We’ve been having a few family movie nights lately. Last week we watched “Saving Mr. Banks“, which is about the work Disney put into securing the rights to make the Mary Poppins movie. Saving Mr. Banks inspired us last night to watch “Mary Poppins“.
I don’t recall ever watching Marry Poppins before, but most of the songs from this 50 year old movie were familiar – I remember as a child being taught by my Mum how to pronounce and sing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious“. I was really surprised at how good the special-effects were, for a movie made before modern computer generated graphics, especially combining live action with animation. I’m not normally a big fan of musicals (chick-flicks!), but watching Saving Mr. Banks the week before put Mary Poppins into context and made it more interesting.
Both movies are family friendly, with all three kids watching them with us. Only 5 year old Karla falling asleep towards the end and 11 year old Brad showing some boredom with the music in Mary Poppins. We had no complaints from 14 year old Josh.