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♪ as i live and breathe. >> mary poppins? you came back! >> audacious is the only word for it. >> really? >> you never think there will be another mary poppins. >> here we are, launching into a sequel after 54 years. >> someone said to me the other day, i didn't realize how much i needed her to come back until you came out of the clouds. >> tonight, we're tripping a little light fantastic. ♪ trip a little light fantastic ♪ >> with the all new "mary poppins returns." hi, i'm chris connelly on the lot at disney studios. stage, e "mary poppins" was filmed. but the sign up here, no visitors -- yeah. about that. tonight, we're going in! and celebrating the enduring
magic of mary. >> we're ready. >> she's completely eccentric and batty and funny and so rude, you know, deliciously rude. you could grow a garden in that much soil. >> i can't believe i'm here with mary poppins. >> tonight, behind the scenes with emily blunt and lin-manuel miranda. >> i remember doing the arrival scene, 50 feet in the air dangling from a crane. oh, my god. i'm mary poppins. >> the pressure of continuing a classic. >> we are the legacy. >> animating old school. >> and bump. >> and yeah. working with one of the original stars. >> you leap onto this desk, and you tap dance and -- i mean, surprised all of us. >> including me! >> tonight, from the house that walt built -- >> don't you think it's sort of unfair to talk about mary poppins like this and not let the folks out there see some of what we're talking about? >> all the way to the new cherry
tree lane. >> good thing you come along when you did, mary poppins. >> you're going to make me cry! >> "mary poppins returns: behind the magic." >> testing. one, two, three, four. testing. this is the premiere of "mary poppins," walt "mary poppins." >> ladies and gentlemen, i've never seen so many stars. >> august 1964, hollywood. >> you've never seen such a crowd. here comes walt disney. >> the world premiere of a one of a kind pull out all the stops motion picture. >> they tell me this could be one of your biggestalt disn's p" >> julie andrews. dick van dyke. >> this is the greatest family classic of all time. >> for the first time, the curtain was raised on the music. ♪ supercalifragilistic- expialidocious ♪
>> the magic. the legendary movie. with a new iconic character that touched the world. >> mary poppins, practically perfect in every way. >> mary poppins. long considered to be walt disney's crowning motion picture masterpiece. >> oh, how nice. >> it's just across the board wonderful. >> he brought together everything that he knew how to do and how to do well. art, music, story, technological innovation. >> this is the plan for a super cartoon camera. >> it's now the stuffle of legend. walt's daughter diane loved the books. and he made mary poppins his passion project. wanting to get the film rights from the notoriously particular author. >> she shied away from film offers for decades. >> walt disney finally earned the prize, while still butting
heads throughout the development process. >> they did not share the same creative vision at all. travers were difficult. >> now then, the qualifications. >> it was not so difficult to choose who should play the title role. walt disney wanted 26-year-old julie andrews after seeing her perform this song from "camelot" on "the ed sullivan show." ♪ what do simple folk do >> when she was offered the part, julie andrews had never been in a movie, and as she told the american academy of achievement, she was expecting. >> i was just a teeny bit peg nant. i said, i'm going to have a baby, mr. disney. he said, it's okay, we'll wait. >> i'll do it myself. >> cast as mary's buddy, burt, master of fun was funny man dick van dyke on hiatus from his hit
sitcom when filming began. ♪ it's a jolly holiday with mary ♪ >> they'd be together on those venn churms with the banks children, michael and jane. >> mary poppins. >> is that your name? it's lovely. being in the original mar "mary poppins" was so fun. >> all the while, singing those irresistible songs. ♪ a spoonful of sugar help s th medicine go down ♪ >> the movie went on to earn 13 oscar nominations and won five, including best actress, announced by sydney pottier. >> the winner is, julie andrews. >> the film's behemoth box office returns expand walt's dreams, include disney world in florida.
