Bell's Summer Classic Film Series
featuring SING-A-LONG MARY POPPINS
/ Sponsored by Wireless Zone
Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
Onscreen lyrics, goodie bags and more! Join in the fun as we step back in time and sing along with Mary, Bert and the gang. A movie host will introduce the film and lead everyone through the interactive props. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Mary Poppins character – or in a costume inspired by the movie.
The film adaptation of the Mary Poppins books by P.L. Travers tells the story of the Edwardian-era British Banks family: the banker father (David Tomlinson), suffragette mother (Glynis Johns), and the two “impossible” children (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). The kids get the attention of their all-business father by bedevilling every new nanny in the Banks household. Whem Mr. Banks advertises for another nanny, the kids ask for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her screen debut) answers the children’s ad by arriving at the Banks home from the skies, parachuting downward with her umbrella. The next day they meet Mary’s old chum Bert (Dick Van Dyke), currently employed as a sidewalk artist. Mary, Bert, and the children hop into one of Bert’s chalk drawings and learn the nonsense song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” in a cartoon countryside. Mr. Banks is pleased that his children are behaving better, but he’s not happy with their fantastic stories. To show the children what the real world is like, he takes them to his bank. A series of disasters follow which result in his being fired from his job. Mary Poppins’ role in all this leads to some moments when it is possible to fear that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being she is, all her “mistakes” lead to a happy result by the end of the film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
139 minutes. Rated G.