Jolly Holiday, Mary Poppins!

Put down the mirror, Diva, you look beautiful!

mary poppins

Two days ago, Disney released “Mary Poppins” 50th Anniversary blu-ray DVD. This classic feature films production became an epic story in itself. That story has been constructed into a new film, “Saving Mr. Banks”, a widely anticipated movie about the making of “Mary Poppins”, which opens in theaters on December 20th.

Mary Poppins

The movie “Mary Poppins” was released on August 26th, 1964, earning $28.5 million in 1965, making it the most profitable film that year. It took Walt Disney over 14 years to convince P.L. Traver’s, the author of the “Mary Poppins” books, to sign over the rights to the studio and create this film. But more on that with “Saving Mr. Banks“!

 Now it’s time for some fun movie quirks and facts!

1.) Have trouble catching all the names Bert spiels out in “Jolly Holiday”? It’s quick, but here they are:

Mavis and Sybil have ways that are wending

Prudence and Gwendolyn set your heart spinning

Phoebe delightful

Maude is disarming

Janis, Felicia, Lydia charming

Cynthia dashing

Vivian’s sweet

Stephanie smashing

Priscilla a treat

Veronica, Millicent, Agnes, Jane convivial company time and again

Doris, Phyllis, Glynis of sorts, I`ll agree are three jolly good sports

But, cream of the crop, tip of the top, it`s Mary Poppins and there we stop.


2.) Mary Poppins and Mrs. Banks never speak to each other in the film.


3.) The “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” song was written by the Sherman Brothers, and they have said they created this funny word in two weeks. It might sound like gibberish, but it actually means something very sweet. In the film, it’s defined as “Something to say when you have nothing to say”. Here’s the actual breakdown:

super- “above”

cali- “beauty”

fragilistic- “delicate”

expiali- “to atone”,

and docious- “educable”

The sum of these parts signifying roughly “Atoning for educability through delicate beauty.”



…You’re singing it now, aren’t you? 😉

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