>> it opened in late 1964, went on to run for years in theaters all around the country. >> and in one of those theaters, in pittsburgh, was a little boy, completely mesmerized by what he was saying on screen. >> i mean, it was the first film i saw as a child. >> first film? >> i was 4 years old. i remember experiencing something joyous, magical. i think ignited my sense of music in film, dance in film. it was sort of a miracle in a way. >> good-bye, mary poppins. don't stay away too long. >> rob marshall started his career as a dancer. he was in "cats" on broadway, then became a choreographer and then, a filmmaker, directing the blockbuster "pirates of the caribbean: on stranger tides" and oscar's best picture for 2002, the musical "chicago."
♪ with that kind of skip in his step, no wonder disney studios tapped him to finally bring mary poppins back to the big screen. what gave you the idea that you could do a new film with mary poppins? >> p.l. travers wrote eight books. there's all this beautiful material, all the wonderful adventures. >> so, going back to those books, marshall and his team came up with the idea for a sequel. >> you did what? >> an original story, original music. ♪ light fantastic >> and a combination of brand new and old familiar characters. "mary poppins returns" takes place 25 years after the first film. during the depression. >> and we came up with this idea that michael and jane would be grown up. >> emily mortimer is jane and ben wishsaw plays michael banks,
who is mourning the death of his wife. >> everything's fallen to pieces since your mother -- >> money is tight and he's about to lose the family home. >> the bank is now demanding that you pay back the entire loan in full. >> the entire loan? >> so, to have that sort of central problem for mary poppins to come and help, you know end after 54 years, it needed to be a big deal. >> and it was a big deal to have lin-manuel miranda, the award-winning creator and star of the broadway phenomenon "hamilton," seen here performing at the 2016 tony awards. ♪ at least have a friend with e me ♪ >> and i loved that walt disney went to the theater and found julie andrews to play mary poppins. that's where musical theater is really shaped. >> in his first major film role, he plays jack, a lamplighter in london. ♪ just look up
i like to picture he apprenticed under burt. he knows how magical mary poppins is. most kids grow up and forget. jack's never forgotten. >> nice to see you, jack. >> good to see you, too. >> how big a dream would it have had to have been to imagine being in a "mary poppins" movie? >> i mean, audacious is the only word for it. you can't -- you never think there will be another "mary poppins" film. >> but when we come back, the critical casting move. who could possibly play mary poppins? >> honestly, that was the easiest choice of all. >> meet the new mary poppins, >> meet the new mary poppins, when we now, does anybody know the difference between a dog brain and a human brain? anybody? the dog's brain can't think as much as the human's brain, because there's no high school for the dog. so.
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now, we continue with "mary poppins returns: behind the magic. >>". ♪ >> you have one of the great up trances in recent cinema and you're part of it, as well. >> as i live and breathe. >> i had the best part of it because i got to stay on the ground. i got to just reel her in. >> yeah. >> and just watch me pretend not to be terrified. i was sort of 50 feet in the air dangling from a crane. >> did you ever have one of those moments where you say, how did i get here? >> oh, yeah. that was a huge moment where i was like, oh, my god, i'm mary
poppins. close your mouth, please, michael. we are still not a codfish. >> as we mentioned, "mary poppins returns" is a sequel, set two and a half decades after the first film. it's 1935, so, everyone's gotten older. >> good heavening. it really is you. >> except mary. >> you seem hardly to have aged at all. >> really? how incredibly rude. one never discusses a woman's age, michael. >> i could only thinkle of one person that could do all the things we need mary poppins to be. and that was emily blunt. she has an incredible range as an actress. >> it's true. emily blunt burst onto the scene as a no nonsense fashion mag assistant in "the devil wears prada." later, she played a lonely alcoholic in "the girl on the train." >> her name was anna boyd and he was in love with her. >> and marshall already knew she was a song stress, having directed her in the musical fantasy "into the woods."
