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->''"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"''

[[DescribeTopicHere Describe Mary Poppins]]? She's "practically perfect in every way," of course.

If that's too much of a mouthful for you, she's also a magical nanny, who literally flies into the life of the Banks family of London, England, circa [[TheEdwardianEra 1910]]. When most people hear the name, they think of Creator/WaltDisney's 1964 movie, adapted from the [[Literature/MaryPoppins book series of the same name]] by P.L. Travers. The film stars Creator/JulieAndrews as Mary Poppins and Creator/DickVanDyke as Bert.

It has been adapted to a [[TheMusical musical theater adaptation]]; this version replaces some of the less stageable aspects of the original film (as in the penguins and Uncle Albert's floating) with elements of the original books.

The film was nominated for 13 Oscars, of which it won five.[[note]]Best Actress: Julie Andrews, Best Song: "Chim-Chim-Cheree", Best Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing[[/note]] Today, it is considered a childhood staple on both sides of the Pond.

The movie ''Film/SavingMrBanks'' focuses around the long DevelopmentHell the film underwent as Walt Disney (Creator/TomHanks) tried getting the rights from PL Travers (Creator/EmmaThompson). It was released in December 2013 for OscarBait purposes, eventually earning a nomination for Best Score (and losing to ''Film/{{Gravity}}'').

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!!Just a Spoonful Of Tropes'll Make the Article Go Down, the article go down, the article go down:
* AdaptedOut: In the books, Mr. and Mrs. Banks had five children (Jane, Michael, John, Barbara, and Annabelle) and three servants (Mrs. Brill, Ellen, and Robertson Ay). In both the film and stage show, only Jane and Michael appear and the servants are different between the two (Ellen in the movie and Robertson Ay in the musical accompany Mrs. Brill).
* {{Adorkable}}: Bert has his moments of endearing awkwardness, mostly around Mary Poppins.
* AlmightyJanitor: Bert, despite being a variety job man that includes chimney sweeper, chalk painter, etc. Seems to be one of the most well connected people in the movie. The upper class seem to respect him, he is an associate of Mary, and is implied to have some magic at his disposal.
* AshFace: Mary Poppins and the children get covered in soot when they're sucked up the chimney. Bert, naturally as a chimney sweep, is already covered in soot as is.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted when Mary goes up the chimney and - along with the others - winds up with an AshFace. She actually runs with it, using some black makeup to darken her face some more.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Mr. Banks starts to bond with his children, and the Banks are now a happier family. But with winds changing, Mary Poppins has to leave, which she does so without so much a goodbye]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** Bert, with his job as the GreekChorus.
** Taken UpToEleven in the musical, where Bert doubles as the AllKnowingSingingNarrator.
* BagOfHolding: Mary Poppins's carpetbag.
* ButNowIMustGo: Mary Poppins will stay until the wind changes, which happens around the time the family she is tending to develops into better people. [[spoiler: After that, she quietly leaves, without so much as a goodbye.]]
** In the stage show, she does say goodbye [[spoiler: to Bert and gives him a kiss on the cheek.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Mary Poppins' presence seems to ''cause'' character development. After she works for the Bankses, all four members of the household gain a new perspective to some degree, but the most drastic change would be Mr. Banks' transformation from aloof and distant patriarch to concerned and loving family man.
* TheComicallySerious: Mr. Banks. Especially during the chimney sweep scene.
* CompositeCharacter: Bert's character in the film and stage show is a combination of his portrayal as the Matchman and the Sweep character, both from the book series.
* ContinuityCameo: The people Bert sings to in the opening of the movie are all supporting characters from the book series.
** During the musical's version of "Jolly Holiday", a penguin can be seen in one of the strollers, a nod to the film's sequence.
* CutSong: Among others in the film:
** "The Land of Sand" brought Mary Poppins and the children to a desert. The melody became recycled for "Trust in Me" from ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
** "The Beautiful Briny Sea" had Mary and the children travel underwater. The song later received a number in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks''.
