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  • A 2019 commercial for the iPhone XR promoted its long battery life by showing people falling asleep while watching stuff on their phones, accompanied by the song "Stay Awake".
  • Coca-Cola's 2021 holiday spot, titled "Chimney", prominently features "Chim-Chim-Cher-ee" in its score.

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  • Chapter 13 of Just An Errant Thought, by kgfinkel, is titled "Practically Perfect In Every Way". Seems Minerva McGonagall spent some time as an actress before becoming a Hogwarts teacher, under the stage name Julie Andrews.

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Films — Live-Action

  • Argylle: Bakunin mentions Darth Vader is like Mary Poppins when compared to the Division.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: As Yondu escapes from an exploding ship by grabbing onto his arrow, Peter comments that he looks like Mary Poppins.
    Yondu: Is he cool?
    Peter: [beat] Hell yeah, he's cool.
    Yondu: I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!
  • Jingle All the Way: When Howard Langston hides out from Officer Hummell in a building, he gets mistaken for the actor playing Turbo Man in the Wintertainment Parade, and runs into the actor playing Booster. When Howard tells the actor playing Booster that he knows who Booster is, the actor playing Booster tells him "Yeah, and who the hell do you think you are, Mary Poppins?!"
  • Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.: Just before bolting from the native girls, Crusoe sings a bit of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" to entertain them. Doubles as an Actor Allusion, since Dick Van Dyke plays the lead.
  • Saving Mr. Banks: The film is about the conflicts between P. L. Travers and Walt Disney that happened while the film was in development.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: The penguins are waiters at the Ink & Paint Club.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: Professor Charles Xavier subtly acknowledges that he's somewhat like Mary Poppins because he uses her line "Spit spot" when he orders the children to go back to bed — he's a (half-)Brit with an authoritative maternal side.
  • Blue Iguana (2018): When Katherine takes a long time to dig the money out of her bag, Eddie grumbles, "Christ, what is this, a Mary Poppins bag?"
  • And then thanks to the Snatch. we learn that Mary Poppins has become a shorthand for London itself - even for American gangsters:
    Avi: [Irritated] Yes, London. You know; fish, chips, cup o'tea? Bad food, worse weather. Mary Fucking Poppins. London!
    • ...and not only in this one, either: yet another gangster hailing from America in yet another film by Guy Ritchie, The Gentlemen, muses how after retirement he'll have "a spoonful of caviar to make my medicine go down" (an obvious Shout-Out to the "A Spoonful of Sugar to Make The Medicine Go Down" song of the Mary Poppins movie).


  • In Good Omens, Crowley wants to put one of his people in a position of influence over young Warlock. He considers using a hurricane to blow away all the other candidates for the nanny position, but settles for a tube strike.
  • While Lupin takes his wolfsbane potion in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he quips that a spoonful of sugar won’t help it go down.
  • In Hogfather, Susan, having discovered to her horror that her no-nonsense attitude and lack of Weirdness Censor make her a good governess, swears that if she ever finds herself dancing across the rooftops, she will beat herself to death with her own umbrella.

Live-Action TV

  • Saturday Night Live:
    • A key party sketch has one of the female participants, Carol (Horatio Sanz) choose "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as her safe word, only to mispronounce it twice.
    • A sketch starring Anne Hathaway as Mary Poppins finally defines "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious": a fatal liver disease, which Mary Poppins contracted, then sexually spread to Bert (Bill Hader) and Constable Jones (Will Forte).
  • In the Doctor Who story "Dead Water"/"Death in Heaven", Missy floats down from the sky using an umbrella as a parachute, in her usual Edwardian clothes.
  • The TV adaptation of Good Omens, keeps the "hurricane vs. tube strike" gag, although in it Warlock's nanny is actually Crowley in a dress.


  • The famous Sun back page headline when Inverness Caledonian Thistle (known as "Caley" for short) unexpectedly beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup: "Super Caley Go Ballistic, Celtic Are Atrocious".


  • In the "Songbook" round in I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, the teams will sometimes try to get a convoluted pun on "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", for instance, in Police Songbook: "Superintendent tells old lag 'Your alibi's atrocious'".