♪ it takes just a bit more and we're done ♪ >> the fact that she sings and dances sort of completed this full circle of everything that she needed to be. you need to be a great actor who has warmth underneath. ♪ nothing's gone forever ♪ only out of place >> and have a magical quality. >> how did she do that? >> do what? >> what happens when you're sitting at your home and you get a call saying, i want you to play mary poppins? >> which happens daily. rob marshall was beautifully say moan use about it when he called me. felt like he was sort of proposing to me. >> a little bit of a drum roll and i said, i'd love you to play the role of mary poppins. >> he said, you know, disney's most prized possession is mary poppins. >> and there was sort of silence for a moment and i heard, like, a big intake. >> i just felt my hair sort of blow back with combination of panic and joy. and thrill, really. >> and we started talking about the character and she goes, oh,
and by the way, it's a yes. >> but despite her enthusiasm, blunt had to deal with the intimidation factor. >> it is an iconic character played by somebody as iconic as julie andrews, and so how do i do my version of her, you know? still rather inclined to giggle, i see. >> did you look at the first film? >> i actually did the opposite. instead, i dove into the book, and she's quite different in the books. she's completely eccentric and so rude. my goodness, annabell. what have you done to your clothes? deliciously rude and vain. >> it is wonderful to see you. >> yes, it is, isn't it? and i remember rob, when we did the first scene, he goes, and there she is. and i was like, thank god. >> the one, the only -- mary poppins! >> oh.
thank you, thank you very much. yes, thank you. >> who is she there to save? >> michael, really. >> what brings you here after all this time? >> same thing that brought me the first time. i've come to look after then banks children. >> us? >> oh, yes, you, too. she comes to look after then banks children, but ultimately, i think it's about him. he's a banks child, as well, you see. >> but while she might be there to save grownup michael, it's the children that get to go on the magical and fantastical adventures. ♪ some people like to dive right in ♪ ♪ can you imagine that she very much wants people to hope that children have. >> there's a moment right before she goes i underwater adventure and she says -- >> off we go. >> she's more excited than the kids. >> one of my favorite lines is, everything is possible. even the impossible.
>> both blunt and co-starlin manual miranda give rob marshall credit for being a calming, creative presence on their studio set outside london. >> he would give you these incredible compliments, very publicly, which for british people is, like, the depths of hell. em, honey, you look incredible. and i was like, please, rob, don't do that. >> the light in your eyes, you are a movie star. let's do it again. >> and cut. great, guys. beautiful, lin. >> but that help, right? >> hey, you need it. >> need to look the part, too. costume designerwi thretier, was charged with updating mary's wardro wardrobe. >> i think the thing that you remember most is the silhouette, and that's sort of what i aimed to repeat in a sort of updated version. i added a sort of, like, double cape, because it would actually give a little bit of movement in the wind. >> up got a double cape.
>> i do. it's all the rage. >> and that hat. >> i love the chicness of the hat. >> it's an homage to the robin in "spoonful of sugar." >> someone said to me the other day, i didn't realize how much i needed her to come back until you came out of the clouds. it's just so hopeful and so joyful. next, making new music for mary. you get the job and what happens next? >> i feel like that's a cue. ♪ light fantastic >> you're exclusive look at filming the fantastic new numbers. ♪ with me when we were dating, we used to get excited about things like concert tickets or a new snowboard. matt: whoo! whoo! jen: but that all changed when we bought a house. matt: voilà! jen: matt started turning into his dad. matt: mm. that's some good mulch. ♪ i'm awake. but it was pretty nifty
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♪ a spoonful of sugar ♪ helps the medicine go down >> from "a spoonful of sug sugasugar" -- ♪ medicine go down >> and supercalifragilistic- expialidocious ♪ ♪upercalifragilistic- expialidocious ♪ >> to the minor key of "chim chim chiree". thes the the movie is the soundtrack. what do you think about the music that's endured for so long? >> well, you just know those songs. >> those songs are immortal. >> these songs. the product of two legendary disney songwriters. richard m. sherman and the late