** "Chimpanzoo" told of a place in which animals could watch humans misbehave inside cages. The tune became used for a song in ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland''.
** The stage play is not without its cut songs either. "What I Can Do" (a precursor to the song "Being Mrs. Banks") and "She's Ever So Mary Poppins" were two written, but cut for various reasons.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mary Poppins has her moments.
* TheEdwardianEra: The setting of the film and the play.
* HappilyMarried: George and Winifred Banks. He may start out a stuffy old bore, but even at the very beginning there's no doubt he and his wife truly love each other.
* HilarityEnsues
* HomelessPigeonPerson: The Bird Woman
* InexplicablyAwesome: Mary is a classic example. She never explains anything, after all.
* LonelyRichKid: Jane and Michael.
* LyricalDissonance:
** "Stay Awake" in the film. It's a lullaby. A very effective one.
** Bert's own variation on the upbeat "Spoonful Of Sugar", sung as a lyrical {{Aesop}} to Mr. Banks.
* MagicalGuardian: Mary Poppins.
* MagicalNanny: The original, endlessly referenced and parodied.
* MusicalChores: "A Spoonful of Sugar"
* {{Neologism}}: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", although there is some dispute about whether the movie invented the word or merely popularized it. [[note]]But if you say it loud enough, it doesn't matter, because you'll always sound precocious.[[/note]]
** Richard Sherman has mentioned the song and the purpose of it was inspired by summer camp memories he and Robert had, where they would have contests to come up with words longer than antidisestablishmentarianism. He and Robert decided to put different parts of words together, getting the "atrocious" and "precocious" rhyme early on. [[note]]And it is so rococo-co-cious.[[/note]]
* NiceGuy: Bert.
* ParasolParachute: It goes up as well as down.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The film brings together highlights from the original Mary Poppins book, while taking elements of the sequels.
** The stage adaptation does this with the entire Mary Poppins book series as well as the film.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mr. Banks to Mr. Dawes Sr. when he informs him that when it comes down to it, an old man who sits alone in a bank is nothing compared to the love of a man's children.
** Brought back in the musical, but Mr. Banks instead talks about the importance of people over profits. There's one twist though: [[spoiler: Mr. Banks doesn't lose his job in the end. Instead, Von Hussler's offer, the one he turned down in Act 1 and led to his suspension, ruined the rival bank. Northbrook's factory project, the loan he approved, went through and the bank is to make a fortune from it. After Winifred arrives to support him, he gets promoted to Senior Manager at twice... triple... quadruple his current salary. He accepts the job on the condition that his family comes first.]]
* SettingUpdate: Inverted, since the books took place in TheThirties.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Starting when Mr. Banks is called into the bank. Mr. Banks confides to Bert at the awful prospect of losing his dreams and unable to support his family while Bert reminds him that his children will only be around a short time as well, so he must treasure their love as well.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Mary can talk to animals, per the novels. In the musical, Bert is also able to talk to Ms. Lark's dog Willoughby. [[spoiler:She uses it to her advantage to free Miss Andrew's lark Caruso from his cage.]]
* AStormIsComing: Used at the beginning to indicate trouble in the Banks family. At the film, it's also used at the end to indicate that all is well, now.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: And yes, Mr. Banks learns to have fun with his kids by the end. In a heartwarming twist (likely not included in any other version of this Trope), the kids get an aesop on the subject as well; just because their parents aren't around as much as they'd like doesn't mean they don't love them. And also that being a grown-up and providing for a family is very hard, and you shouldn't be too hard in judging them.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Bert. The implied answer being "because he feels like it."
-->'''Bert:''' Me, I was told when I was small,\\
"Just learn a trade!" So, I learned them all.

!!The film provides examples of:
* AdultFear: The sequence when Jane and Michael flee the bank in a panic and wander into the East End slums where they are grabbed by a dark stranger. Fortunately, the scariness is instantly dispelled when the dark man is revealed to be their trusted friend, Bert.
