong, since I haven't read all of them) suggests that she can tell the future.future.
** I suppose the least malicious conclusion is that Mary Poppins simply wanted George to take the children ''anywhere'' and spend a prolonged period of time with them. The bank is the easiest and most plausible place to trick him into taking them to.
* Was George really planning on keeping the children with him at the bank ''all day''? This is his job, somehow I doubt the bosses would take kindly to him saying "Thank you for indulging my children; could you spare me for an hour so I can take them home again?" As a junior partner, does he have a personal secretary to foist the children onto for a day? Or did George's day off happen to coincide with Mary Poppins' so he really ''wasn't'' expected to work that day?
16th Jun '15 11:56:32 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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### That eventually, people don't need her anymore, echoed in ''{{Nanny McPhee}}''.

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### That eventually, people don't need her anymore, echoed in ''{{Nanny McPhee}}''.''Film/NannyMcPhee''.
24th Oct '14 4:26:54 PM LayLay
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* What 'was' Mary Poppin's plan when she proposed the outing to the bank? If she thought the mere act of giving a tuppence to an old lady and feed some birds was going to change Mr. Banks' character completely, she either is too naive or overestimated the influence she had on him, if she *wanted* him to get fired (but then how did she foresee the riot at the bank?) that makes her completely unlikeable. The most probable outcome would have been that Michael was forced to put his money in a bank and Mr Banks feeling smug about having taught him a lifelesson, while Michael's resentment for his father grew. It all seems to come down to a 'huge' BatmanGambit with way too many uncertainties. While she is magical, nothing in the movies or books (correct me if I'm wrong, since I haven't read all of them) suggests that she can tell the future.

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* What 'was' was Mary Poppin's plan when she proposed the outing to the bank? If she thought the mere act of giving a tuppence to an old lady and feed some birds was going to change Mr. Banks' character completely, she either is too naive or overestimated the influence she had on him, if she *wanted* him to get fired (but then how did she foresee the riot at the bank?) that makes her completely unlikeable. The most probable outcome would have been that Michael was forced to put his money in a bank and Mr Banks feeling smug about having taught him a lifelesson, while Michael's resentment for his father grew. It all seems to come down to a 'huge' huge BatmanGambit with way too many uncertainties. While she is magical, nothing in the movies or books (correct me if I'm wrong, since I haven't read all of them) suggests that she can tell the future.
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