Mary Poppins Returns is full of references to the original movie. Rob Marshall's movie is, of course, the sequel to Disney's 1964 Mary Poppins, revisiting the now grown up Banks children, Jane and Michael, who are in need of some assistance from their former nanny.
54 years have passed since the original movie's release (but only about 20 or so in movie time), and Mary Poppins is now played by Emily Blunt, with Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw playing Jane and Michael. This time, instead of chimney sweep Bert (Dick Van Dyke) joining Mary Poppins and the children on their adventures, its lamplighter Jack (Lin Manuel-Miranda). The result is a familiar, albeit sadder, twist on the tale that follows Star Wars: The Force Awakens' approach to legacy-quels.
As a result, Mary Poppins Returns pays more than a homage to the original film. Here's every reference you might have missed in the new movie.
The Admiral's Canon
Admiral Boom still lives next door to the Banks family on Cherry Tree Lane in Mary Poppins Returns. Along with Mr. Binnacle, he fires his canon from the top of his roof, every hour. He appears to have fallen out of sync over the years, though, and is a little bit late each time in the sequel, though he accuses Big Ben of being too early. Just as in Mary Poppins, the Banks family are well used to this happening, and they deftly catch every ornament, trinket and piece of furniture just in time to prevent a catastrophe.
Michael's Childhood Toys
One of the most endearing yet sad scenes of Mary Poppins Returns comes when Michael (Ben Whishaw) is alone in the attic, looking for his bank shares certificate. He becomes distracted by all the old artifacts around him, and a lot of them are related to his time with Mary Poppins. There's the snow globe of St Paul's Cathedral, which Mary held as she sang "Feed the Birds," the building blocks that arranged themselves in the nursery during "Spoonful of Sugar," and the patched-up kite that George Banks eventually flew with his children during "Let's Go Fly a Kite." When Georgie later finds the kite, we see that it still has Winifred Banks' "Votes for Women" sash as the tail.
Winds In The East...
It's well known that Mary Poppins arrives when the wind changes to the east, and she stays until it changes again. That's no different in Mary Poppins Returns. The wind picks up; so much so that Jack has to help Georgie hold on to his kite. Suddenly, through the clouds and the strong breeze, everyone's favorite nanny appears, just as she did in Mary Poppins; heels together, holding onto her umbrella and carpet bag.
Mary Poppins' Magical Accessories
Whether the nanny is truly magical or not is up for debate, but she certainly seems to possess two magical items in Mary Poppins Returns, which she also owned in Mary Poppins. Her talking umbrella in the shape of a parrot seems even more cheeky this time around, and Georgie loves it. Then there's her carpet bag which seems to have never-ending depth. She can pull all sorts of things out of it, from hat stands to magical bubble bath.
Some Children Never Change
Most children lose a lot of their childhood habits or behaviors as they grow into adults, but when Mary Poppins reappears in Mary Poppins Returns, Jane and Michael immediately revert back to being kids again. Michael stands there, open-mouthed, prompting Mary to say "close your mouth please, Michael, we are still not a codfish," an amusing reference to the original movie. Jane then giggles, making Mary roll her eyes and remark how she's still prone to being giggly.
Mary Poppins' Reflection
Another nod to the original Mary Poppins - or perhaps just a nod to the fact that this is indeed the same character as she's always been - comes with Mary's reflection. It's a moment that will make fans smile, expertly played by Emily Blunt; Mary admires her reflection in the mirror, pats her hair, and turns away. However, her reflection lingers, just as Julie Andrews' did, and gives a knowing smile and satisfactory glance at the back of herself as she goes.
Mary Poppins Has Another (Geographically-Correct) Robin
Another hat tip to Andrews' version of Mary Poppins comes in Blunt's Mary Poppins' attire. Many will remember that during "Spoonful of Sugar," Mary reaches outside for a robin to hop onto her finger. She then brings it into the nursery, where it whistles a harmony as she sings about "a robin feathering its nest." There's no animatronic robin in Mary Poppins Returns, but take a look at her hat, where you'll see a small robin perched on the brim. Importantly, this is a British robin, in contrast to the original's more American breed.
- Mary Poppins Returns (2018) release date: Dec 19, 2018