* AmbiguousSyntax: The basis of a plot-important joke:
-->"I know a man with a wooden leg called Smith."\\
"Really? What was the name of his other leg?"
* AnimatedActors
* AngelUnaware: Mary Poppins. She's seen ''putting her makeup on while sitting waist-deep in a cloudbank'', for [[JustForPun heaven's]] sake. Possibly Bert too, though his magical powers aren't as reliable.
* BanisterSlide: Mary Poppins and the children before going out to the park. She also inverts this physically by going up the banister at one point.
* CloudCuckooLander:
** Mrs. Banks
** Mr. Banks too at times, when not dealing with his job.
** The Banks family's eccentric neighbor, Admiral Boom, an insane old navy man who made a ship out of his house, cannon and all.
* ComicBookAdaptation: GoldKeyComics published a rather accurate comic book version of the film, complete with song lyrics.
* ContagiousLaughter
* DarkReprise: "A Man has Dreams" is this to "The Life I Lead", after [[spoiler:Mr. Banks is fired.]]
* DevelopmentGag: "Stay Awake" uses a slowed-down version of Mary Poppins' rejected {{Leitmotif}}.
* DigitalDestruction: The 2004 DVD release featured an "Enhanced Home Theater Mix" audio track, which tampered the audio quite a bit, with nearly all of the sound effects replaced, and a few bits of new music added where there originally wasn't any. (Obvious examples include the wind when Mary Poppins is sitting on a cloud, the "Poof!" noise when the character jump into the chalk drawing, the thunder and lightning before it starts raining on the chalk drawing, and the fireworks following the "Step in Time" number.) Sadly, this version was also used whenever Creator/ABCFamily aired the movie. Fortunately, Disney released a new DVD in 2009 with the new sound effects gone.
* DishDash: The Banks household scrambles to keep their furnishings from falling over every time Admiral Boom fires his cannon.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: In "Supercalifragilisticexpalidocious" (even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious), one large cartoon woman plays a percussion instrument by slamming it on her diminutive husband's head.
-->'''Mary Poppins:''' ♪Better use it carefully, or it can change your life.♪
-->'''Husband''': For example... \\
'''Mary Poppins''': Yes? \\
'''Husband''': Once I said it to me girl, and now me girl's me wife. \\
''Wife slams instrument on Husband's head.'' \\
'''Husband''': And a lovely thing she is, too.
* DreamBallet: Performed by Bert and Mary in the middle of "Jolly Holiday". Even his cane and her parasol get in on the act!
* EpicRocking: "Step in Time", at 8:42.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: The penguin waiters in the animated sequence.
* ExpospeakGag: Variant. No expospeak as such, but as it's a kid's movie this line has the same effect as one:
-->''Tradition, discipline, and rules''\\
''Must be the tools''\\
''Without them, disorder!''\\
''Catastrophe! Anarchy!''\\
''In short, you have a ghastly mess!''
** Later, this expospeak is heard again with a few different words that still mean the same thing:
-->''Tradition, discipline, and rules''\\
''Must be the tools''\\
''Without them, disorder!''\\
''Chaos! Moral disintegration!''\\
''In short, you have a ghastly mess!''
* ForcedMeme: About a dozen of them in-universe during the "Step in Time" number. These include "Step in time" itself, "Kick your knees up," "Flap like a birdie," "Mary Poppins," "Votes for women," "It's the master," and (hilariously) "Aahhh!"
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Mary Poppins is melancholic, Bert is sanguine, Winifred Banks is phlegmatic, and George Banks is choleric.
* FourthWallObserver: Bert addresses the audience directly at the start of the film.
* FullNameBasis: It's rare for anyone to use less than Mary Poppins' full name.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Travers and Walt Disney's battles were lengthy.
* GetTheeToANunnery: The "go fly a kite" joke is often lost on modern audiences. The phrase was once used as a family-friendly version of "Go fuck yourself," but is almost never used this way today. (Which, of course, is why Constable Jones apologizes after using it on the telephone.)
