Movie ?s #2 Mary Poppins

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Watching Mary Poppins right now and I already have two questions so I figured I’d keep a new post one and added to the first two I already have.

1.

Why the hell does Admiral Boom get to fire that cannon off to announce the time? I mean in the movie it’s just a comical little running joke, but it really got me to wonder why they allow it to happen in such a high class neighborhood that the Banks live in. I mean I don’t know what kind of laws they had back in 1910 England but Boom has to be breaking one. Also wasn’t England humiliated enough when America kicked their ass in the Revolutionary War? Oh boy there goes any British readers I had.

2.

When George Banks goes to hire a new nanny he has Winifred write the add for him and then take down every word of a little ballad/song. Well it got me to wondering of course the Banks are a family of high class so they would be able to afford to pay for such a long add. What I wanted to know was just how many British Pounds it actually did cost George to have that little ballad/song written? Obviously he was willing to spend for that one because he tore up the much sweeter one that Jane and Michael wrote that ends up getting to Mary Poppins.

3.

During the “Measure Up” scene we find out how Jane, Michael and Mary measure up but I’m sure I’m not the only one that wonders what other measurements are on that “Measure Up” tape?

4.

The “I Love To Laugh!” scene with Uncle Albert: Greatest metaphor for the dangers of drug use ever?

5.

In the course of Mary Poppins Bert works at the very least five jobs. What temp job agency does he go to because me and about fifteen million Americans sure would like to know?

 

6.

This is probably the most random thing in an already crazy magical movie but for me it’s my favorite part. When Mary Poppins is trying to get the children to go to sleep she says this to Michael “…or I’ll have to summon a policeman.” When I watched Mary Poppins the first time as an adult I broke up laughing at that. Now I just wonder what the hell at it. A policeman? It’s just one of those absurd lines that if you’re an adult you first wonder why the hell would she say that then you just laugh because of the absurdity.

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And for my final question how many of you, when you were little and saw Mary Poppins were you scared shitless by this?:

When I first saw Mary Poppins when I was a little kid that old hag scared the shit out of. So in closing to my Mary Poppins ?s I do highly recommend checking out a truly timeless and classic Disney movie. Just if you’re showing it to little kids consider skipping the old hag scene it can be quite traumatizing, I’m living proof.

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Movie ?’s #1

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Watching Wizard of Oz tonight I got to thinking about something. We all remember that amazing moment in the movie where Dorothy lands in Oz and goes to the the door of the farm house to have one of the most memorable reveals in movie history. The thing I got to thinking about is we all know that the farm house landed on the wicked witch of the East who was said to have been the ruler of Munchkin Land. Well if she had been the ruler of ¬†Munchkin Land why was the land so beautiful as opposed to later on in the film when they go to kill the Wicked West of The West? I looked into it on Wikipedia and it never really explains how or why the Wicked Witch of the East came to be the ruler of Munchkin Land. My guess is there was a whole lot of repression going on before Dorothy landed on that witch as evidenced by the big celebration and all the songs that were sung after Dorothy’s arrival. How ever it was not meant to last forever as we would see in the rather dark nature of 1985’s Return To Oz.

To think in our world Witches had to worry about being burned at the stake, but in Oz they had to worry about houses falling on them.