A magical nanny comes to care for two children and
teach their father the meaning of family along the way.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Directed by Robert Stevenson
Written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi
Starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Karen Dotrice,
Matthew Garber, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns,
Hermione Baddeley, Reta Shaw
Based on the books by P.L. Travers
Oscar Wins - Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Film Editing,
Best Visual Effects, Best Original Song (Chim Chim Cher-ee),
Best Original Score (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Director,
Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design,
Best Sound Mixing
I think I speak for virtually everyone when I say that Mary Poppins is a Disney icon and one of the most enjoyable and heartfelt family films of all time. Made iconic by Julie Andrews, the character of Mary Poppins is the nanny we all wish we'd had as a child. The wonder, the magic, and all the marvelous fun make this film a childhood staple for all.
Of course, the impeccable Julie Andrews was the only one who could bring Mary Poppins to life. Alongside the always cheerful and entertaining Dick Van Dyke (I can excuse the atrocious Cockney accent), the pair make this film a joy to watch and help it live on for decades to come. The songs and animation sequences have since become iconic and this film nestles nicely into the Disney filmography.
If you or your children have not yet seen this film, I urge you to show them the magic of Mary Poppins. There's a great lesson about loving one's family that everyone can relate to and you may just find your imagination along the way.