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: During the "Jolly Holiday" number, Mary praises Bert for "never think[ing] of [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty pressing your advantage"]] on a lady, with the implication that other men ''would'' do that.
* GildedCage: Bert references this to Jane and Michael when they question their father's love for them. Stating that his job is cold, heartless and difficult but he faces it every day for his family's sake.
* GirlySkirtTwirl: Taken UpToEleven during the dance scene on the roof, when Mary twirls so hard she goes flying for a few seconds (although the flying bit isn't focused on the skirt, because it's part of the choreography).
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Mr. Dawes, Sr.]] dies as he finally gets a joke.
* GreatWayToGo: What the characters say about the above GoOutWithASmile.
* HenpeckedHusband: In the cartoon band sequence, as comedy.
* HomelessPigeonPerson: ''Feed the Birds''. "Early each day, to the steps of Saint Paul's, the little old bird woman comes..."
* TheHyena: Uncle Albert
* HypocriticalSinging: Mary sings a lullabye to the kids entitled [[ReversePsychology "Stay Awake."]]
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: Hilariously parodied when [[spoiler:Mr. Banks]] is fired from the bank.
* JawDrop: When Michael sees Mary Poppins slide ''up'' the banister.
-->"Close your mouth please, Michael. We are not a codfish."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Banks.
* LateToThePunchline[=/=]ParentalBonus: Watch it as a kid and you'll get a thoroughly entertaining movie. Watch it again twenty years later and you'll suddenly be able to understand a whole host of jokes and subplots that you couldn't possibly have gotten as a kid, either for want of experience or vocabulary, or simply because the adults were talking too fast.
** [[JustforPun Mr Banks, a bank clerk, is given a "cashiering" on dismissal]].
** Mr. Dawes, Sr. takes a minute to get the wooden leg joke.
*** But at least he realized that there was actually something to get there, as opposed to the other bankers thinking Mr. Banks had gone mad.
* LongList: All the things Michael's tuppence could do for England.
-->'''George Banks:''' You see, Michael, you'll be part of: railways through Africa...
-->'''Mr. Dawes Sr.:''' Exactly!
-->'''George:''' Dams across the Nile...
-->'''Dawes:''' The ships, tell them about the ships!
-->'''George:''' Fleets of ocean greyhounds...
-->'''Dawes:''' More, tell them more!
-->'''George:''' Majestic, self-aggrandizing canals...
-->'''Dawes:''' How it fires the imagination!
-->'''George:''' Plantations of ripening tea...
* LoveEpiphany: When facing the senior partners, Mr. Banks is at a loss for words [[spoiler:until he discovers his son's tuppences in his pocket and he finally understands the most important thing in his life should be his family and not this cold bank.]]
* MatteShot: Since the entire film was shot on a soundstage, Peter Ellenshaw made sixty-four matte paintings to recreate the vistas and skies of Edwardian London.
* MeaningfulName: Mr. Banks and Admiral Boom. Also the admiral's assistant Mr. Binnacle
* MediumBlending: When they interacted with animated characters inside Bert's paintings.
* MisplacedWildlife: American robins in England, despite there being another species native to the British Isles with the same name. The penguins might also count, but it is a fantasy world after all.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Mr. Banks's employers.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Winifred Banks had no first name in the books.
* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler:Mr. Dawes Sr. and the rest of the Senior Partners fail to realize it was their actions which led to the run on the bank, not Michael nor his sister nor father, as it was Mr. Dawes Sr. who took Michael's money by force.]]
* NobleBigot: George and Winifred display mild sexist attitudes toward each other, with George speaking of his wife as if she is one of his many "subjects"; while Winifred, in her StrawFeminist song "Sister Suffragette", proclaims: "Though we adore men individually, we agree that, as a group, they're rather stupid."
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Ed Wynn in his [[OneSceneWonder brief appearance]] as Uncle Albert.
* OhNoNotAgain: "Ahh! They're at it again!", "They're at it again, step in time! They're at it again, step in time!"
