Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda hits theaters on December 19, 2018! Find out why families should be looking forward to this magical sequel coming your way this year!
Two months. Two months ya’ll. Okay, less than two months. Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters on December 19th, and I for one couldn’t be more excited!
Want to know why? These are just a few reasons to be excited for the brand new Mary Poppins remake!
Mary Poppins Returns
I almost forgot how much I loved the original movie until we went on a Disney Cruise and one of the musical numbers in the Disney Believe Show is a Mary Poppins number. You guys, I was grinning from ear to ear the entire time. My kiddo started singing the song earlier this week, and yep started grinning again.
If the sequel is even half as good a the original, it’ll be a masterpiece. I seriously can’t wait! And it helps that I adore Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda!
Reasons to Be Excited About Mary Poppins Returns
With the movie coming out in less than two months, we finally know a bit about Mary Poppins Returns! And everything I’ve heard so far makes me even more excited for the movie!
#1 – Mary Poppins Returns is Not a Remake
When I first hear they were making a new Mary Poppins, I assumed they were remaking the original. I was horrified. The original is so good that in my mind it’s really untouchable. Seems like Disney feels that way too because this one is not a remake, it’s a sequel with Mary Poppins returning years later.
This time the original Banks’ children are all grown up and Mary is coming back to help inspire happiness and joy in the Banks’ family after a personal loss. It’s a totally different story that will be magical, whimsical, and of course, musical.
#2 – The Mary Poppins Returns Cast is Amazing
Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins) will be joined by none other than Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton, Moana, and so many other things fame. And know it’s going to be good if he’s involved. Anything music + Lin-Manuel Miranda related is bound to be good. Miranda isn’t responsible for the songs or score in this one (Marc Shaiman + Scott Wittman are), but I’m guessing he’ll be singing, which is good enough for me!
I’ll be honest, I was originally the most excited about Lin-Manuel Miranda but after watching Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in A Quiet Place this summer, oh my. So excited!!! I just can’t get enough Emily Blunt these days!
The film also stars in lesser roles – Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks, Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper, Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins, Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Lady, and Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawe’s Jr. We will also get to meet three new Banks’ children (Michael Banks’ children) played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson.
Told you the cast is amazing!
#3 – Mary Poppins Returns Music Will Be Magical
I may be the only one hoping that they bring back some of the classics, even if they’re just for little tidbits of other songs but from what we’ve heard so far, the film will include all new songs and an original score.
As I mentioned above, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will be writing the songs and composing the new score. Disney has been doing some incredible things with their music lately (hello Moana and Coco), so I’m excited to see what they do to modernize Mary Poppins! Or not.
You can get an inside peek at the music of Mary Poppins Returns in the video below.
#4 – Mary Poppins’ Magical Bag Will Be Returning As Well
Julie Andrews was one incredible Mary Poppins, so Emily Blunt has some pretty big magical shoes to fill. Luckily, she gets to bring Mary’s magical bag and umbrella along for the adventure.
Like other movies that have had multiple actors play the same character, it’ll be really interesting to see how Emily portrays such an iconic character. She’s proven herself over the years as capable of taking on both dramatic and comedic roles, so I’m really hoping she’s up for the job! I’m definitely rooting for her.
#5 – Kids and Adults Both Will Love It
I’ve gotta hand it to Disney, they sure know what they’re doing. Christopher Robin and Mary Poppins returning all in the same year, it could be called the year of our childhood returning to the big screen.
Adults will love Mary Poppins returns because it’s nostalgic (and hopefully amazing!) and kids will love it because it’s centered around kids having fun and finding joy again. It seems like the kind of movie, like Thor: Ragnarok, that is designed to make people walk out of the movie theater smiling, unlike A Wrinkle in Time that will have kids and parents having discussions about what just happened.
#6 – It’s the Perfect Holiday Movie
Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters everywhere on December 19, 2018. It’s the perfect holiday movie to see with your family!
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