Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of “Chicago,” “Nine” and “Into the Woods,” and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 19 — with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.
Thanks to Disney Studios we were able to receive an advance copy to review the fabulous bonus feature material for you!
•Deleted Song—“The Anthropomorphic Zoo” – In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places. We get to see the rough draft of that the sequence would look like.
•The Practically Perfect Making of “Mary Poppins Returns” – Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
◦Introduction – Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.” Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and a Meryl Streep share their experience of watching Mary Poppins and how it filled them with wonder. They used the love the had for the film to create something to share with the world. Rob Marshal explains how he used his experience on Broadway to create and choreograph the musical numbers. Thai rehearsal took 8 intense weeks. Sound stages looked like Broadway boot camps as various scenes were being practiced at once.
◦“(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” – Discover how the team mined PL Travers’ books for a fresh perspective on a much-loved character. Production designer John Myrhe explains just how much research he did prior to creating the iconic Cherry Tree Lane. They took the extra steps to make it look and feel real from the trees to the bricks on the houses. Emily Blunt shares how she came to embody this character and were introduced to Lin’s character and the three children.
◦“Can You Imagine That?” – Be on location for Mary’s iconic entrance from the sky, and explore the movie’s original songs, inspired by the Sherman Brothers. Seeing as how the last time we saw Mary Poppins she was floating away with her umbrella, it made sense to reintroduce her by flying her back down. Emily Blunt was places on a wire rig over 45 feet in the air to make her grand entrance on a kite. We also get to see the orchestra create the new music that is weaves into the film as the children learn new lessons. It’s a treat the see the original score be recorded at the legendary Abbey Studios.
◦“Nowhere to Go but Up” – Experience being on set with the legendary Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the right balloon! There really are no prefect words to explain the feelings the cast and crew experiences working with such Disney legends as everyone explains how they grew up watching Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury.
•Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins Returns” – Go behind the scenes and experience the film’s production numbers from a new angle. We get treated to different featurettes for some of the special nautical numbers from the film
◦“Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film’s biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more! This piece follows in the steps of “Step in Time” from the original film and was a huge undertaking to complete. The danders along with Lin-Manuel spent a week and a half to get this scene competed. It’s is a joyous number with so much fun that’s comes just at the perfect point of the film.
◦“The Royal Doulton Music Hall” / “A Cover Is Not the Book” – Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins! This set was filmed in London and the cast worked mostly against a green screen as they tired to match the fantastical world from the chalk sequence in the original film. It was the first time the animators worked alongside real life actors as they created the animated characters. We can see just why it took over a year to put this science together with everything that’s going on.
◦“Turning Turtle” – Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down. Meryl explains just what a challenge it was to film an entire scene in an updated down room. Production designer John Myhre explains how nothing is ok CG but really there, bolted into the ceiling.
◦“Can You Imagine That?” – Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created. This is the first time the children interact with the magic of Mary Poppins as she convinces then to use their imagination. We get to see how the underwater sequence was created using parts CGI parts wire work.
•Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns – Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr. This featurette lets the current cast talk about working with the legend that is Dick Van Dyke and what a “light force” he was. His presence helped the cast connect to the original Mary Poppins. We see him take a tour of the new set featuring Cherry Tree Lane and take a trip down memory lane.
•Practically Perfect Bloopers – There’s nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!
•Deleted Scenes In these section, we get to see just a little bit more of some of the already existing scenes from the film.
◦Leaving Topsy’s – After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
◦“Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie’s biggest musical production.
•Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
Overall, Mary Poppins Returns delivers on the bonus material. Even though we only get 1 hours worth, it is jam packed with wonder and fantastic behind the scenes peeks that make you want to rewatch it over and over again.
Be sure to get your copy today!