1964’s Mary Poppins remains to be a memorable film to treasure, especially the music beautifully sung by Julie Andrews. Aside from her showstopping duets with Dick Van Dyke in numbers such as Jolly Holiday and Chim Chim Cher-ee, there was something especially magical about the soft and sweet moments between Mary and the Banks children. The heart of the film was in the sweet lullabies such as “Stay Awake” and “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)”.
Emily Blunt will have her own heartwarming moment reminiscent of these in Mary Poppins Returns, with the song “The Place Where Lost Things Go.” At a press conference I attended for the film, Blunt discussed the beautiful song that Mary sings to the new Banks children, who have recently lost their mother. In her words:
You’ve been warned, tissues are needed to get through Mary Poppins Returns. The film follows the Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) as an adult struggling to hold together raising his three children keep his finances afloat following the death of his wife. His sister Jane (Emily Mortimer) tries to help too, but when Mary Poppins swings into town to offer her nanny services, it certainly sweetens up the situation.
“Where the Lost Things Go” is a touching track cooked up by composers and lyricists Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, meant to ease the children’s loss in their time of need. Emily Blunt continued with these words about the new track:
Tackling loss in a family friendly film is a heavy subject, but it’s also a theme that continues what the classic Mary Poppins is remembered for. In the original, Jane and Michael Banks were living in a household with parents detached to them, making them feel lonely and unheard. Enter Mary — who takes them to imaginative escapes and provides some worthwhile lessons for them and their parents. Dealing with loss through this song brings more heart to the film.
The song also is rooted in P.L. Travers’ books, which the story of Mary Poppins is originally based on. Composer Marc Shaiman chimed in at the conference and explained where they got the idea for the song:
“Where the Lost Things Go” is one of two tracks to be released ahead of Mary Poppins Returns, coming to theaters on December 19. The moment truly recaptures the magic of the character we know and love and is a core scene of the Disney sequel. Take a listen to the song below:
There’s definitely something about the song that tugs at the heart strings, and being able to watch Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins sing it to the Banks children will no doubt make it even more powerful
Mary Poppins Returns will arrive in theaters on December 19th, 2019.