Michael Rooker has become most known in recent years for his portrayal of Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead and Yondu from the Guardians of the Galaxy films. Both characters served up unintentional comedy due to certain scenes that were written into both works.
In the case of Yondu, one of the most memorable scenes that has taken fans by storm was a certain exchange that occurred between Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Yondu near the conclusion of the film. That line, of course was Yondu saying, “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!” - which, when combined with Rooker’s delivery took the internet by storm.
Recently, Screen Rant had the chance to chat with Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer, and Rooker at a press conference, to discuss the upcoming Robot Chicken Walking Dead special among other topics, like Yondu Mary Poppins. When it was revealed that Rooker could sing and had been asked to sing in the upcoming Walking Dead special, the question was then asked whether or not the team had utilized Rooker to tackle the popular internet sensation of Yondu Mary Poppins for the upcoming ninth season of Robot Chicken.
Unfortunately, due to the timing of the film’s release coinciding with the production of Robot Chicken’s season coming to a close, it was too late to try to throw together a Yondu Mary Poppins moment for season 9. However, during the press conference, Rooker and the creative team did offer up an impromptu pitch for how to introduce Yondu Mary Poppins into the world of Robot Chicken:
“The kids are really bad and I just want to give them a spoonful of sugar. This feels like a straightforward pitch. This new caretaker is going to set you right. The door opens and it’s Yondu Poppins going, “Hello, children.'"
No one had really anticipated that the Mary Poppins line was going to take off in popularity, including Rooker and director James Gunn. Gunn has even commented on how he threw the line in during the initial writing phase to make the scene seem more heroic, not even knowing that it was going to have such a huge impact on the fan base.
Unfortunately, due to how long the show takes to create and how heavily it relies on current pop culture to formulate jokes, the likelihood that we will actually see Yondu Mary Poppins come to fruition on Robot Chicken is low. Fans can still dream that Green and Co. will use Rooker's impromptu pitch and create something for Yondu fans everywhere to enjoy later on down the road.
Robot Chicken season 9 is expected in the fall of 2017 on Adult Swim.