Mary Poppins (film)

Mary Poppins
Theatrical release poster
Art by Paul Wenzel[1][2]
Directed byRobert Stevenson
Screenplay by
Based onMary Poppins
by P. L. Travers
Produced byWalt Disney
CinematographyEdward Colman
Edited byCotton Warburton
Music byRichard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution Company, Inc.
Release dates
Running time
139 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States
Budget$4.4–6 million[5]
Box office$103.1 million[6]

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, based on P. L. Travers's book series Mary Poppins. The film, which combines live-action and animation, stars Julie Andrews in her feature film debut as Mary Poppins, who visits a dysfunctional family in London and employs her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family's dynamic. Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, and Glynis Johns are featured in supporting roles. The film was shot entirely at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, using painted London background scenes.[7]

Mary Poppins was released on August 27, 1964, to critical acclaim and commercial success. It became the highest-grossing film of 1964 and, at the time of its release, was Disney's highest-grossing film ever. It received a total of 13 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture – a record for any film released by Walt Disney Studios – and won five: Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for "Chim Chim Cher-ee". Mary Poppins is considered Walt Disney's crowning live-action achievement and is the only one of his films which earned a Best Picture nomination during his lifetime.[7] In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[8]

A biographical drama on the making of the film, Saving Mr. Banks, was released on October 20, 2013. A sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, was released on December 19, 2018.[9][10]

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  2. ^ "Art of the Stamp". Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Archived from the original on August 14, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Mary Poppins at the American Film Institute Catalog
  4. ^ "Mary Poppins (U)". British Board of Film Classification. October 9, 1964. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
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  6. ^ "Mary Poppins (1964)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on October 31, 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Walt Disney". American Experience. Season 27. Episode 4–5. PBS. September 2015. Archived from the original on April 21, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "Library of Congress announces 2013 National Film Registry selections". The Washington Post (Press release). December 18, 2013. Archived from the original on June 10, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 10, 2018). "'Indiana Jones 5' Shifts To 2021, 'Mary Poppins Returns' Moves Up A Week & More Disney Release-Date Moves". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Mulroy, Zahra; Rodgers, James (March 4, 2018). "Why Julie Andrews won't be starring in Mary Poppins movie". Birmingham Mail. Archived from the original on March 5, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.

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