New MARY POPPINS RETURNS Stills Dazzle And Delight

It's Mary Poppins, y'all!

After the billion-dollar success of Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast, which re-imagined the popular animated film as a full-on musical in the vein of MGM’s output in the 1940’s and 1950’s, I imagine that Disney is nothing but confident in Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns, a long-gap sequel to one of their most beloved features. Though not scheduled for release until next Christmas, the fine folks at Entertainment Weekly just dropped some gorgeous new stills from the movie, as well as some behind-the-scenes images and concept art. Let’s take a look.

 

 

 

What Marshall and his team appear to be aiming for with Mary Poppins Returns, at least from a visual perspective, is “eye-poppingly colorful.” The movie teased here is a bright one, retaining the look of the original film but upping the contrast up by at least 100%. And I gotta say, it’s working for me. In a world of grey-toned blockbusters, anything that looks even remotely colorful gets a huge pass from me. And while I imagine that any influence was most likely minimal, the still I used for the header image is giving me serious La La Land vibes.

Another thing that’s in the film’s favor is the cast, which is absolutely stacked. Besides Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, and Meryl Streep, who are all present in the stills, the cast also includes Julie Walters, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and even Dick Van Dyke himself. Everything there points to this being a winner.

Here is the synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns:

In 1935, during the era of the Great Depression in the United Kingdom, the now grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by their former nanny following a family tragedy that left them numb and joyless.

Mary Poppins Returns flies into theaters on December 25th, 2018.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

  • Andrew Clark

    The color is REALLY exciting to me. I don’t necessarily need a Mary Poppins sequel, but if I do get one, I hope its cartoonish and fun and full of good values and snooty British people learning the value of a laugh.

    • Something

      I do absolutely love the story they’re going with (Poppins coming back to help the Banks family through a tragic event). We’ll see how it goes.

      • Andrew Clark

        It definitely raises the stakes. I also wonder if or how they’ll engage with the looming spectre of WWII on the horizon for the country. Getting the families hopes up just before the largest conflict in human history could be tricky.

        • The post-WWII sequel will be called MARY POPPINS: THE REVENGE.

          • Andrew Clark

            I’m pretty cool on Moore’s later LoEG books but something I kind of adored was that Mary Poppins was an all-powerful God-figure.

        • jeves23

          Shared universe with BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS?

  • YayMayorBee

    The accompanying article points to an intriguing theme for the movie–Mary Poppins “lights the way” out of grief for the Banks family. It certainly, uh, illuminates Lin Manuel’s lamplighter role.

    Also, I did not realize that the musical team here did the music for HAIRSPRAY. That’s very exciting because I think HAIRSPRAY’s songs are really underrated.

    • Something

      I adore HAIRSPRAY and I’m very very very excited to hear what that team did for the score.

    • Andrew Clark

      Shaiman and Whitman are certainly a talented pair (and I got to do a concert with Marc Shaiman and he is the biggest sweetheart), although apparently their work on the recent WILLY WONKA musical was really subpar. They turned Willy Wonka from an enigmatic weirdo into an arrogant dick.

      • YayMayorBee

        Welp. Everyone makes mistakes. Hopefully WONKA was the exception and not the rule.

  • jeves23

    I really love the colour we are seeing here. Rob Marshall is, I was going to say hit or miss but looking at his IMDB reveals he is mostly miss, so I have concerns. However, his hits* are of the musical variety, so that once again bodes well for this.

    *I haven’t seen INTO THE WOODS, but i’ve heard decent things about it, and I really like CHICAGO.

  • I had a momentary panic while I mixed up Marshall with Tom Hooper in my head.
    I thought Into The Woods was quite well done so I feel pretty confident he’ll wring something good out of this.