Mary Poppins Returns: Director Rob Marshall On Balancing Homage And Originality

Jane (Emily Mortimer), John (Nathanael Saleh), Annabel (Pixie Davies), Ellen (Julie Walters). Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) Georgie (Joel Dawson) and Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) in Disney’s original musical MARY POPPINS RETURNS, a sequel to the 1964 MARY POPPINS which takes audiences on an entirely new adventure with the practically-perfect nanny and the Banks family.


I must admit that when I first heard Disney were moving ahead with a sequel to Mary Poppins I was rather taken aback. Mary Poppins was released way back in 1964 and unless I am mistaken this may be the longest time yet between a movie and its sequel releasing as Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters this week. (If I have missed another longer sequel somewhere let me know in the comments.)

That’s 54 years between the original movie and its sequel and with a completely different cast playing some of the iconic characters. When a movie is as revered and deserving of classic status as Mary Poppins is, (yeah I’m a fan from childhood) then it can become a case of striking the balance between paying homage to the original and also producing an effective sequel that can stand on its own.

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LRM recently attended a press conference for Mary Poppins Returns and director Rob Marshall was asked about striking that particular balance, here is what he told the associated press.

“And so we were looking for that balance throughout the entire time we were working on this film and, you know, I use myself as a barometer I have to say because I thought well, you know, what would I want to see? I would want to – if I came to a sequel to Mary Poppins I would want to see an animation sequence with live action and I would want it to be hand drawn in a 2D world.  I would want to see that. I would want Cherry Tree Lane to have a curve to it because that’s the Cherry Tree Lane we all know.  I would feel disappointed if it was a straight street.   I mean it was as simple as that although we were finding our new way. “

I have heard from a few early reviewers that at times Mary Poppins Returns can veer a little too much towards homage for them. Until I see the movie myself, which I hope to do with my family over the holidays I cannot say whether I will find the balance is right or not.

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SOURCE: Mary Poppins Returns Press Conference

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