Grab your pitchforks! Storm the castle! YELL INCOMPREHENSIBLE ANGRY BABBLE!
This is the major reaction to the most unexpected movie news you're probably going to hear in a while: Disney is making a new Mary Poppins! That's right, Mary Poppins, the incredible timeless classic about a magical singing nanny—Disney is making another one.
Mary Poppins is loved pretty much universally. The characters are memorable, the whimsy is the amount you'd expect from a Disney film (a.k.a very whimsical), and the songs are just so darn catchy! Who hasn't belted out 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' at least twenty or twenty-five times a week?
(Go ahead, sing along, you know you want to!)
You can imagine the sudden and absolutely expected backlash when Disney announced that Into the Woods director Rob Marshall was adapting Mary Poppins for the modern audience.
Disney had to know the kind of reaction they'd get from this news, right? I mean, reboots and adaptions come in waves in this day and age, but generally, they tend to get a bad rep.
Sure, we still see them, and enjoy quite a lot of them, not to mention we all get that wonderful nostalgic feeling whenever something from our childhood pops up again. But we always fear that if something from our childhood did come out in this modern day, it would go the route of...The Smurfs.
Magical woodland creatures and you put them in NYC!
A lot of adaptions and reboots of older things have flopped, simply because they try to change too much of what made the originals great.
I'm all for switching things up and breaking away a bit from the source material, but that doesn't necessarily mean throw the source material away, and replace it with something gimmicky and cliched. Like I said, Mary Poppins is a big thing for a lot of people; myself included. It's an incredible classic, that we certainly don't want to see ruined.
But I'm here to tell you that a new Mary Poppins movie ISN'T bad! In fact, it's a pretty good thing. Now before you aim those pitchforks towards me (or leave a nasty comment, both sting), let me explain why: