Are you still singing Trip A Little Light Fantastic like me? Crank up the soundtrack and read all the Mary Poppins Returns Easter Eggs you may have missed!
And if you haven’t already, you should pick up the Mary Poppins Book Set, because a lot of these gems are found in the books. Okay, Step In Time and here we go!
Mary Poppins Returns Easter Eggs And Cameos
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Going back to Cherry Tree Lane
Opening credits: Disney Castle is shown with London in the background and a cobblestone street leading to the castle gates.
Opens with Jack singing. The original begins with Bert doing the same as a one man band.
A shot of St. Paul’s Cathedral, birds, and what looks like an elderly woman sleeping on the steps. Call back to Feed The Birds.
The park is located steps from Cherry Tree Lane. This is how it is in the books.
Admiral Boom’s house is still there, complete with ship mast on the roof and Mr. Binnacle.
Movie Credits are shown before the movie plays. Very old school Disney!
Richard Sherman, part of the infamous Sherman brothers who came up with the songs for the original Mary Poppins, acted as the Musical Consultant for the film.
Admiral Boom warns about a storm brewing on Cherry Tree Lane.
Ben Whishaw, Michael Banks, is the voice of Paddington. Julie Waters who plays Ellen, is Mrs. Bird. Ellen also makes a comment about having Marmalade (Paddington’s favorite) for lunch.
Jane Banks is involved with SPRUCE, a group trying to encourage change in the government just like her mom. Her mother, Winifred Banks campaigned for Votes For Women.
Photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Banks are seen on the fireplace mantel in the Banks’ home.
Mr. Binnacle replies “Ready and charged sir.”
Admiral Boom’s cannon still shakes everything up in the house.
Miss Lark is back and with a new dog.
The grouchy Park Keeper and his “Keep Off The Grass” signs are all in the original texts. And yes, he’s just as grumpy.
The table in the front hall is from the original movie. They were able to get it from Club 33.
Snow Globe Mary uses during the “Feed The Birds.” Both of these, as well as the kite, were not the original props but were recreated for use in the film. The originals are located at the Disney Archives. You can read more about Rob Marshall’s vision for the film here.
The tail of the kite is the actual suffragette sash worn by Mrs. Banks in the first film.
Jane and Michael’s kite, complete with the Votes for Women, gets caught on a Nanny. In the book Mary Poppins Comes Back, this is exactly how Mary reappears in the lives of the Banks children. Only it’s Michael battling with the kite not his son.
Mary Poppins comes into the scene from somewhere up in the clouds. In the original Mary is seen sitting on the clouds as she waits to head down to whatever home needs her most.
Jack comments on how lovely Mary looks, she replies “Do you really think so?”
Mary Poppins Returns to Number 17
The music playing in the background is “A Spoonful of Sugar.”
She reminds Michael he is still not a codfish. And remarks that Jane is still very inclined to giggle.
Mary stops to admire herself in the mirror, she does this often throughout the film. Her reflection also appears independent of her.
She tests for dust in the house, silences her umbrella as he tries to talk, and requires every second Tuesday off.
Then she glides up the stairs while Michael and Jane chat about how they use to believe amazing things happened whenever Mary Poppins was around.
“Fidelity Fiduciary Bank” music plays in the background when they are inside the bank.
Ellen is still breaking dishes.
Watch out for flying neighbors! Admiral Boom is seen flying by in his bathtub. Wizard of Oz nod, I love it.
Inside The Nursery
The Royal Doulton Bowl is also from Mary Poppins Comes Back. The scene is a bit different, but the bowl gets broken and needs to be taken to Topsy Turvy to fix.
Inside the bowl, the animation was hand drawn and the outfits were hand painted to give them an animated feel.
“She never explains anything.” Jack tells the children of Mary Poppins. She says this in the first film.
Look closely at the animated animals hanging out in the Royal Doulton Music Hall. A lot of them are similar to animals from other classic Disney films. Such as Robin Hood and Wind in the Willows. The family of rabbits sitting near Mary and the children are dressed just like the rabbits in Robin Hood.
The Wolf, Weasel, and Badger reminded us of the Fox in Pinocchio, and Ratty and Mr. Mole from Wind in the Willows. However, a cover is not a book so although similar in drawings things aren’t always as they appear.
Our old friends the Penguins make a return for a dance number that includes stripes and canes.
When driving away, after stealing Georgie, the Wolf’s eyes look insane like Cruella de Vil during her car chase scene.
On the wall between the children’s beds are 3 circle photos- Hidden Mickey
Original Jane Banks Cameo
Karen Dotrice, who played the original Jane Banks, is seen on Cherry Tree Lane. She stops and asks Jack and Jane for directions to Number 19. As she leaves she says “Many thanks, sincerely.” This is how Jane and Michael ended their advertisement for the “The Perfect Nanny.”
Another beloved book character, Topsy the cousin of Mary Poppins makes an appearance in the film. And every 2nd Wednesday of the month things go awry. In the book, Mary Poppins Comes Back, it’s cousin Arthur Turvy they take the bowl to and it’s the second Monday of every month. Which of course it happens to be when Mary and the children show up at his shop. In the book, Arthur marries Topsy Tartlet, who then becomes Topsy Turvy.
Trip A Little Light Fantastic
If this isn’t an ode to the brilliance of “Step in Time” I don’t know what is. The similar lighting, dance moves, and the fact it will be stuck in your head forever makes Trip A Little Light Fantastic, hands down my favorite number of the film.
Mary even did her classic twirl, this time on a bike. Jack walks down the street after the song, does a little heel kick like Bert.
Saving Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane
Michael tells Jane “lets go fly a kite.”
Mr. Dawes Jr, played by Dick Van Dyke who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Senior in the original film.
Dawes starts to tell a story about “a man with a wooden leg named…”
He then shares that the tuppence that George Banks hands over to Mr. Dawes Senior in the original, telling him to guard them well, have compounded and are enough to save the house.
The Park Fair
Balloon Lady is another straight from the books character. She sells, you guessed it balloons, but not just any balloons. Pick the right one and you can truly soar. Side note: She is played by Angela Lansbury, the original voice of Mrs. Potts.
“I’ll leave when the door opens.” Another nod to the books, this time the third one Mary Poppins Opens The Door. The wind changes and the door to Number 17 opens signaling it is time for Mary to leave.
Looking into her balloon, Mary remarks “Practically perfect in every way.”
Mary Poppins grabs her carpet bag and umbrella, then ascends back into the clouds like the original.
Every outfit Emily Blunt wears features a bow at the neck of the blouse.
Look for a chalk pavement picture when you see Jack riding his bike at the very end.
The end credits are also styled after the original film.
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