YMMV / Mary Poppins

The books

  • Base-Breaking Character: Mary Poppins' strict and pompous behavior has won over some readers, who feel thankful that her personality doesn't taste like diabetes, and turned away others, who find her unreasonably heartless.
  • Sequelitis: The books seem to get less creative as the series progresses, at least to some readers.

Disney's movie and play

  • Adaptation Displacement: How many of you can actually say that you saw the movie with prior knowledge that it came from a book?
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • There are also who think Mary Poppins is an irresponsible, dangerous drunk. She supernaturally "blows" the competition away for the job, then takes her charges to play with a homeless man. After giving them cough medicine. That tastes like rum to her.
    • Some people think she gives off a cold and dismissive feeling and would not actually be very successful with real children, like she was in the movie, in real life.
    • Given how dismissive she is of everyone she meets, except when they fall about praising her, Mary Poppins is some kind of high-functioning sociopath.
      • And yet, Pamela Travers (the author of the books) thought the Mary Poppins of the film was too nice. Fans of the books often agree with her.
    • Time Lady of Gallifrey. Seriously, she pulls a six-foot lamp out of her bag, right there in the film.
    • Some people insist that Burt is actually a Crazy Homeless Person.
      • On the opposite end, people are split if Bert is totally mundane if charming, or if he's of the same breed of magical that Mary is (albeit in a much lesser capacity). The musical seems to support the latter.
    • Post-Character Development, Winifred Banks makes a "Votes For Women" sash into a tail for the kite. Some viewers believe this means she'll give up the suffragette movement to spend more time around the house, while others interpret this action as her supporting the cause ''while'' spending more time with her family.
  • Awesome Music: Often held as the greatest collection of songs the Sherman brothers ever wrote.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Among people who've both seen the movie and read the books, opinions seem split over whether the movie's less conceited and condescending portrayal of Mary Poppins seems too sweet or easier to warm up to than her literary incarnation.
  • Blackface: The musical number Step in time, while it is presented as ash face it is very clearly in the style of a blackface minstrel show. And just in case anyone didn't catch it, Admiral Boom even says "we're being attacked by Hottentots" before shooting fireworks at them. "Hottentots" is what Europeans called the South African Khoikhoi tribe because that's what their language sounded like to Europeans. So a beloved children's movie contains a scene where children are entertained by a blackface musical number, only for it to be interrupted by an old racist shooting at them because he thinks they are actual Africans.
  • Ear Worm: Practically every song.
    • Chim chiminey chim chiminey chim chim cheree, a sweep is as lucky as lucky can be! Chim chiminey chim chiminey chim chim cheroo...
    • Just...A... Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, the medicine go dow-own, the medicine go down! Just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down, in the most de-liiiiiiiight-fullllll waaaaaaaay!
    • Feed the birds, tuppence a bag. Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag! Feed the birds, that's what she cries, while overhead her birds fill the skies!
      • Famously, this song was a favorite of Walt Disney. Whenever he visited the Sherman brothers, he would say "play it". They would already know he meant "Feed the Birds" and play it for him. Even at his funeral.
    • Let's! Go! Fly a kite! Up! To! The highest height! Let's! Go! Fly a kite, and send! It! Soaring!
    • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious. If you say it loud enough, you'll always sound precocious....
    • I love to laugh! Loud and long and clear! I love to laugh! It's getting worse every year...
    • Step in time! Step in time! Step in time! Step in time! Never need a reason, never need a rhyme! Step in time! You step in time!
    • Heck, even Mr. Banks' song, "The Life I Lead", is catchy!
    • Interestingly, the first song of the movie, "Sister Suffragette", is one that practically no one seems to remember.
    • From the musical: I'm Practically Perfect in every way. Practically Perfect, that's my forte. Uncanny nannies are hard to find. Unique yet meek, unspeakably kind...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Miss Andrew, the anti-Poppins, seems to be this in the stage version. In the film version Mrs Banks is extremely beloved by fans.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Mary Poppins could be an angel or even some kind of goddess, given her "perfection" and the fact that she comes from the sky. Also, note the religious overtones of "Feed the Birds."
