Prop Culture: Mary Poppins

(2020) Disney+

The Story

Take a look back at a historic time in Disney and cinematic history with this episode of Prop Culture it’s…Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Follow Dan Lanigan on his journey to find props from Disney’s 1964 film, Mary Poppins. Lanigan brings in former actors, costume designers, composers, and actors to talk about their time on the Mary Poppins set and their collection of props. From dancing penguins to Mary’s iconic carpet bag, this episode is full of historic Disney artifacts.

This episode of Prop Culture is full of fun facts and great stories about the development of the Mary Poppins film, plus some some awesome stories about Walt Disney .

The District Decision

I’ve always been a fan of the 1964 version of Mary Poppins, so this episode was a lot of fun for me. What I didn’t expect to get out of this episode was a surprise visit into Walt’s office guided by Disney Legend Richard Sherman. To see Sherman play the piano (at 91 years old!) and share stories about his history with Walt made this episode extremely special. Episode 1 of Prop Culture is worth the watch just to see Sherman in action!

Final Grade: The District Decision for Prop Culture: Mary Poppins is that the film is Worth It/Niche with a final grade of B+.

The District Decision Grading Scale: Skip It (not worth the watch), Niche (worth the watch for those interested in the topic), Background Noise (worth having on while doing other activities), Worth It (worth your time), Classic (one of the best examples of the documentary genre).

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