That film for me is Disney's Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Mary Poppins is the biggest fantasy film of them all with horses hopping off carousels, people jumping into paintings, and a magical nanny that flies with an umbrella. It's quite apt because I dislike most modern day fantasy films now, I'm more of a realist girl, however because I grew up with this film, the magic behind it all I'm used to and have grown to love it.
I can't recall this moment, but my mum tells me at 4 years old I used to steal her sweeping brush and dance along with the chimney sweepers in the living room when they came on the TV screen.. I wish she took a photo!
I know pretty much every word to the film (and yes, I'm one of those annoying people that cannot refrain from saying the odd (
|Taken in Magic Kingdom, Florida, last year (and no, none of those are me stood with Pops, unfortunately!)|
I couldn't even choose a favourite soundtrack if you paid me (well... ok.. maybe!). I really do love them all. My most common favourite outbursts are usually 'It's a Jolly Holiday', 'The Perfect Nanny' or 'Lets go Fly a Kite' - ahh - so many! The majority of the songs are all really upbeat tracks full of positivity, independency and encouragement that emphasis how important it is to reach for your dreams and never give up. Although 'The Perfect Nanny' isn't necessarily upbeat, I just love the rhyming words that are included, with a little bit of humour in there for good measure; 'if you wont scold and, dominate us, we will never give you cause to hate us' 'We won't hide your spectacles so you can't see, put toads in your bed, or pepper in your tea'. It highlights how mischievous children of that age can be!
I like Uncle Albert's 'I Love to Laugh' scene whereby he is 'sitting' on the ceiling and bursts into this song, which highlights how important it is to laugh in life; "The more I laugh, the more I'm a merrier me" - so true. They then continue to have a tea party.. yes.. on the ceiling. I think laughing in general is a feel-good factor that lifts everyone's spirits.
The whole soundtrack is something I can sing along too, reminisce about my own childhood, and the songs are easy enough to teach to my own children one day.
I'm currently teaching my 4 year old niece the words to the famous 'Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious,' a word to say when you don't know what to say! I'm determined to keep my love for it in the family, and until I have children of my own, my niece is my next best option! I must film her trying to sing it sometime.. it's so sweet!
I was so sad when I realized Mary Poppins was touring in the West End and I'd missed all the dates... when I discovered this she was making her way through Broadway in New York. Unfortunately I didn't quite persuade my boyfriend to take me to New York, no matter how many times I fluttered my eyelashes at him... maybe next time! ;-)
And just for the sake of this blog post, I may, just may, stick the DVD on right now, just talking about it has got me all giddy!
I'm always intrigued to know (but never will find out!) - If I was to watch Mary Poppins now for the first time, at the age of 29, would I like it? Hmmm... who knows!
Mary Poppins, Practically Perfect in Everyway.
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