Like any boy with a slightly theatrical bent, I had a bit of a Julie Andrews obsession when I was younger. As far as I was concerned, girlfriend could do no wrong. I first came across Ms. Andrews’ angelic visage in the Rogers and Hammerstein classic, The Sound of Music, in which she played the plucky nun-turned-governess Maria Von Trapp. Although that film had its own sort of impact on my young self (you could often find me reenacting the Hills Are Alive scene around my back yard), I don’t think I’m alone in saying that, as far as Julie Andrews films go, Mary Poppins is where it’s at. Basically Walt Disney’s version of a hallucinogen trip, Mary Poppins is a wild, colorful romp through Victorian Britain with Julie Andrews as the sassy, “practically perfect” Supernanny from the sky. Flying in on her umbrella when she is summoned by two young children, Mary Poppins teaches important life lessons like, “in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” She also talks to the animals, wins every race, and can take you into a magical cartoon world where “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” means something. I could have certainly gotten by Do-Re-Mi on with Maria Von Trapp, I think I’d take my nanny with magic powers any day. Ain’t nobody messing with Mary Poppins. —Max
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Movie: Mary Poppins
Director: Robert Stevenson
Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
Art Direction: Carroll Clark, William H. Tuntke
Set Decoration: Hal Gausman, Emile Kuri