- Awesome Music:
- Every song The Sherman Brothers wrote for the film, particularly "Feed The Birds", which became Walt Disney's favorite song.
- Try to find someone born after 1960 who doesn't at least start smiling and nodding, if not outright singing along, when you launch into "Let's Go Fly A Kite". Go on. We'll wait.
- Michael Banks has a few moments: When he stands up to the president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, and when the children are running through the docks and encounter Bert, he immediately tries to protect Jane before they realize who they've run into.
- Mary Poppins' exercising a black belt in Politeness Judo.
Mary: Excuse me, would you be so kind as to let me through?
Jockey: Oh, terribly sorry...
'''Mary passes both jockeys, who look at each other shocked like "Did that really just happen?"
- When Admiral Boom engages in a fireworks war with the 'hottentot' chimneysweeps. The chimneysweeps duck left and right, but Mary Poppins just strolls calmly back to the Banks' chimney, as if daring the fireworks to hit her.
- And then, when a firework zooms towards Bert, he uses his sweep as a bat, and hits the firework right back at Admiral Boom.
- Mary Poppins pulling an excellent Batman Gambit on Mr. Banks, first by getting him to agree to take the children to the bank, and telling the children about the bird woman, so they'd want to feed the birds, and the resulting events at the bank result in Mr Banks first getting fired, then reconnecting with his children.
- After having gotten humiliated by his employers, George Banks decides he should say something after all.
Mr. Dawes Sr.: Confound it, Banks! Have you anything to say?!
George Banks: Just one word, sir...
Banks: Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious! Mary Poppins was right, it's extraordinary! It does make you feel better! (laughs)
Dawes: 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!
- Dick Van Dyke's performance is superb throughout the entirety of the film, but there are a few specific points where, in the middle of a song, he suddenly starts reciting, and imbues his lines with such pathos, it almost makes you feel like there's an entirely separate story behind each of them them:
Bert (in the middle of an otherwise cheerful street performance): Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin' is brewin' and bout to begin. Can't put me finger on what lies in store... But I fear what's to happen all happened before
Bert (giving a breathtaking description of the Chimneys of London): When there's hardly no day / Nor hardly no night / There's things half in shadow... And half way in light.
Bert: You've got to grind, grind, grind at that grindstone... Though childhood slips like sand through a sieve... And all too soon they've up and grown, and then they've flown... And it's too late for you to give