Top 25 Outdoor Movie: Mary Poppins (sing-along version)
For one of our final Top 25 Outdoor Movies, we'd like to review Mary Poppins, the 1964 Disney musical classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The film is loved by all generations, and would make an excellent selection for your next outdoor movie event.
The sing-along version of the film presents some great opportunities with engaging your audience. Here is the original trailer for the film: (it's sure amazing how trailers have changed!)
Mary Poppins is one of those classic films that your entire community will love, and is a film that still captivates children everywhere, but is memorable for those of older generations. The movie is set in London, England and is based off the book series by P. L. Travers (also great works of literature in their own right).
The story follows the youngsters Jane and Micheal Banks (brother and sister), and their adventures with their new nanny, Mary Poppins. She takes the children on a series of adventures and leads them places they've never dreamed of - merry-g0-rounds with live horses, rooms with laughing old men who float in the air, and dinner with dancing penguins!
Mary Poppins was created in a time when Disney films were really more musicals than anything else, and so has some unforgettable tunes such as "Just a Spoon Full of Sugar", and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
If you can get the sing-along version of the film, you're guaranteed to have your entire audience joining along in singing these classic songs. The families in your community will really enjoy the event, and the children will never forget the experience they had.
There are some really great pre-show activities with this film, and a magic show would fit right in to the night's theme. You could maybe even find a magician that could perform Mary Poppins' bag trick- where she keeps pulling stuff out of her bag, even though there doesn't seem to be enough room.
Your community would definitely be impressed, and it would make the event a memorable one. We know we say this all the time, but we'd love to hear about anyone who has hosted Mary Poppins as an outdoor movie! Please post your stories to the comments section below.