In honor of Mary Poppins 50th anniversary and the release of Saving Mr. Banks, here are 25 bits of trivia by the numbers.
1: Actor to portray Walt Disney in a theatrical drama (Tom Hanks in Saving Mr. Banks)
2: Brothers who wrote the music for Mary Poppins (Robert and Richard Sherman)
3: Movies shot at Disneyland (Saving Mr. Banks, That Thing You Do and 40 Pounds of Trouble)
4: Children mentioned in the Mary Poppins book – only two remained for the movie
4: Occupations of Bert in the movie (One-man band, chalk artist, chimney sweep and kite salesman)
5: Academy Awards given to Mary Poppins (Best Actress, Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song)
6: Millions of dollars spent on the making of Mary Poppins – the most expensive film for the company at the time.
7: Sequels written about Mary Poppins
7: Days it took to film the “Step in Time” sequence in Mary Poppins
10: Cents extra was paid to Matthew Garber who played Michael in the film for every time they filmed the tea party scene as he was afraid of heights.
13: Academy Award nominations given for Mary Poppins
17: Songs featured in Mary Poppins
17: The house address of the Banks family on Cherry Tree Lane
20: Years for Walt Disney to obtain the rights to Mary Poppins
25: Number of guest Colin Farrell invited into his home to watch a screening of Mary Poppins since he knew that he wouldn’t get a chance to meet the other cast members of the 1961 portion of Saving Mr. Banks
28.5: Millions of dollars the studio took in for Mary Poppins in 1965 alone - the most successful feature for the studio until then
30+: Songs originally written for Mary Poppins
34: Letters in the word “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
47-50: Tries it took for Julie Andrews to nail the lullaby song “Stay Awake”
50: Anniversary of Mary Poppins in 2014
100+: Glass and matte paintings used to recreate the London skyline in Mary Poppins
124: Number of pieces of artwork that were created between 1961 and 1964 were shared with the Saving Mr. Banks production team including storyboard sketches, concept paintings, set drawings, costume designs and promotional art
139: Minutes of film for Mary Poppins
150: Pieces of ephemera The Walt Disney Archives digitized for Saving Mr. Banks including era-appropriate Disneyland souvenir guides, postcards, posters, merchandise catalogs, memo paper and premiere invitations for use by the filmmakers
500: Photographs used to visually recreate the Disney Studio lot, Disneyland® Park, and the Mary Poppins premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
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