Nov 29

“Mary Poppins,” practically perfect in every way

Family flick “Mary Poppins” is a magical, musical movie adventure

Magical nanny Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) serenades a robin in the Disney classic.

Mary Poppins, it must be said, is the perfect childcare provider.

She’s strict, but fair. Her manners are impeccable, her wardrobe exquisitely tailored. And her sweet, sunny disposition is matched only by her steely resolve.

Did I mention that she can solve just about any problem with a spoonful of magical medicine and a quick song-and-dance number?

The proof lies with the classic Disney movie musical “Mary Poppins.”

The setting in 1910 London, and emotionally distant banker George Banks (Disney regular David Tomlinson) and his dizzy suffragette wife (Glynis Johns) have no time for their mischievous offspring.

Instead, parenting duties have fallen to a series of nannies — each more terrorized than the rest.

Jane (Karen Dotrice ) and Michael (Matthew Garber) have just sent their last nanny packing when the magical Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) arrives at their doorstep.

Before you know it, they’re zooming up banisters, feeding pigeons and going on enchanted chalk-painting outings with Mary and her chimney sweep friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke, sporting sooty cheeks and a terrible Cockney accent). If only this super-nanny had the same magical effect on her young wards’ parents …

Based on the beloved British children’s books by P.L. Travers, “Mary Poppins” celebrates the power of imagination and the importance of family through a series of delightful musical numbers.

The 1964 musical won a whopping five Oscars, including a statuette for screen newcomer¬† Julie Andrews and two more for Richard and Robert Sherman’s charming score. It’d be hard to find a more winning family film.

“Mary Poppins” screens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fremont theater, 1025 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. Tickets are $7.50.

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1 comment

  1. David Middlecamp

    Is she the reason all of today’s reality nanny shows have an English accent?

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