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why does everyone in Bert's chalk drawing world love Mary so much? Because he does too.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • It's always fun looking up what the child actors of yesteryear are doing now, isn't it? You're in for an unpleasant shock when you find that Matthew Garber (Michael) died from hepatitis at the age of 21.
    • Mrs. Brill's suggestion to check the river for Mr. Banks' corpse, the morning after he loses his job, might feel harder to watch for viewers who learned that P.L. Travers' mother attempted to drown herselfnote , traumatizing the seven-year-old.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke disagreed on the radio talk show Hollywood Spotlight Microphone over the possibility of Mary Poppins getting a Broadway adaptation. Van Dyke strongly supported the possibility, while Andrews felt that it wouldn't work, as the film's effects wouldn't work on-stage. Both have seen the stage production since.
    • From "I Love To Laugh", "Some only blust - others they twitter like birds."
  • Memetic Badass: Mr. Dawes Sr. became this among italian Youtube Poopers, it all started with this (title roughly translates in 'Old Man Dawes will kick your ass!').
  • Memetic Mutation: Through the joy of Manipulative Editing, this trailer makes Mary Poppins look like a horror movie.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Watch the movie again after having seen Saving Mr. Banks and try not to cry at all the scenes involving Mr. Banks' Character Development, the ending, and the scenes which have more resonance now that the reason and meaning behind them is made clear. Just try. Heck, even the innocuous not-quite-Villain Song "Fidelity Fiduciary Bank" becomes outright disturbing when you remember Colin Farrell (maybe?) trying to sing it while drunk.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Not the movie itself, mind. But rather, Dick Van Dyke's accent. Dick van Dyke's accent was the result of his trying, and failing, repeatedly, to do a good Cockney accent. When it turned out he could only do a bad Cockney accent, he decided to make it hilariously bad.
  • Special Effect Failure: Every Remaster, London looks more and more like a lot of paintings.
    • The robin Mary Poppins holds looks unbelievably fake.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The WHOLE animated sequence, but particularly "Jolly Holiday" and the scene with the barn animal choir.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Mary and Bert seem to have been a couple sometime in the past, which rises to the surface during their outing in the country. ("You haven't changed a bit!")
  • Values Dissonance: Admiral Boom uses the then-contemporary term "Hottentots" for the Khoi peoples of Namibia, which has since become a racial slur.
  • Wangst: Really, Uncle Albert, feeling upset about your guests having to leave soon is one thing, but having a crying fit about it is another thing altogether.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: Some critics and academics have argued that the film encapsulates the societal shift of its time, with Mr. Banks representing the passing of the stuffy 1950s and Mary Poppins representing the arrival of the carefree 1960s. Thomas Schumacher has stated that the contrast between generations is represented in the stage musical by the character's outfits. George Banks, Miss Andrew, and most of the adults represent the older up-tight Victorian era while Mary Poppins, Bert, Mrs. Corry, Northbrook, and a few others represent the much looser Edwardian era.

Mary Poppins Returns

  • Broken Base: Time will tell if this remains so but the casting of Lin-Manuel Miranda in the 2018 sequel Mary Poppins Returns is a point of contention among fans. While there are many who are happy about this (mostly fans of Hamilton), others feel that he's only been cast just because of the former and feel that the character of Jack is unneeded, especially since he's a Canon Foreigner who wasn't present in Travers' books and who many are fearing is a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Bert. That's all we'll say on the matter.
    • The casting of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins. Others are excited for the casting based on her performance in Into the Woods but others are opposed to this due to a perceived nepotism in her being cast as the director of the aforementioned film is helming the sequel and feel someone like Anne Hathaway would've been a better choice. Both groups, however, agree that Blunt won't be able to match Julie Andrews' iconic performance.
    • Hell, the mere idea of a sequel is a pretty Flame War inducing subject, similar to Ghostbusters (2016). Die hard fans or most casual fans feel it isn't necessary and is yet just another attempt to reboot/give a sequel to another Disney Classic and are worried (understandably) of Sequelitis. Others don't mind and are quite excited, especially that it's based on the remaining books in Travers' series. Again, we'll have to wait and see.


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