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.
Other Disney Easter Eggs
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Mary Poppins Returns Trailer
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I was one of those people a little hesitant going into the theaters when Venom was released but Tom Hardy brought it in his performance of Eddie Brock/Venom. Venom almost felt like a best friends comedy and I’m not mad at that. Eddie and Venom are now ready to come home with you and bring their crazy adventures and organ eating tendencies with them.
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Avengers Endgame Trailer
Avengers Endgame Trailer Breakdown
It started with Tony Stark.
Phase One, this whole 10 year journey began with Tony Stark. It’s only fitting that this trailer begins with him as well. I even shed a tear for Tony as he left a message for Pepper.
Marvel Logo turns to dust.
Too soon Marvel, too soon.
Lifted straight out of the comic book panels, Thanos shows up as Farmer Thanos. Complete with a scarecrow made of his armor. Read more about Farmer Thanos in my 50+ Avengers Infinity War Easter Eggs.
It also looks like the damaged Infinity Gauntlet is still on his arm.
Bruce Banner is staring at the screens, at all the missing Avengers, his friends. In a quick flash before it changes to Spider-Man, the screen shows Shuri.
There goes my theory that everyone we didn’t see turn to dust is still alive. Unless she is like Scott and just hasn’t been accounted for yet.
This also parallels the Infinity Gauntlet Comic Book where Cap sits looking at all the missing heroes.
Hawkeye as Ronin
Where has Hawkeye been? With his family, who unfortunately based on the comics and what we see here has been turned to dust or murdered by someone.
This transforms him from Hawkeye to Ronin. Complete with his bad*ss sword.
This is never a good thing. He does this when he is about to dos something incredibly crazy. I mean, yeah I KNOW this movie is going to be insane. It’s a last ditch effort by our Avengers to undo what Thanos has done. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it!
The Avengers Logo Gets Put Back Together
Foreshadowing to when this horrible nightmare is all undone by someone? Maybe. Avengers Reassemble!
How Did Ant-Man Get Out Of The Quantum Realm?
When we last saw Ant-Man he was floating through the Quantum Realm, alone. Hank, Janet, and Hope had been turned to dust by the snap. Everyone panicked. But I had a theory that was later confirmed, on the sly, by the one and only Laurence Fishburne. In my interview with Laurence Fishburne.
Scott is presumed missing or dead by the Avengers. But at the end of the trailer he shows up at door, Hey guys! Buzz me in.
Dr. Bill Foster (and possibly Ghost), rescued him from the Quantum Realm. Seeing the chaos that is going on in the world does the one thing he believes will help- finds the Avengers. Back in the first Ant-Man he remarks to Hank about this being a job for the Avengers. If there was ever a job for the Avengers, it’s this one.
Avengers Endgame is in theaters April 26th, 2019
Artemis Fowl Teaser Trailer
Artemis Fowl is based on the book by Eoin Colfer. It centers around 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies. Who may (or may not) be behind his father’s disappearance.
The film stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonzo Anozie, with Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. Judy Hofflund and Kenneth Branagh are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Conor McPherson. Kenneth Branagh is also directing the film.
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Artemis Fowl is in U.S. theaters on August 9, 2019!
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Laughs and Life Lessons: Ralph Breaks The Internet Review
All The Laughs
If you thought the first Wreck-It Ralph was funny you haven’t seen anything yet. The one-liners, internet puns, and jokes for both kids and adults were all perfectly timed. You can expect more of Ralph and Vanellope’s adolescent humor, snarky remarks all the parents will immediately get, and lots and lots of well, you’ll just have to watch and find out.
The Oh My Disney Princess scene is everything you could want and more than you would have ever thought to ask for. I WANT to say more about it but I won’t. It would ruin the surprise. But you can read my interview with co-writer Pamela Ribon aka the genius behind the Princess scene and the voice of Snow White: 8 Fun Facts About The Disney Princess Scene
Ralph Breaks The Internet Easter Eggs
You know I love writing Easter Egg posts. Don’t worry I’m working on the massive list for Ralph and it will be ready Monday. But I will tell you to look out for Sorcerer Mickey, Stan Lee (rest in peace), and viral stars.
Life Lessons from Ralph Breaks The Internet
1. It’s Okay To Be Honest
I’m starting with this one because it might be my favorite lesson of the film. It’s okay to be honest, not only with your friends but also yourself.
Pamela Ribon said “I love that this movie talks about It’s okay to tell your friend that you’re in pain and not happy. We often go: I don’t want to bother her, I don’t want them to be upset with me, or I’ll wait, I’ll fix it. A relationship can’t grow if we don’t talk to each other when it’s hard.”
Vanellope is looking for more in her life while Ralph seems content to keep to the same routine. Once she admits it to herself, she finds it hard to tell Ralph how she feels, worried for him and their friendship.
It can be scary to tell our friends how we feel but in the end true friendship only grows stronger. If your friends can’t accept you for who you are then they aren’t really your friends.
2. Internet Safety
While this might be more of a cautionary tale to children, I think some of the adults needed some reminders. First of all being the internet isn’t all unicorns and kittens, there is a lot of shady and scary things out there. Parental controls are your friend moms and dads!
Second, don’t read the comments. Yesss warns Ralph about this and she is so right. Especially on video content, people can be super hurtful. I’ve had to learn to block, report, and move on. People can be the worst.
Third, don’t use the internet unless you know some basics like how money works, that social networks aren’t super private, and to stay far, far away from the dark web.
FYI this is not what staying away from the dark web looks like.
3. Be Your Own Kind Of Princess
There is no right or wrong way to be a Princess. Each Disney Princess has their own unique qualities and gifts that make them special. If Cinderella was like Rapunzel that would be boring.
We love the Princesses because they are different. Just like the world as a whole, if we were all the same life would be dull. It’s our differences that make life awesome, when we choose to accept others and not fear or hate them.
4. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Ralph is clearly out of his comfort zone. He’s a retro arcade game character who finds himself in the vast and sometimes insane world wide web. That’s pretty scary, for anyone. But once he embraces this new world he begins to loosen up and have some fun. Does this make for some misadventures? You bet! But they are hilarious so just go with it Ralph!
It might be safe inside your box but it can sure get boring, fast. It’s okay to step outside and explore the world. It’s an awesome place full of interesting places to see and people to meet.
5. Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover Or Game Interface
It’s an age old saying, don’t judge a book by its cover. Ralph, Vanellope, and all of us, learn that this still applies, even if your game play looks extremely wicked. Why did the shark eat the dog?!
Some people might seem angry or scary but are actually pleasant and nice. While others who you think are good people turn out to be the absolute worst. Next time you meet a new person (or game) keep an open mind, you never know, you might be meeting your new best friend.
Ralph Breaks The Internet Mid Credit and Post Credit Scenes
Do yourselves a favor, treat Ralph Breaks The Internet like a Marvel movie. There are 2 credit scenes and more Easter Eggs in the credits! They are both hilarious and one might just give you clues about an upcoming Disney movie.
My lips are sealed. You’re going to have to find out for yourself when you see Ralph Breaks The Internet!
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