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[Mary Poppins author P.L.] Travers was a feisty, stereotype-breaking bisexual — a single mom who adopted a baby in her 40s, studied Zen meditation in Kyoto, and was publishing erotica about her silky underwear 10 years before Walt had sketched his mouse. Now that’s a character worth slapping on-screen, instead of this stiff British stereotype determined to steal joy from future generations of children. With her longtime girlfriend and then-adult son erased, this frigid Travers seems like she may not even know how babies are made. Maybe Mary Poppins could sing her a song about it.

Why does it matter that Saving Mr. Banks sabotages its supposed heroine? Because in a Hollywood where men still pen 85 percent of all films, there’s something sour in a movie that roots against a woman who asserted her artistic control by asking to be a co-screenwriter. (Another battle she lost — Mary Poppins’ opening credits list Travers as merely a “consultant.”) Just as slimy is the sense that this film, made by a studio conglomerate in a Hollywood dominated by studio conglomerates, is tricking us into cheering for the corporation over the creator.



-Amy Nicholson, on why Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks Is a “Corporate, Borderline-Sexist Spoonful of Lies”. (via infectedworldmind)

welp there goes my interest in the film

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I was wondering, given the truth about Travers’ disgust with Disney, how Disney was even willing to make such a film.

Now I get it.


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Dick Van Dyke had his heart set on playing Mr. Dawes, Sr. in Mary Poppins, and said they didn’t have to pay him anything extra, he just really wanted to do it for the fun. Although Walt Disney had offered him the part of Bert right out, he made him audition for the part of Mr. Dawes, Sr.   

While viewing a make-up test for Van Dyke in the projection room, Disney saw him entertaining crew members on the test film between takes with some comic routines, among them the “stepping down” routine of an old man trying to step off a curb without hurting himself. The test film not only convinced Disney to cast Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes, Sr., but Walt specifically requested that crew members “build a six-inch riser on the board room set so Dick can do that stepping-down routine” in the film.   

Fun Fact: On the Mary Poppins 40th anniversary DVD commentary, Dick Van Dyke revealed that after they did the makeup test, he went for a walk on the Disney backlot. Spying a tourist tour bus, he tried out his “stepping-down routine” on the curb, and inched his way across the street, causing the tour bus to wait for him until he reached the other side. As the bus drove off, he waited a few seconds before breaking out into a sprint, running along side the bus in full old-man makeup, his cane gripped in his hand.


There’s an amazing episode in the early seasons of Diagnosis Murder where he plays himself and several of his own relatives. Like three or four others?! And I’m pretty sure there are no other characters in the episode.

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Did you know these are the same dancers from the Chimney scene in Mary Poppins!?!

Still defining epic, after all these years.

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blows my mind

Accoriding to imdb, only one of them is, but two of them were in West Side Story together. <3 (Feel free to point me to any other sources, but I’ve never seen any.)

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You know I never noticed the blue socks before. SHEER AWESOMENESS.

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