During the Oscars on March 4, the Mary Poppins Returns teaser debuted in the first commercial break. The audience received their first look of Mary Poppins herself (Emily Blunt) and introduced new characters, such as Jack the lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda). The full online teaser includes a scene of a grown up Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) reuniting with their old nanny.
Having watched a film on the original 1964 “Mary Poppins” development, Angelene Leija, 11, expresses her opinion on the teaser.
“Honestly, I was disappointed,” Leija said. “I wanted a more real portrayal of Mary Poppins. I do not know if you’ve ever watched Saving Mr. Banks, but it is the author of the book Mary Poppins. Basically, it’s about the true story and her feelings and hatred of the movie adaptations of her book. It really was such a moving story of her life, so I was hoping the new adaptation would do the same.”
Since the success of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Disney has been planning sequels and reboots to beloved classics. Some of these live action reboots include Christopher Robin, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Dumbo. Certain fans have expressed their doubts about the upcoming films and believe the originals should be left alone, including Mary Poppins.
A fan of the first “Mary Poppins”, James Colom, 11, reveals his thoughts on the Mary Poppins sequel.
“I think the first movie is excellent and ends the story perfectly fine,” Colom said. “I think if they do something new with it, it can be a fun fresh take on the original, but if they try to pertain to the original too much, it will beg the question of what even was the point of making a sequel.”
Some fans have also been reluctant to accept Blunt taking over the iconic character. Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins is a role that numerous Disney fans hold dear, which is why certain fans oppose the change. However, Andrews herself is optimistic about Blunt taking over her part. “I admire her enormously. It’s just wonderful that she’s the new Poppins. It’s not a remake, it’s a brand new one, based on all the other stories,” Andrews said to HollywoodLife.
Cristina Fuentes, 11, shares her views on Blunt’s upcoming performance.
“I feel like she’ll [Blunt] do a good job, but the original will always be the best,” Fuentes said. “The best Mary Poppins will always be Julie Andrews.”
Mary Poppins Returns is scheduled to release on Dec. 25. The teaser is available in the You Tube link below.