richard b. sherman, who walt disney referred to as the boys. >> well, sounds pretty good. in fact, that's just the right spirit. >> with tunes that catchy and well-crafted in our heads, it's only fitting that the two songwriters hand-picked by director rob marshall for "mary poppins returns" are two of the biggest poppins fans in town and up for the challenge. >> i honestly didn't know what i was going to do if we didn't get it. am i going to move to a hut on a desert island? >> what was the moment like? >> fantastic. but then you have to write it. >> yeah. >> they are tony and grammy award-winning songwriters. their clever songs powering the hit musical "hairspray." ♪ you can't stop the beat >> so, you get the job, and what happens next? ♪
once you're past the panic and fear -- >> we are? >> imagine for us sitting down to write a new "mary poppins" movie and thinking, how do we try to compare to those guys? and eventually you have to stop thinking about that, or the fear will incapacitate you. >> the duo started on the right note, spending months working out musical ideas with the performers. custom fiftting their songs to the actors' strengths. >> it was like getting the best musical tailored suit possible. >> we would go to this music room every day and start going through the songs together. >> fishe was filming "girl on a train". >> i'm afraid of myself. >> and then she'd be like, all right, i have to be mary poppins now. >> in "mary poppins return," it's lin-manuel that gets the honor of singing the movie's
opening number. >> lin's character opens us into the movie. he sings a very -- ♪ sweet, gentle melody, welcoming you to london underneath the lovely london song. ♪ have a pot of tea ♪ mend your broken cup ♪ there's a different point of view ♪ ♪ awaiting you ♪ if you would just look up >> i think we had maybe ten different numbers that we tried, because here we are launching into a sequel after 54 years, so, we really wanted to make sure we started on the right foot. ♪ hold on tight to the one you love ♪ ♪ and maybe soon from up above ♪ you'll be blessed ♪ so keep on looking high ♪ for you're underneath the lovely london sky ♪ >> and then mary will come back
in. >> mary's much anticipated first number is a very splashy one. entitled "can you imagine that." something like "can you imagine that," he that," she's right in there, having a great time. >> feel like that's a cue. ♪ some people like to splash and play ♪ ♪ can you imagine that ♪ and take a seaside holiday ♪ can you imagine that ♪ doggies paddling 20 leagues below ♪ ♪ might seem real but we know it's not close ♪ >> preparing the whole thing. ♪ let's get you all back home >> but mary poppins wouldn't be mary poppins without an all-out song and dance spectacular. "mary poppins returns" offers us
"trip a little light fantastic." mounting this pivotal production number, the film's biggest and boldest required a set that took 26 weeks to build. that whole sequence is a metaphor for the whole movie in a way, isn't it? its exhilaration, leading you out of the darkness. >> the kids are lost in a fog. they feel like they've ruined everything. so, they need to be inspired and find their way home. ♪ so if life is getting dreary ♪ just pretend you're ♪ as you tread a little light fantastic ♪ ♪ with me ♪ with me it goes on and on. >> how long did you have to rehearse those numbers before you were comfortable with them. >> just after we wrapped. >> i would say -- premiere, there's already one review in, and for these two men, it's the most important one
of all. >> richard sherman, after he saw the movie, wrote us a beautiful message about how proud he was of it -- >> and how he felt like they started a relay race and we picked up the baton and kept going. >> and that, to me -- >> meant the world. >> the best review you could ever possibly get. next, the penguins are back. >> what's kind of cool about our penguins is they actually have a little more personality. >> and combat pay. >> how could they do that? >> plus, later, lin-manuel miranda with dick van dyke. >> i said, do you know you're making up a 91-year-old man to look like a 91-year-old man? >> when we return. so let's just say that i stole the milk money but old lady simon stole it back. i love this movie. reminds me back when we were kids. totally. remember that time i got you to steal a candy bar and then you started crying? (laughs) no. yea, you tried to return it and the cashier just laughed in your face and then you started crying even more. no, i did not cry.
i stole the candy bar yeah, but i didn't cry. you did cry. it just doesn't make any sense. like, why would i start crying? cause you felt guilty remember and then there was big wet spot in the front of your pants cause you were saying i feel so guilty. i made an accident? it's not true. you literally were shrieking out i feel so guilty. i'm weeping, i'm weeping. it never happened. and then i took a picture, and i made a t-shirt out of the picture. and then i wore it to your wedding. look he's crying like you. i wonder if he stole a candy bar. stop. you know i don't cry, that's my thing is i don't cry. i know you're so tough. i just want to watch the movie with you man and like don't know why you have to do this. makeup now optional. new aveeno® maxglow™ infusion drops with kiwi to lock moisture. and soy to even skin tone. unleash dewy, glowing skin from within. new aveeno® maxglow™. whenyou know your holiday of tshopping is complete.,
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dance a blue streak across a stage with jerry the mouse in "anchors aweigh." but the first "mary poppins" took it to a whole new level, for that now famous jolly holiday. ♪ it's a jolly holiday with mary ♪ ♪ mary makes your heart so nice ♪ >> mary and the troops stop for tea. ♪ it's complimentary >> you're very kind. >> ride a merry go round and win a horse race, all while accompanied by a ka value cade of cartoon characters. in this dazzling dance sequence, it's the penguins that arguably steal the show. it was the late frank thomas, one of the legendary disney animators, who painstakingly drew the penguins frame by frame. the 50th anniversary blu-ray edition contains a documentary.
>> i have the film of dick doing the dance, his feet are flying all around, stepping on my penguins. i had them duck and jump and i had them get out of the way any way they could. >> off we go. >> so, for "mary poppins returns" rob marshall felt it was important to continue that very rich tradition. >> it's in the dna of mary poppins. what i really wanted to do was the 2-d animation, which is all handdrawn. >> it's a throwback thursday kind of concept. most animated movies today are done cg or computer generated. so, the decision to go old school meant marshall had to find some disney alums, like james backster, who was the lead designer on belle for "beauty and the beast." ♪ isn't this amazing >> coming into mary poppins, it's like, oh, yeah, i love doing this, this is my thing. i started out doing this.
>> backsterno knows his way arod these parts. he would meander through the catacombs at disney, lookingfor antiquities. >> we're in the inning and paint building. in the basement used to be the disney archives, which we called the morgue, because it was like just these big shelves that you would pull out. but it was full of every drawing that disney had ever done, so, all the movies, "snow white," "101 dalmatians." and you could look through every single animated shot that had ever been done and look at the original artwork and take it out and look at it and study how they did it. so, that was my school down there. i love how you got these victorian bicycle designs. >> for his disney reunion on "mary poppins returns," backster joined forces with up and coming lead character designer james woods, 24 years his junior.
>> getting to work with this guy who, i mean, he's by my hero since i was a student. >> together with a small army of animators, they created a glorious animated sequence for the scenes in which mary takes jack and the children on an adventure across the surface of a royal dalton china bowl. >> they wanted to honor the legacy of the first film and keep it super entertaining. >> and i gather that meant penguins. >> right. >> isn't that the first question people ask you? when i say, i just finished working -- are there penguins? >> yeah. >> mary poppins, do sing for us. >> but these penguins kick it up a notch. >> what's kind of cool about our penguins is they actually have a little more personality. >> he's got this nice expression on his face, because he's a smoothie. >> and in the spirit of the first film, there's plenty of song andan t sequence, with real red-blooded, living,
breathing actors as foils. tell me the idea of the animation sequence being explained to you at first. >> rob is very prepared. he gives you a lot of pre-vis. this is what it looks like, these are the colors. it was meticulously laid out, how you interact with the penguins. >> you would get the great notes. the penguin is a little heavier on the cane. it brings all your skills to bear. you have invisible costars. >> thank you very much, thank you. >> the carriage is just extraordinary. >> moe, yeah. i think it was a green screen carriage when we did it. yeah. and bump. >> when did you finally get to see what the sequence looked like? >> you still haven't seen the finished thing. >> oh, well, they cut it from the film. >> i saw it -- >> sorry. you're not in that scene anymore. >> she's just kidding, of course. >> ill just saw it a few weeks ago and it is staggering when
you watch the whole thing put together. next, the newest banks' children. how they learned from the best. >> meryl was teaching us how to fall over. >> i'm talking, like, she fell flat and hard. i thought, oh, that's how meryl streep dies. >> and the first jane, how she learned from julie andrews. >> i mean, that girl, who was working her buns off, set aside time for some little 8-year-old who doesn't know what the heck she's doing. it's huge. ♪you see a piece of paper ♪could be a little greater ♪show me that you can make her♪ ♪you'll never know until you try it♪ ♪yeah i know it makes you nervous♪ ♪but i promise you it's worth it♪
