New 'Mary Poppins Returns' sneak peek: A dancing Dick Van Dyke, a new song, and some familiar-looking penguins

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If you grew up singing along to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “Spoonful of Sugar,” this nostalgic teaser for Mary Poppins Returns should look familiar. Disney has released a “special look” at the upcoming musical, starring Emily Blunt in the role originated by Julie Andrews in 1964’s Mary Poppins.

Though the sequel takes place a generation later, focusing on the children of Mary’s original charge Michael Banks, the teaser reveals its many nods to the original.

The new film includes several callbacks to the original classic. (GIF: Disney)
The new film includes several callbacks to the original classic. (GIF: Disney)

In addition to Mary’s winking parrot cane, there’s a journey into a land of animated creatures (note the dancing penguins borrowed from the original “Jolly Holiday” sequence), a lamplighter dance that recalls the high-energy chimney-sweep number “Step in Time,” a house where children float to the ceiling, and most affecting of all, 92-year-old Dick Van Dyke re-creating the dancing-old-man shtick from his youth.

A surprisingly spry Dick Van Dyke is back as a new character in <em>Mary Poppins Returns</em>. (GIF: Disney)
A surprisingly spry Dick Van Dyke is back as a new character in Mary Poppins Returns. (GIF: Disney)

Besides these familiar delights, the teaser includes the partial debut of a new song, “Can You Imagine That?”, written in the vein of the Sherman brothers’ classic Mary Poppins score by Hairspray songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, and some animated friends perform in <em>Mary Poppins Returns</em>. (GIF: Disney)
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, and some animated friends perform in Mary Poppins Returns. (GIF: Disney)

The Rob Marshall-directed film co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda as lamplighter Jack (who seems to fill the same role as Van Dyke’s Bert in the original), Ben Whishaw as grown-up Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer as his sister, Jane Banks, and Julie Walters as the Bankses’ housekeeper Ellen, along with a colorful cast of A-list bit players that includes Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Angela Lansbury.

Mary Poppins Returns opens in theaters on Dec. 19.

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