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Mary Poppins

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
7.62 /10
Julie Andrews , Dick Van Dyke , David Tomlinson
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Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Written by: Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi from P.L. Travers's books. Music, lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman

Released: 1964
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 139


A governess (Julie Andrews) takes charge of two children in 1910 London, and turns out to have magical powers.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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I loved the original book so much as a child that I cringed when I saw this Disneyfied version of it. Even more embarrassing than the cuteness is Dick Van Dyke's cockney accent, the most diabolical ever preserved on celluloid. Although Julie Andrews is fresh, lovely and technically proficient, she's too young for the role (her Oscar was clearly a way of compensating her for losing the leading role in My Fair Lady ); the supporting characters are unmemorable; and the once magical special effects now look primitive. Despite all those reservations, this is a much-loved musical; some of the songs are catchy; and most kids love it. It won Oscars for Best Song (Chim-Chim-Cheree ), original musical score, editing and visual effects. Also nominated were Edward Colman's cinematography, the costume design, art direction, adapted musical score, and sound.

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