Mary Poppins fans got a sneak peek at one of the sequel’s new songs in a “special look” video released by Disney. The Mary Poppins sequel is set on Cherry Tree Lane during the Great Depression. The Banks children have all grown up, but they’re struggling to get through the hard times. Michael (Ben Whishaw) is a widower with three children, and he and his sister are about to lose their childhood home. The new song is called “Can You Imagine That?” and is sung by Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) to the new generation of Banks children. “Can You Imagine That?” pays homage to the Sherman Brothers, who wrote the iconic music from the 1964 Mary Poppins, and is written in that same style by Hairspray score writers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
The trailer also showed one of the animated penguins from the original movie hopping up between Mary Poppins and lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) during a flashy musical number while other animated animals strike a pose. So now all fans are wondering, are they all going to tread familiar territory and sing “Jolly Holiday” or the beloved “Spoonful of Sugar?”
The answer is probably not (unless it’s being kept tightly under wraps). The film isn’t even going to pull some of the songs from Disney’s Mary Poppins stage musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2004. Even though Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury are making cameos in the film and are shown in the trailers, it appears that Disney is trying to stay away from the original movie’s old standards. In an on-set trip, Bustle reported the titles of the songs in a spoiler-heavy post. The songs are mirroring the tunes from the original film. For example, “Can You Imagine That?” is supposed to be similar in tone and theme to “Spoonful of Sugar.” Instead of taking their medicine, this new generation of Banks children doesn’t enjoy taking baths.
We’ll see if Mary Poppins Returns manages to recreate the magic of 1964 on December 19, 2019.