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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

something about mary

A new play based on the Mary Poppins books by PL (Pamela) Travers (who was originally Australian) is for children over seven only. Younger children might find it too scary.

I approve. I had all the books as a child (I still have them) and Mary gave me the chills - she was not likeable at all.

Apparently Travers saw Mary Poppins as "the embodiment of repression and the subsequent release of sexual desire. When the Disney film was released, Travers disliked it, saying it had made the nanny too sweet." I can remember being puzzled by how very different the pinch-faced, grim Mary of the book's illustrations was, compared to the pretty Julie Andrews. Mary Poppins was one of the first films I ever saw, taken by our mother in the school holidays to the King's Cross cinema - which isn't there any more.

9 Comments:

Blogger Lori said...

I quite like the movie but have read one or two of the books. I have to consider them as seperate stories as Mary Poppins is so very different. Dylan has become aware of how studios, especially Disney, sweeten the story so that younger children will enjoy it. He first noticed this with Hercules, which is nothing like the myth on which it is based.

15 December 2004 at 12:59 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. The only Mary Poppins I've ever known is the Disney version. I'd always thought that the whole point of Mary Poppins is that she turns out to be really nice, just as the kids wished, and yet she's not a pushover, and she knows exactly how to get the kids to behave.

Now that I think about it, she's a bit like a "Love and Logic"-style parent. :)

19 December 2004 at 1:33 pm  
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Oops, I forgot to sign that. That was me.

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