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Who doesn"t love the iconic Mary Poppins movie? The flying nanny Mary Poppins with a parrot headed umbrella became a cult favorite when it came out over 50 years ago. In 2019, Disney presented the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns. It was an emotional ode to the original Mary Poppins.
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The first thing that you spot about Mary Poppins is her umbrella, and the fact that she wouldn"t be the sharp caretaker she is if it wasn"t for her umbrella. In both the movies, Mary flew into the scene via her umbrella. It makes one wonder, what can the umbrella do after all? Turns out, almost everything. From advising Mary to flying her around.
Without further ado, here are ten superpowers the parrot-headed umbrella has.
The parrot headed umbrella is like an old friend that keeps knocking sense into Mary. It"s one thing for it to talk back in a monotone voice, but another to pick up perfectly fine conversations like you are a human! As the umbrella talks, you can hear a range of emotions in its voice, depending upon the situation, such as happiness, excitement, and so on. Just FYI, the sensible voice behind the umbrella was provided by David Tomlinson, the actor who played Mr. Banks.
What do you say when the nanny has a nanny herself? In a good way, Mary Poppins" umbrella keeps her in check. Mary guided the children, while the umbrella guided her. Often times, it introduced Mary to her softer side. Because Mary had a strong-headed disposition, the umbrella helped her to relax once in a while by taking her over the rooftops of London. The umbrella is her friend and her floating gadget, whatever the need be.
It isn"t just the talking or the flying, the umbrella has a life of its own. That"s pretty evident from its twinkling eyes and moving tongue. Most of the time, it seems to be speaking what lies in Mary"s heart. You know, things the nanny wants to say but doesn"t. At other times, the umbrella does the trick for her, like ridding her off of the competition as soon as she reaches the Banks" residence. At this moment, one is compelled to think whether the umbrella acts according to Mary"s instructions or does such things on its own.
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Whichever way it is, know that its a superpowered umbrella.
7 TRANSPORTS FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER
Well, this one"s sort of a given. The moment Mary Poppins enters the scene, we immediately realize that her parrot-headed umbrella is behind it. They don"t call Mary Poppins flying nanny for nothing. In Mary Poppins, an east wind blows the nannies waiting outside the Banks" residence for the interview. But things become utterly breezy as Mary Poppins flies right out the clear blue sky with an umbrella. Talk about knocking your way in!
The umbrella"s flying powers are established early on in Mary Poppins. But it can do more than fly Mary and transport her over chimneys and gables. Just by grabbing the umbrella, Mary floats up in the air and stays put.
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Mary Poppins takes the children to pay a visit to Uncle Albert. The thing is, Uncle Albert has acquired an unstoppable laugh that raises him up in the ceiling. And oh, it"s contagious. Within no time, you see Bert (Mary"s protege) and the children join the merriment up above the ceiling. As Mary fails to talk sense to them, she grips the umbrella to float in the air and she brings everyone down.
5 BUILDS CASTLES IN THE AIR
Quite literally! As Mary Poppins takes the children on a joyous sky ride, up above the chimney, onto the rooftops and railings of Edwardian London, you notice another hidden talent of the parrot-headed umbrella. Mary pokes the umbrella at a cloud of black smoke to turn it into a stairway to heaven. Together Mary, Bert, and the children reach the pinnacle of London and watch the world from up above. The same cloud of smoke brings them down, safe and sound.
At the beginning of both Mary Poppins movies, there"s one thing oddly in common. An easterly wind blows before Mary"s grand entrance. In both cases, it is the parrot-headed umbrella that flies Mary to Cherry Tree Lane, London. Having said that, it would be strange not to think Mary uses the same umbrella for maneuvering directions to help her to fly. It would explain why the wind rises every time Mary flies in of the thick blue clouds.
3 MIND READER
How obvious should this one be! "I know exactly how you feel about these children," says the umbrella. Mary shut its beak and tried to pass the incident in the closing credits. The thing is, he knows what"s inside Mary"s heart. Here"s a friend who"s not afraid to say what lies in Mary"s heart. It"s one thing to contradict Mary but absolutely another to know what lies inside her heart. And for an umbrella to do so, it"s nothing short of a superpower.
At the very beginning of Mary Poppins, you will notice that the umbrella does what Mary Poppins silently commands it to do. Case in point: Mary taps her umbrella twice on the ground to open the door of the Banks" residence. What"s interesting is that the door shuts behind her too! It makes one think the umbrella is a magic wand after all.
1 SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
The parrot headed umbrella is the common sense of Mary Poppins. It isn"t just the ability to talk, but the sheer sensibility that takes viewers aback. This is exemplified by the time when it reminded her how the family and the children left her behind without any gratitude.
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"That"s gratitude for you. They didn"t even say goodbye," goes the parrot head. Mary delivers her iconic reply, "practically perfect people never permit sentiment to muddle their thinking."
At which point umbrella cuts her short, "you don"t fool me a bit." To think that an umbrella would know something like gratitude means there"s more than meets the eye.