Mary Poppins was released in 1964, so the wait for a sequel has been a long time coming. The teaser trailer to Mary Poppins Returns, featuring Emily Bluntas the titular character, has debuted and while Poppins doesn’t make an appearance towards the end of the 95 second clip, it is still a must see video.
For one, we get to see Hamilton’sLin-Manuel Miranda navigate a kite and Mr. Banks (Ben Whishaw) softly exclaim “Mary Poppins, it is wonderful to see you.” Blunt immediately replies to the couple (Emily Mortimer plays Mrs. Banks) “Yes it is, isn’t it?” while looking at herself in the mirror.
It will be hard to match Julie Andrews’ iconic performance as Mary Poppins, but Blunt is more than capable of putting her own spin to the character. Co-starring Dick Van Dyke and Meryl Streep, Mary Poppins Returns is set for a Christmas release. Check out the teaser trailer and tell us what you think!
Moana co-director Ron Clements and producer Osnat Shurer talked to press members yesterday about the upcoming Blu-ray (March 7) and Digital HD (February 21) release of the film. The evocative and informative special feature “Voice of the Islands,” which detailed how the Polynesian culture served as the heart and soul of the film, was screened at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Another stand-out featurette that was shown to the media was an informative look at the collaboration among Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Since Moana was a monumental box office and critical hit, one would assume a sequel is immediately in the offing. Thankfully, Shurer said there is no rush to put another installment on the proverbial assembly line, as any proposed sequel will definitely originate from a more organic place.
“The way we work here in terms of sequels is our directors will go back into development after a rest,” said Shurer. “We’re all needing a little bit of a break. We’ll contemplate what kind of story they’d like to tell next. Often it’ll be a move to a different world and a different kind of story. Sometimes there’s this compelling ‘I’ve got to tell it continuation of the story within the same world, and then in that case if that gets approved we would develop one. It has to come from within – this kind of ‘We’ve got this great story we have to tell’ rather than ‘Hey that was successful, make another one.’ We’re lucky that way.”
The Moana special features also include deleted scenes, the Alessia Cara video “How Far I’ll Go,” the mini-movie Gone Fishing, and audio commentary from co-directors Clements and John Musker.
Shortly after leaving the Broadway stage from his Tony winning show Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda finds himself with another hit on his hands with Pixar’s Moana where he composed and wrote songs for the film.
As many know, putting together and making a Pixar film can take much longer than making a live feature film. That was the case for Lin-Manuel Miranda who told us getting Moana was a surreal experience because it was while he was in preparations for Hamilton.
For a lot of creative people, it can be very difficult balancing two completely different projects. But for Miranda, it was refreshing working on both projects because once he was overdosing working on Hamilton day and night he had newfound energy working on Moana.