michael banks. it was through their eyes that audiences could themselves believe in the magic of mary poppins. >> matthew brought the fun of childhood. karen brought the gravitas. >> 54 years later, that enchanting little girl is all grown up. why do you think this movie, more than 50 years later, continues to move and delight and thrill everybody who watches? >> because walt disney made it. whatever he touches is gold. and the piano, my god. we spent so much time at that piano. >> karen is sitting in walt disney's storied office at the burbank studio that bears his name. in this environment, young karen would have lunch with the man she called uncle walt. >> i really enjoyed uncle walt. he just treated me and matthew like his own kids. >> karen was the daughter of two
shakespeare yan actors. from day one of the set, she knew this was not your typical acting gig. >> the very first day, the props guy came over to me and said, okay, can you come with me, because i've got to take a plastic cast of your bottom. that was then going to be the seat that i'd sit on to go across the banister. it was a strange introduction. it was not exactly the shakespeare yan approach that i had been used to. >> karen remembers julie andrews as her savior, coming to the rescue in typical mary poppins fashion. just as she was set to record her big number in the film. >> it was julie's day off, but she popped in to see if i was okay, bless her. and she said, oh, karen, let's run through the perfect nanny song. this is how i sang the song. ♪ if you want this and julie said, let's have a break. have a little break now. she took me aside, she said, no
this is a song about a little girl. just be a little girl, rather than a miniature opera singer. and then we nailed it. ♪ if you want this choice position ♪ ♪ have a cherry disposition >> jane, i don't -- >> everything you feel when you see the film, that euphoria that people get, that's how we felt. and we're all still friends to this day. >> this is every dream you would ever want for this movie, that the people who made it are still friends. >> i know! >> but sadly, not in this photograph is karen's closest cohort in the movie, matthew garber. >> we better keep an eye on this one. >> she's tricky. >> he died in 1977 at the age of 21 after contracting an illness on a trip to india. karen says she's grateful she was able to make one more picture with matthew after "mary 1967's "the no mobile" before they lost touch. >> that, of course, is a huge
sorrow. i expected him to be there for another 60, 70 years. everybody related to him and his mischievousness and his innocence and his honesty. >> during the filming of "mary poppins returns", karen got to visit the set outside london. >> cherry tree lane. coming by one of the houses. can we move in? i want to live here. >> she also melt emily mortimer who plays a grownup jane banks. >> couldn't have cast it better myself. she's just a good actress. >> we used to love flying that with mother and father. i really feel touched that karen said that. i felt nervous that i wasn't necessarily, how can you be the right person to fill those shoes? >> she'll bring a depth, to see how those people grew up. >> and now, there's a whole new generation of banks children to meet. michael's three young kids, p. >> s >> i waslyg a kite and iot
i found it absolutely amazing. i find it better than stage work, because i kind of get a little stage fright when i do stage work. >> it's speaking. >> who is going to fix that? >> there's the riddle, then what broke it fixes it. they didn't know me from adam. then i would start hearing "my shot." >> one of the iconic shows from "hamilton." >> he made up one for each of us with our individual names. my name is joel and i'm out of control and i am not throwing away my shot. i think. >> it was that. >> yeah, that was a classic. >> really cool. >> lin was lovely. i got very close to emily. she was -- she's just such a lovely, lovely lady. >> and the luminous meryl streep, who plays mary's utterly exessential track cousin. gave the kids an utterly unexpected dramatic acting lesson. >> meryl was teaching us how to fall over, but not actually hurt ourselves. >> she literally went from this
and fell on her face, like that. >> and she showed us how to make it actually look really real. and it did. >> the whole crew was like, oh! i'm talking like, whack! i thought, that's it, that's how meryl streep dies. >> even for the young actors who made it, seeing "mary poppins returns" on the big screen is an experience filled with wonder. >> how can they do that? like, when you were physically there, you didn't see it. when you watch it on a screen, you see something completely different. >> and i think we couldn't be more lucky that mary poppins is returning. i think this new film is going to rock people's socks. they're going to love it. >> yes it is, isn't it? when we return, the one and only lin-manuel miranda interviews the one and only dick van dyke. >> and then you leap onto this desk and you tap dance, and, i mean, surprised and delighted sort of all of us -- >> including me! r i disorder can make you feel like you have no limits.
