Disney and Entertainment Weekly have released a batch of new images from their upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, marking the beginning of the promo run for the film. Directed by Rob Marshall, this film is a sequel to the 1964 classic that starred Julie Andrews. Played by Emily Blunt this time, Mary Poppins has popped back into the life of the Banks family to bring a little bit of wonder
following a tragic loss. Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are all grown up now, but their spirits aren’t. Mary has returned, and with the help of her lamplighter friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), she aims to redirect their lives with pure joy.
This is definitely a sequel that calls for a lot. I mean, it’s Marry Poppins. It is considered by many a movie that shouldn’t be touched, but luckily, footage so far teases that Disney and Marshall have captured exactly what we all hoped a sequel would look like. The film was in question before just a few weeks ago, but then Disney unveiled a new trailer that showcased the film in its truest form. While I’m not personally partial to musical films, this looks like something that I just shouldn’t miss.
The most talked about scenes from that most recent trailer are the shots of classic 2D animation that brought the colorful pop the first trailer was missing. It’s everything that Mary Poppins is, and in a smart move, Disney and EW has given fans a few images that focus on those exact moments. We’ve seen what they (slightly) look like while moving, not we can get complete looks at them via these new stills. In a film world where 3D and 4D and all these other technological advancements are being used and created, it’s quite fun to see Disney step back and use what worked before.
How do you feel about this sequel so far? Should it not be happening or have you been pleasantly surprised by what you’ve seen? Also starring Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Dick Van Dyke, Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns lands in theaters on December 19th.