I distinctly remember seeing this movie as a child and wanting to be able to use Mary's magical way of cleaning up a room. I was fascinated with her and her big bag of furnishings and clever ways. I loved the mixture of animation and live action and I especially loved the music. All of that is still true today. This is definitely a masterpiece in the Disneyverse, even if it wasn't a favorite of P.L. Travers (the author of the Mary Poppins series of books). Sure, it was "Disneyfied" but that is why I love it.
Julie Andrews is the perfect Poppins and I love Dick Van Dyke's dancing. Many people miss that he also played the very old banker as well. The children are darling and seem like they are really experiencing the magic of Mary Poppins. I've never really cared for the mother figure in the story, but it's a minor issue for me and I think it's the intention of the film so that you focus on Mary.
I will admit that I like the character of Mr. Banks more after watching Saving Mr. Banks. Even if that film wasn't completely accurate, it made me look closer at what the story is really trying to accomplish and appreciate the epiphany that Mr. Banks experiences.
Oh, and I'm pretty sure that Feed the Birds is the best Sherman Brothers song of all time. Walt thought so too and he would often tell the brothers to "Play It" so he could listen to it.
This gets 10 out of 10 Mickeys from me!
Second opinion with Alex
Why on earth would this not be in the canon?
Mary Poppins blends all of its points into a concise, focused, and practically perfect film. Every improvement to the story is notable, and the film is a hallmark of Disney's history.
This film has Julie Andrews, the Sherman Brothers, and the entire music team working to make a believable score, so you'd be surprised to learn that some songs were cut, or stuck in other films.
Everyone beats up on Bert's accent, but I can't imagine the character any other way. Besides, he can speak English well, as Mr. Dawes Senior. (Watch the credits if you need it spelled out for you.)
And that story! Everything has been made to fit the story of the woman who came from the sky to fix a family's problems. Yet enough is left out or made vague to launch so many, many more stories. I'm working on one now, in fact.
If you expect anything less than 10 out of 10 from this viewing, or my review, I insist you take another look, because I don't intend explaining the charm of this film.
In fact, make that 10 plus out of 10. If we must expand the scale, we must.
We also saw the Broadway adaptation of Mary Poppins in New York back in 2012. It was fantastic! They actually danced on the ceiling! We are so excited to be able to see this again when it plays this year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.