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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Home Release Dates Announced

Disney has announced the home release dates for Mary Poppins Returns. The film will be available on Digital 4K Ultra HDTM and Movies Anywhere on March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD,  Blu-rayTM, and DVD on March 19, 2019, featuring a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus material.

In Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, an all-new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a., with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books, and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

Bonus Features included with Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD are:

  • Deleted Song – “The Anthropomorphic Zoo”– In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places.
  • The Practically Perfect Making of “Mary Poppins Returns”– Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
    • Introduction– Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.”
    • “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky”– Discover how the team mined PL Travers’ books for a fresh perspective on a much-loved character. Plus, meet the Banks children!
    • “Can You Imagine That?”– Be on location for Mary’s iconic entrance from the sky, and explore the movie’s original songs, inspired by the Sherman Brothers.
    • “Nowhere to Go but Up”– Experience being on set with the legendary Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the right balloon!
  • Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins Returns”– Go behind the scenes and experience the film’s production numbers from a new angle.
    • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic”– Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film’s biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!
    • “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” / “A Cover Is Not the Book”– Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
    • “Turning Turtle”– Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
    • “Can You Imagine That?”– Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created.
  • Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns– Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.
  • Practically Perfect Bloopers– There’s nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Leaving Topsy’s– After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
    • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic”– The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie’s biggest musical production.
  • Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode– Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.

Digital Exclusive:

  • Play Movie with Audio Commentary– Watch the film with commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.

You can watch the official trailer for Mary Poppins Returns below:

Artists Create New Magic Through Classic Animation in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

The adventures of Mary Poppins continue with a new generation of Banks children in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, which pays tribute to one of the 1964 film’s most memorable sequences in a colorful marriage of live action and animation that takes viewers to the “simply sensational standing-ovational Royal Doulton Music Hall” for a breathtaking musical number. Harking back to Mary Poppins’ “Jolly Holiday,” which saw Mary Poppins, chimney sweep Bert and her young charges leap into a chalk illustration drawn upon the sidewalks of London, in Mary Poppins Returns the beloved nanny leads the way to another unlikely world, one that exists within an exquisitely painted Royal Doulton china bowl found inside the house on Cherry Tree Lane. While new technology has enabled motion picture animation to advance markedly over the last 54 years, a team comprised of both seasoned and emerging animators came together to create this stunning two-dimensional world.

Animation Sequence Supervisor Jim Capobianco, a veteran of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, shares that he was considered the go-to “2-D guy” during his time at Pixar, where he counts among his credits the original story for Ratatouille, as well as two-dimensional projects that include the short Your Friend the Rat (from the home entertainment release of Ratatouille) and the credits for WALL•E. Some movie matchmaking brought together Capobianco and Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall, who saw the opportunity for an approach that would use traditional, hand-drawn animation to deliver something that retained the nostalgia of the 1964 film, but felt fresh and different from what had been done before.

“I think 2-D animation has a magical quality to it. It’s so different from the rest of the movie in the sense that you’re losing a dimension,” Capobianco says. To create a visual language to convey to audiences that they have journeyed to another world, the animation team drew upon the research skills that Pixar and Disney animators are known for. The team studied Royal Doulton china, 1930s-era English music halls and even penguins, as they designed an animated world in which Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the young Banks children could move within seamlessly.

The animation team consisted of both veteran animators who had worked on classics such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King—several of whom came out of retirement for the chance to be part of a brand-new movie featuring Mary Poppins—as well as younger artists who share Capobianco’s commitment to keeping the world of 2-D animation alive. The process began just as it did in 1964, on paper, and continued for Capobianco in a fashion that transported him to an earlier time, as well.

“In the initial stages of developing the animation, I would bring the storyboards down to Disney and I would meet Rob there and pitch the sequence in the Hyperion Bungalow,” Capobianco recalls. Surrounded by Disney history, “We would pin up the drawings and I would go through the sequence in the room to everybody, live,” he continues. With director Marshall, screenwriter David Magee and composer Marc Shaiman in the bungalow—and a piano on hand, as well—these review sessions would lead to spontaneous collaboration as the artwork inspired rewrites to the music and the script. “It felt very much as close as we could possibly get to the Sherman brothers working with Walt and Don DaGradi and that whole team. In a way, we went back to the way the original was made, in that sense,” Capobianco shares.

Modern innovations intended to streamline the animation process created unexpected hurdles for the animators, who had to discover new ways to integrate their “analog” style of animation into a digital world. “We had to work out new pipelines,” says Capobianco, who compared the challenge to using a combustion engine in a world largely populated with electric cars. The animators were able to use digital technology to their advantage, however, to shift characters within a frame, or duplicate parts of the animation when necessary. “There are a lot of characters and there’s a lot going on, and today’s technology does allow us to fill [the animation] out a little more,” Capobianco explains.

For the animators, it was both thrilling and  a little daunting to bring classic animation to a modern motion picture. “I think everybody was excited to be part of making another film that could stand with the original film,” says Capobianco, who believes that their trepidation fueled the quality of the animation they created for the new film—which honors the legacy of the original film and creates movie magic that will endure long after the wind changes.

Mary Poppins Returns Special to Air on Thanksgiving Night

Just in time for the holiday season, a special edition of “20/20” gives viewers an inside look at “Mary Poppins Returns,” the sequel to the classic 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. In the special, ABC News’ Chris Connelly sits down for the first prime-time television interviews with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, stars of the sequel. They open up about both the responsibility and joy they feel about stepping into their characters and the iconic world of Mary Poppins, which hasn’t been portrayed on the big screen in over 50 years. The hour also features an exclusive one-on-one conversation between Van Dyke and Miranda on “Mary Poppins Returns” and Van Dyke’s excitement to share the Mary Poppins magic with a new generation. “Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic – A Special Edition of 20/20” airs Thursday, Nov. 22 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.

The hour includes interviews with cast and crew from “Mary Poppins Returns” including director Rob Marshall; composer Marc Shaiman; lyricist Scott Wittman; Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson, actors who play the Banks children; costume designer Sandy Powell; character designer James Woods; and animator James Baxter. “20/20” also features interviews with Karen Dotrice, the actress who played Jane Banks in the original Mary Poppins; and Jeff Kurtti, a Disney historian and author. Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” hits theaters Dec. 19, 2018.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is produced by a division of ABC News’ parent company, The Walt Disney Company.

New Character Posters and Sneak Peek for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Check out the new character posters and a sneak peek from Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” below.

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“Mary Poppins Returns” opens in theaters nationwide December 19.

VIDEO: New ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Featurette

Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters December 19, 2018.