It’s less than a month until Mary Poppins comes back to the big screen in Mary Poppins Returns. Disney released two full-length songs and gave fans a sneak peek at what they’re in for. The songs are “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” sung by Mary Poppins, and “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” sung by Jack the lamplighter. You can watch the first one up at the top here and the second song below.
These titles might ring a bell for fans who have been following the sequel. Clips of both of these tunes have appeared in the trailers for Mary Poppins Returns. The trailers reveal that the original Banks children have grown up and are facing some hard times in London. Mary (Emily Blunt) comes back to look after the original Banks siblings, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer). Michael is a widower struggling to raise three children and trying to hang onto the Banks’ family home.
In “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary sings to Michael’s grieving children. In this introspective song, Mary explains to the children that their mother is still watching over them. It’s a little sadder than all of the famous Sherman Brothers songs in the 1964 film.
“Trip a Little Light Fantastic” is reminiscent of the original Mary Poppins. In a Cockney accent, Lin-Manuel Miranda sings about the life of a lamp-lighter for seven minutes with the rest of the cast. This promises to be a huge musical number like Dick Van Dyke’s “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Miranda’s accent even feels a bit more realistic than Dick Van Dyke’s famous over-the-top cockney.
Are the songs good? So far, yes. Will they work in the movie? That remains to be seen.
Mary Poppins Returns is in theaters December 19.