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Imagine the building of absolute excitement you experience once walking through the entrance of Disneyland Park and onto Main Street. The music, the people, the Cast Members, and the sound of laughter engulf you with an overwhelming sense of happiness. That is the same feeling you get from being given the opportunity to watch Mary Poppins digitally remastered on the big screen surrounded by Disney actors, actresses, and some of the people who helped make Mary Poppins one of the most iconic films of the 20th century.
The buzz could be felt on the Red Carpet for Mary Poppins AFI Fest 50th Anniversary Commemoration Screening at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday November 9th. We got the chance to interview a few ABC and Disney stars on the Red Carpet such as Jacob Bertrand (Rise of the Guardians, Paranorman) and Albert Tsai (ABC’s Trophy Wife) whom were both super excited with being able to experience Mary Poppins on the big screen for their first time ever viewing the film. Another claimed it was like seeing a 50-year old movie premier but most were more excited to be able to see it on the big screen for the first time.
We also had the chance to speak with Rowan Blanchard who will be playing Riley Matthews in the much anticipated Girl Meets World which starts filming on Monday, November 11th and set to air on Disney Channel in 2014. She was able to give us a bit of a tease insight into Girl Meets World, when asked if the cast of Boy Meets World would make any appearances she said that “what I’ve heard from the executive producer is that hopefully everyone on Boy Meets World will be on Girl Meets World.” Maitland Ward of Boy Meets World was also present for the screening. Rowan was excited to see the Mary Poppins again as she states that she has seen it many times. Her favorite song of the film is ‘Feed the Birds’ which she said she sang a lot when she was 6 years old.
Interestingly enough when we caught up with Richard Sherman who won 2 Oscars for his musical work on Mary Poppins, we asked what song in the film had the biggest impact on his life, he said “Feed the Birds. It was Walt Disney’s favorite song, it was a song that really told the story of what Mary Poppins was all about. But the parents learn that from Mary Poppins that they have to pay attention to their kids. Both parents were so busy and that’s why Mary Poppins was needed.
Others present at the screen included: Karen Dotrice who played Jane Banks in Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, Sandra Currie (The Hangover Trilogy), Charles Fleischer (Roger Rabbit), Breann Johnson (Red Wing, The Appearing), Calum Worthy (Austin & Ally), Hal Sparks (Lab Rats), Austin North (I Didn’t Do It), Kathryn Beaumont (Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr Banks) and many more!