Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins was originally released in 1964 and has since become a favorite of both children and adults. This film has stood the test of time and is still incredibly popular today – 50 years since its theatrical release! Just last year, Walt Disney Studios released Saving Mr. Banks, a film about how Disney was able to secure the rights to P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins. Let’s take a look at some of the trivia behind this classic 1964 Disney film:
- Mary Poppins was the only film produced by Walt Disney himself to be nominated for Best Picture for the Academy Awards.
- Julie Andrews was hesitant to accept the role of Mary Poppins. She was hoping to play the role of Eliza Doolittle in the 1964 film My Fair Lady. Walt wanted her to play Mary Poppins so much that he offered to delay the film’s production should she receive the role in My Fair Lady. She did not agree to play Mary Poppins until day after Warner Brothers announced Audrey Hepburn would star in My Fair Lady.
- Matthew Garber who played Michael Banks was paid an extra 10 cents per take for the tea party scene because he was afraid of heights.
- In December of 2013, the Library of Congress selected Mary Poppins for preservation in the National Film Registry. This honor came just days before the theatrical release of Saving Mr. Banks.
- Prior to the 1964 premiere of Mary Poppins, Walt Disney had not attended a studio premiere since the 1937 premiere for Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.
- Mary Poppins was released on video in 1981 and has not been out of print since. It also became the first Disney film to be released on DVD.
Do you know any other trivia about Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins? Let us know in the comments below!
Thanks to Jodi at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi at Heidi’s Head, Mike at My Dreams of Disney, and Jenn at Disney Babies Blog for hosting the Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia blog hop! Click the links below for more great Disney trivia!