Video Games

  • Angry Birds 2: The pig enemy that uses a Parasol Parachute dons a Mary Poppins hat and umbrella.
  • The mission "A Spoonful of Syrup" in Assassin's Creed Syndicate is a clear reference to the song "Spoonful of Sugar".
  • Goosebumps HorrorTown have two characters quoting the film:
    Nat: With a bit of paper and strings, you can have your own set of wings!
    Pat: Let's go fly a kite!
  • Hay Day has a Farm Visitor named Mary who wears a red dress, hat, and carries a purse and umbrella.
  • Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc: In "The Longest Shortcut", while attempting to open the doors, among other things, Globox can be heard calling out "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"

Web Comics

  • In Housepets!, when King is looking for a puppysitter, resident mystic Tarot comes flying by with an umbrella, in a full Mary Poppins outfit. They then share an awkward greeting and she moves on.
  • Sheldon: In this strip, Sheldon and Arthur watch the film. After hearing the song "Feed the Birds", Arthur comments that his breakfast at Denny's was not "tuppence a bag" but rather eight bucks.
  • In Skin Horse, the English-accented swarm of bees Gavotte has been heard to use the phrase "spit-spot".

Web Video

  • Honest Trailers: The film was given its own trailer to coincide with the release of Mary Poppins Returns.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • At the end of his Batman & Robin review, the Critic sums up his disdain to the tune of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
    • In his review of Cool as Ice, the Critic intercuts a scene where the movie appears to fast-forward itself, with the Mary Poppins scene where the nursery seems to go out of control, complete with Mary Poppins exclaiming, "When you've quite finished!" before the Cool as Ice scene ends.
    • At the end of his Quest for Camelot review, Critic shoots Mary Poppins and Bert in a fit of blind rage.
    • In his review of Mr. Nanny, "Let's Go Fly a Kite" starts playing as Sean leaves the house.
  • Sam & Mickey:
    • "Barbie's Mother" begins with a drunken Barbie singing, "Just a spoonful of vodka helps the whiskey go down!"
    • The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #4 has Yasmin attempt to direct a stage production of Mary Poppins.

Western Animation

  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: In "Professor Calamitous, I Presume", the Professor (piloting a robotic mecha) goes to Jimmy's house and tells Hugh that he's come to clean the chimney.
    Hugh: You're a chimney sweep! Oh, that's just grand, like the guy in the movie! Do you sing and dance?
    Calamitous: That costs extra.
    Hugh: Ah, it always does. Never mind.
  • Daria: In "Arts 'n Crass", Mr. O'Neil reminds Daria and Jane, "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!" Jane retorts, "Not if you're diabetic."
  • Dexter's Laboratory: In "Mandarker", Mandark's summons a monster with the magic chant "Chim-chiminy-cher-oo!"
  • The Fairly OddParents!: In "A Bad Case of Diary-Uh", Vicky's British crush flies with an umbrella.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Lethal Weapons", Lois declares during a martial arts class, "I'm cutting loose, just like Julie Andrews did in that movie where she showed her breasts!". In the ensuing cutaway, Mary Poppins flashes the Banks children, after Michael asks if she loves them. He dryly compliments her bust, but admits that it doesn't answer his question.
    • A Cutaway Gag from "Padre de Familia" has Peter's new job as a nanny go wrong when he crushes Jane and Michael, causing him to vomit and hide their corpses under the bed.
  • Futurama: In "The Duh-Vinci Code", a scene on Planet Vinci features a woman is seen with a flyingdevice like Mary Poppins' umbrella.
  • House of Mouse:
    • The penguins are the club's waiting staff.
    • In "Goofy for a Day", Goofy sings a parody of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" to help Max be a better waiter.
    • In "Mickey vs. Shelby", Mickey's pursuit of Baby Shelby on the club's roof turns into a parody of the "Step in Time" scene.
  • In How Murray Saved Christmas, Dr. Holliday gives Santa's diagnosis in song and dance:
    Dr. Holliday: [singing] Superficial fractures of his little baby toeses, His ears moved south, and now his mouth is pushed up where his nose is,
    I'm prescribing aspirin in super-megadoses, for superficial fractures of his little baby toeses.
  • Kaeloo:
    • In Episode 85, Kaeloo floats down from the sky with an umbrella like Mary Poppins.
    • In Episode 87, Kaeloo asks Olaf since when emperor penguins are waiters, and he responds with "since Mary Poppins".
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Twilight's Kingdom (Part 1)", Discord floats down with an umbrella while dressed as Mary Poppins.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Perry's entrance to his lair is Different in Every Episode. In "The Inator Method", he channels Bert during "Chim Chim Cheree".
  • The Simpsons:
    • The episode "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" is an extended parody of this film.
    Sharry Bobbins: Hello. My name is Sharry Bobbins.
    Homer: Did you say "Mary Po—"
    • In "The Regina Monologues", an establishing shot of England features a swarm of flying nannies with umbrellas.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", Babs does an impression of Mary Poppins as she exclaims "Stevacalifragilisticexpialidocious!" upon greeting Steven Spielberg.
  • In The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse, during the "Spring Cleaning" segment, the chimney sweeps make a cameo appearance.