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What do the Banks children have against barley water?

Barley Water is not, in fact, beer or scotch, although those are good guesses in the absence of context. Water in which barley has been boiled was considered a health drink dating back centuries, in ...
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What do the Banks children have against barley water?

Assuming the original Mary Poppins book by P.L. Travers is anything to go by, their objection doesn't seem to be the smell of barley water per se, but more that their old unliked nanny (Katie Nanna) ...
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How is the Mary Poppins Sequel legal when the author denied a sequel?

Disney were keen to make a follow-up to Mary Poppins as early as 1982 but the movie ended up in a glorious legal mess because of legal clauses on both sides that required creative agreement from both ...
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Were the backwards lyrics correct in Mary Poppins Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

Yes - in the Broadway musical where it is pronounced as per the libretto TheLethalCarrot posted a comment to: suoicodilaipxecitsiligarfilacrepus. No - not in the ...
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Were the backwards lyrics correct in Mary Poppins Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

No. I don't have the script handy, but my recollection is that they created the "backwards version" by taking the original word, cutting it into chunks, and saying the chunks in reverse order. ...
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Why does Mary Poppins turn her feet out when she flies?

I doubt you'll find any "in-universe" explanation, but this obituary for Mary Shepard, the original illustrator of the Mary Poppins books, mentions that it was Shepard's idea to depict her flying this ...
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