• 'Mary Poppins Returns': How we wrote the film's Oscar-nominated songs
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    Tom Butler

    'Mary Poppins Returns': How we wrote the film's Oscar-nominated songs

    Scott Wittman, who co-wrote the 'Mary Poppins Returns' soundtrack with Marc Shaiman, shares how the film's songs - including 'The Place Where Lost Things Go' - came together.

  • 'Mary Poppins' chimney sweep 'blackface' dance is racist, claims academic
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    Ben Arnold

    'Mary Poppins' chimney sweep 'blackface' dance is racist, claims academic

    The chimney sweep dance in Mary Poppins, led by Dick van Dyk’s affable jack-of-all-trades Burt, harks back to ‘blackface’ tropes, an academic has claimed. In an article in the New York Times, Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, a professor of English and gender studies professor at Oregon’s Linfield College, has said that in the book by PL Travers, the sequence signifies ‘racial panic’. Pollack-Pelzner flatly calls the scene ‘blacking up’, and while it may seem innocuous, it has other more troubling connotations.

  • Revealed: The top 50 films every kid should see before they grow up
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    Ben Arnold

    Revealed: The top 50 films every kid should see before they grow up

    Whether it's weeping as ET finally gets to go home, or stepping in time with Burt and his chimney sweep chums in 'Mary Poppins', there are certain films that just encapsulate childhood.