Director Rob Marshall Breaks Down How Live Action & Animation Came Together in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Director Rob Marshall discusses how a scene, which combines live action and hand-drawn animation in the new Mary Poppins Returns, came to be.

Fascinating all the thinking that went into layering the 2-D animation, even down to how the clothing was painted to be a part of the scene.

From The New York Times‘ Anatomy of a Scene series:

The Banks children go on adventure that takes them inside of a ceramic bowl and into an animated countryside, in this fanciful scene from the new Disney sequel “Mary Poppins Returns.” The film’s director Rob Marshall narrates a closer look at the sequence, which features Emily Blunt as the titular nanny and Lin-Manuel Miranda as the lamplighter friend of the family, Jack. Here, Marshall discusses how animators were brought out of retirement to work on the 2-D animation.

Trailer: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

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The official trailer for the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns is here, and it’s everything we wanted it to be.

Starring Emily Blunt in the title role, the film also boasts a stellar cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Julie Walters and Dick Van Dyke.

Rob Marshall, who helmed the Disney take on Into the Woods, is on point as director.

The new film features new original songs with music by award-winning composer Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman.

Mary Poppins Returns lands in theaters December 19.

Watch the magic below.

First Look At Upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns”

Emily Blunt as “Mary Poppins”

What a great way to start the week as we get our first look at the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns.

Starring Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, this new chapter in the Poppins saga will see the indomitable nanny return to find her former charges Michael and Jane Banks all grown up.

But there’s always a need for Poppins.

Also appearing in the cast are Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke.

I have to admit I got a chill watching this. The film hits theaters this Christmas because, you know, “it’s a jolly holiday with Mary…”