* OneManBand: Bert operates one near the beginning.
* OneSteveLimit: Minor aversion. One of the female names rattled off in the penguin scene is "Jane." Presumably Bert isn't referring to Jane Banks (a good thing, too, since, given the context, the reference would be more than a little creepy).
** There's also Bert and Uncle Albert, though if he's Bert's actual uncle it's possible he was named after him.
*** The book states that Bert's real name is Herbert.
* PantyShot: Mary Poppins flashes her pink bloomers while dancing on the rooftop, much to the delight of the (male) chimney sweeps. Mrs. Banks, too, hikes up her dress while singing feminist propaganda, causing a female character watching to shriek in horror.
* ParasolOfPrettiness: Mary Poppins has one in the chalk painting sequence. Along with a [[PimpedOutDress lacy white dress.]]
* ParrotExpowhat: Mr. Banks' initial inability to say, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."
-->'''Jane:''' Mary Poppins taught us the most wonderful word!\\
'''Michael:''' Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!\\
'''Mr. Banks:''' What on earth are you talking about, supercal-- super-- or whatever the infernal thing is?\\
'''Jane:''' It's something to say when you don't know what to say.\\
'''Mr. Banks:''' Yes, well, I always know what to say.
** And later, as he sings "The Life I Lead" again:
-->'''Mr. Banks:''' (singing) These silly words, like... (stops singing) Superca... Superca... Superca... \\
'''Mary Poppins:''' Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. \\
'''Mr. Banks:''' Yes, well done. You said it.
** He eventually comes around when [[spoiler:he is discharged from the bank]] and Mr. Dawes, Sr., asks him if he has anything to say:
-->'''Mr. Banks:''' (giggling hysterically) Just one word, sir. \\
'''Mr. Dawes, Sr.:''' Yes? \\
'''Mr. Banks:''' Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious! \\
'''Mr. Dawes, Sr.:''' What? \\
'''Mr. Banks:''' Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious! Mary Poppins was right, it's extraordinary! It *does* make you feel better! (giggles some more)
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: George Banks spends much of the movie confused by "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", but by the end catches on with it, particularly during his dismissal from the bank.
* PolitenessJudo: How Mary Poppins wins the horse race.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory:
** One bit of political incorrectness survives in the film, in which Admiral Boom uses the now derogatory term "Hottentots", as in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXyOTO5242k We're being attacked by Hottentots!]]" But let's face it, you just used Google to figure out what that term meant.
** On the other hand, the rough and tough chimney sweeps express a lot of sympathy for the women's suffrage cause in 1910 Britain.
* PortalPicture: Bert's pavement drawings.
* PositiveDiscrimination: All over the place. Mary Poppins is "practically perfect in every way," while Bert has no magical powers at all, and also takes care of most of the slapstick. Mrs. Banks is much more sympathetic than Mr. Banks, and more reasonable too. Jane is clearly wiser and more competent than her brother. And you'll also notice that Mary and Jane are always the ones at the head of the carousel horse race...although that has more to do with the positions of characters on the carousel when the operator let them off.
* PrettyInMink: Mrs. Banks wears an ermine muff to one of her suffrage rallies. The muff does double duty as Mrs. Banks uses it to discreetly carry extra "Votes for Women" sashes.
* PungeonMaster: Uncle Albert. When in the right mood, he can not think about anything without it being a pun.
* RandomEventsPlot: Quite a lot of the movie's run time is random loosely connected mini adventures that the children and Mary go on, with subtle bits of character development to move the main relationships along. Though of course, [[TropesAreTools not all tropes are bad]], as it doesn't affect the great quality of the movie at all.
* ReallyGetsAround: Bert is a male example. Just listen to his song with the penguins! The jealous look on Mary's face during most of the song pretty much confirms it.
* RefugeInAudacity: Mary Poppins hires herself. With, no less, the implication that Mr. Banks is the one who needs to impress her!
