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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Trailer and Poster Reveal Hand-Drawn Animation, Dick Van Dyke, and More

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The wait is over! After the tantalizing teaser trailer we’ve been taunted with since March, today Disney finally revealed the poster and full trailer for the highly anticipated Mary Poppins Returns, in theaters December 19.

Firstly… take a gander at that poster above! It’s got an illustrated vibe to it (dare we say… sidewalk chalk?) and hints at a few of the characters and scenarios that we see more of in…

…the full trailer! Check it out:

Ok, so there’s obviously a lot to process here. First, let’s just take a moment to wipe the tears from our eyes.

Everybody good? We’re all ok? All right. Next, let’s geek out over what wasn’t widely known (if it was announced at all) until now: The film will include a sequence in which the live-action cast enters a traditionally animated world. Obviously harking back to the original’s “Jolly Holiday”/”Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” scene, and marks the first time hand-drawn animation has appeared in a theatrical Disney production since 2011’s Winnie the Pooh. It is unknown at this time if the animated sequence was produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, or by a smaller subsidiary of Disney, or by an outside vendor.

The trailer also gives us a peek into some of the scenes and stars of the movie that were until now under wraps. Here are some screengrabs of the highlights. (Forgive the blurriness on some of them, as they were captured by hand.) The “Feed the Birds” snowglobe! Flying bikes! Dick Van Dyke! Angela Lansbury! Wow, wow, wow, and wow.

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Additionally, Disney released the official stills below to accompany the trailer. They’re essentially trailer screengrabs, but in higher quality.

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Director Rob Marshall (ChicagoInto the Woods) helms this sequel to the 1964 classic that is regarded by many as the pinnacle of Walt Disney’s film career.

In 2013, Disney released Saving Mr. Banks, a theatrical feature which chronicled the true story of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) acquiring the rights to adapt Mary Poppins for film from the story’s author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson). While Saving Mr. Banks had many callbacks to the 1964 movie, Mary Poppins Returns marks the first tried-and-true sequel to the original.

Mary Poppins Returns releases in theaters December 19, bumping up from its originally announced Christmas Day release.

All right… This is a lot to take in. What do you think?

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About Blake Taylor

Blake is a scriptwriter at Elevation Church, where he develops documentary shorts and creative elements as part of the film team. He graduated Appalachian State University studying Electronic Media Production and is an alumni of the Disney College Program. Blake’s favorite films are Mary Poppins, The Lion King, and Toy Story 3. You can find him on Twitter (@blake_242) and visit his blog at blakeonline.com.