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  • When The Sherman Brothers perform Bert's "comical poem" for Travers, she objects at the made-up word "responstable" (rhyming with "constable") and tells them to "un-make it up". The brothers then sheepishly hide the sheet music to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in their papers.
  • Although it comes at a fairly serious moment; Travers sees a sketch of the penguin sequence in "Jolly Holiday" and wonders how Disney will be able to train the penguins to dance. Being the only person not to know that Travers specifically requested no animation be in the film, Richard Sherman says the penguins are going to be animated. Cue Oh, Crap! expressions by Don Degradi and Robert Sherman. When Travers storms off to Walt Disney's office, Richard says to the others, "What?... Are we going to get real penguins?"
  • Travers' reaction to the Disney character plush dolls in her room. Considering that she's worried what Disney will do to her intellectual property, she is especially discomfited by the Winnie-the-Pooh doll.
    Travers: Poor A. A. Milne.
    • As she chucks a giant Mickey plush off to the side of her bedroom:
      Travers: You can stay over there until you learn the art of subtlety.
    • The best part of that scene is that she doesn't throw the Mickey plush, she deliberately (and firmly) sets him down facing the corner, as one might a naughty child.
  • After Travers goes on a tirade about how Mary Poppins is the enemy of sentiment and whimsy, after hearing an early draft of "A Spoonful of Sugar":
    Walt: No whimsy or sentiment, says the woman who sent a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children.
    • When, to this, Travers asks if they really think she's there to save the children, they all look at each other with a "Wha...? Duh, who else is she supposed to save?" look.
  • "SHE'S LAYING!" It's not supposed to be, but let's not kid ourselves here.
  • "She's dancing with Don!"
  • A meta-example: Although the reason for it ends up being quite sad (her father coughing up blood in the days before his death), Travers's insistence that she wants the color red to feature nowhere in the film ("I'm just anti-red, I don't know why!") becomes hilarious when you re-watch Mary Poppins and see just how often red ends up featuring prominently in it (particularly Mary's dress during the chimney-sweep rooftop sequence).
    • The initial reason presented for the red or lack thereof is also hilarious. The camera turns to Robert, who's prominently wearing a red vest and whom she hasn't gotten along with at all.
    • Note that Travers is wearing red lipstick IN THAT SCENE, and also has red toenails when you see her in the hotel room, and she continues to wear red off and on throughout the movie.
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  • Anything involving the giant Mickey plush. Particularly near the end as you discover she's taken it home and has it sitting at her kitchen table.
  • Disney's poor naive secretary tries her best with Mrs. Travers but is always the butt of her barbs; "If you even think about bringing that trolley in here I shall scream!"
  • When Travers hears "Let's Go Fly A Kite'" she tries to replace it with "Let us go and fly a kite." She then goes back on it. Also Crowning Moment of Awesome for the Shermans for having Pamela agreeing with them
  • When the Sherman Brothers and Degradi explain that they've made Mrs. Banks a suffragette to give her a reason for not being more active in the children's lives.
    Travers: "Are you suggesting that Mrs. Banks is a neglectful mother?"
    Richard and Don hem and haw, but Robert just says...
    Robert: "Yup!"
  • Everything involving Walt taking Travers on a trip to Disneyland. Turns out he had a bet to see if he could get Travers onto a ride, and he won $20.
    • "Get on the horse, Pamela."
    • Travers' reaction to finding out she's going to Disneyland, mostly because you simply don't have that reaction to finding out you're going to Disneyland, especially with Walt Disney himself.
  • The interactions between Ms. Travers and the Sherman Brothers push this film towards a comedy. the stark contrast between the personalities really makes for some very humorous moments. her dry wit at their expense.
  • The whole "Let's go Fly a Kite" scene, especially when they're reenacting the scene in which it takes place.
    • Also the silent Flat "What" Walt gives when his secretary tells him what's happening.
  • Ms. Travers sending Robert Sherman from the room after one of their disagreements. He may have been a father himself but the way he leaves the studio smacks of an angry child being sent off to their bedroom, after having a tantrum.
  • The smug smile of Walt's secretary when he walks in following Travers' secret return to the studio.
  • Don DaGradi sketching a caricature of Mrs. Travers saying, "No! No! No!", his, Richard, and Robert's impression of her.
  • When the animated penguins prove too much and Travers goes home, Disney is given a copy of her plane ticket... only to ask who Helen Goff is. The secretary answers that's Travers' real name, and that she is actually Australian.
    Disney: Have I been talking to the wrong person...?
  • Disney and Travers' first meeting:
  • Travers' reaction when she opens the door of her London home to find Walt Disney standing on her doorstep.


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