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cherry tree lane -- >> really moving. >> pinch everyone moments. >> when they showed me the set of cherry tree lane, it was perfect. every detail was exactly the same. >> it was a say moan use pass the torch moment. dick van dyke, giving the new movie his blessing with his mere presence on set. >> we're standing on the shoulders of giants. we are the inheritors of this incredible legacy. you spend five minutes with dick van dyke, you are more alive than you were before. >> you feel like you're not doing enough with your life when you meet him. the energy and the spirit behind the eyes is just extraordinary. there was this really beautiful moment where there was -- i was talking to him, he just took my hand and he goes -- ♪ it's a jolly holiday with mary ♪ and i was like, you're going to make me cry! you can't do that to me! >> but he wasn't there just for sentiment. he makes a secret appearance in the movie.
okay, not so secret. it's in the trailer. he told lin-manuel miranda how he got there. >> what was your reaction when they told you there be a sequel to "mary poppins." >> well, i got excited, of course, and of course my first question was, can i be in it? >> the answer, an unequivocal yes. and they swapped stories, it turned out that each had had his first musical experience in a production of "bye-bye birdie." dick's was on broadway. ♪ put on a happy face >> lin-manuel's? the sixth grade at new york city's hunter college elementary school. ♪ oh, oh, oh >> you want to do more theater? >> yeah, that's my bread and butter. >> yeah, oh, boy. >> next for me, literally after this movie comes out, i go back and i'm going to play hamilton in puerto rico. >> i haven't seen the show yet. nobody got me tickets. >> wait a minute. i know a guy involved. i think i have a hookup for you.
>> i hate to bring it up. >> yeah. >> now, about that cameo. dick van dyke does not return at the chimney sweep. in the first film, he played the elder staterman chairman bank where george banks worked. >> it's funny, when you're a kid, you don't realize that, it's you in that part. >> when they made me up at the old man in the old one, i had to go to walt and ask him for the part. >> really? i didn't know that. >> yeah. >> i said, i'll do it for nothing. actually, i had to give him $4,000. i paid him to do it. >> you paid him to play the banker? >> and i'd do it again. >> wow. >> and sure enough, he does. in "mary poppins returns", he plays the son of the banker in the first film. >> they made me a gorgeous head of hair and a beard and everything. i said, do you know you're making up a 91-year-old man to look like a 91-year-old man? >> in the film, dick has the
piece deresistance, sure to send chills up and down every fan's spine. >> i remember there was sort of, is he goes to jump? and then you leap onto this desk and you tap dance, i mean, surprised and deleagued so deli all of us -- >> including me! >> it was so beautiful, i honest to god could not say cut because i was in tears. >> the beauty of it. i could tell everybody's heart was in the right place. they were into it, they just felt, you know, what walt would have wanted them to feel, i think. >> having dick van dyke say to us, i feel the same spirit here that i felt on the first film, that was the greatest compliment of all. >> everything is possible. even the impossible. >> i can't wait for people to see it. i'm going to be there. i'm going to be there with my tux on. >> i'll be right next to you. >> when is it? >> christmas. >> god, i hope i live that long. >> you're going to be fine! you're going to that and
many more. >> technically, it opens december 19th. what do you think people will leave the theater feeling? >> kids who see this movie are going to be wowed and amazed by the spectacle of it all and adults are going to go, man, our childhoods went like that, and hopefully for two and a half hours, you're back in your childhood. >> you've forgotten what it's like to be a child. >> so, tis the season for ma"ma poppins returns." timeless music lifts all of us above the day-to-day andk the wonder of childhood. as only mary poppins can. >> off we go!
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