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4 Movies like Mary Poppins: Evergreen Classics You’ll Love!

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Jane Howarth itcherMary Poppins is one of the most enchanting films around.
At its heart, this is the tale of a nanny who brings a family closer together.
~ Jane Howarth

Beyond that, it’s full of fantastical dreamworlds that appear inside pavements, rooftop walks at sunset and songs aplenty.If you’re looking for other movies like Mary Poppins, there are plenty to choose from, including these four classics.
`The Sound of Music´ – 1965

There are no animated sequences or magical lands here, but the story of a nanny arriving to bring a family closer together is certainly relevant to Mary Poppins.

Julie Andrews plays another nanny role as Maria, the nun assigned to look after the Von Trapp children.

Like Mary Poppins, Maria shows the family how to find precious moments in their ordinary lives – mostly through wonderful songs!

`Pete’s Dragon´ – 1977

Not all classic movies like Mary Poppins are set in a world of Edwardian elegance.

Pete’s Dragon is a down-home tale set in the backwaters of America.

Mary Poppins’ focus on bringing the family closer together is turned on its head, as we follow Pete, a young orphan on the run from a neglectful home.

He faces the challenges of seeking acceptance in a new town with the help of his new friend, an animated dragon.

`Chitty Chitty Bang Bang´ – 1968

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stars Dick Van Dyke, returning to the English countryside without Bert’s Cockney twang, as inventor Caractacus Potts.

The Toot Sweets sequence encapsulates the spirit of Chitty – with the help of Potts’ imagination, he, his children, his father, and their new friend get up to mischief before taking a detour to a mysterious town where children are banned.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was originally written by Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels.

You’ll spot the family-friendly twist on his usual themes, with character names like Truly Scrumptious, the all-important feature-packed car and a slapstick-laden spy plot.

`Bedknobs and Broomsticks´ – 1971

If you’ve looking for more family movies like Mary Poppins that are full of magical mischief, you can’t beat Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Like Mary Poppins, this family film is part live-action, part animation – the perfect showcase for magical journeys.

Two Wartime evacuees are sent to live with Angela Lansbury’s Eggletine, a trainee witch awaiting the final installment of her magical correspondence course.

Her instructor, Mr Brown, should look familiar – he’s played by David Tomlinson, otherwise known as Mr Banks.  Look out for an appearance by Bruce Forsythe too!

The songs are easy to sing along to.  One of the most memorable is Portobello Road, Bedknobs’ equivalent of Chim-Chim-Cheree/Step in Time.

Portobello Road, Portobello Road,

Street where the riches of ages are stowed

If, like me, you love fuzzy creatures, you’ll also appreciate Eggletine’s favourite trick.  I don’t want to give away too much, so let’s just say the results are very cute.


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Hi, I’m Jane, BA (Drama, Film and TV) and MA (Cultural and Creative Industries). When I’m not writing about creative things, I’m designing or planning them. If you’re brave enough to risk an avalanche, look behind the stacks of books and DVDs and you’ll find me balancing a cup of tea, a handful of knitting and a cupcake.
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