** Mary Poppins uses the wind to literally blow the competition away to leave the nanny spot open for her.
* ReversePsychology: Mary Poppins ''owns'' this trope. She gets herself hired by interviewing her employer, gets the children to sleep by singing a lullaby about staying awake, and tricks Mr. Banks into taking the kids to work with him by acting like it's his idea.
* RogerRabbitEffect: One of the film's most famous sequences.
* RummageFail: Mary Poppins hunting for her tape-measure.
* SarcasticClapping: Bert's "high-wire" act in the park provokes this response.
* SceneryPorn: Almost definitely spot-on as far as the sights of London go.
* SilkHidingSteel: A prim and ProperLady; the only one not to lose her composure during the laughing scene. She also manipulates her employer with the ease of a pro. See her entry on ReversePsychology.
* SoloDuet: Both "in movie", when Mary Poppins sings with her reflection, and then "in production", when Julie Andrews dubbed in the robin-whistles in the same song.
* SpaceJews: The fox in the animated sequence has a "whimsical" Irish accent. And he's being hunted by Englishmen. Symbolism, people.
* StandardSnippet: During Bert's aforementioned "high-wire" act, he hums the big-top standard "Over the Waves"--as hammily and overdone as possible, of course.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Mary Poppins.
* SupportingProtagonist: A case is often made that Mary Poppins is this trope and the movie is really about George Banks. In any case, it's true enough that he gets more CharacterDevelopment than anyone else. This is what the title of ''Film/SavingMrBanks'' refers to, as P.L. Travers explaining this to Creator/WaltDisney is a major plot point.
* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: Upon uttering "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", George Banks decides he should say something to his employers:
-->'''Mr. Dawes Sr.:''' What are you talking about, man? There's no such word!
-->'''Banks:''' Oh yes! It is a word! A perfectly good word! Actually, do you know what there's no such thing as? It turns out, with due respect, when all is said and done, that there's no such thing as YOU!
* TricksterMentor
* VillainSong: "Fidelity Fiduciary Bank" can be considered this.
* VisualPun: When Mary replies to the Banks childrens' torn up letter, there is a line of nannies at the door when she swoops in on a gust of wind and literally ''blows'' the competition away.
* WeirdnessCensor: "Ellen, it is ''now'' eight o'clock."
* WestminsterChimes: In the score during the rooftop scene, between orchestral reprises of "Spoonful of Sugar" and "Feed the Birds".
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Brits have been asking DickVanDyke this for 50 years. His consistent answer seems to be, "[[RuleOfFunny Funny]]."
* WithDueRespect: Mr. Banks says this right before finishing his tear down into Mr. Dawes Sr.

!!The stage adaptation provides examples of:
* AscendedExtra: Or Re-Ascended Extra -- Mrs. Corry, having been [[DemotedToExtra demoted to a cameo]] in the film, regains a bigger role in the musical adaptation.
* BabysitterFromHell: Miss Andrew, literally. There's a good reason why she's known as the "Holy Terror." [[spoiler: After Mary Poppins returns, she puts Miss Andrew inside a large birdcage and basically sends her to hell.]]
* Birdcaged: [[spoiler: Miss Andrew, much like in the book "Mary Poppins Comes Back"]]
* CutSong: Temper Temper eventually was cut from the stage musical, due to [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids complaints by parents]] and that the producers of the Dutch production of Poppins didn't like the idea of the kids being put on trial. The slightly tamer nightmare-inspired "Playing The Game" replaced the song when the US tour began and the changes have been reinstated to the Broadway production as well as future productions of the show.
* FollowYourHeart: "Anything Can Happen"
* JokerJury: The toys who put the children on trial in "Temper, Temper".
* TheMusical
* RemakeCameo: Dick Van Dyke reprised the role of Mr. Dawes Sr., who normally isn't in the show, during a special performance in Los Angeles.
* VillainSong: The stage version not only throws in a villain (Miss Andrew, George's former nanny who was featured in the Poppins books) but also gives her a two-part song, "Brimstone and Treacle".
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