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Goofs from Mary Poppins Returns

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  • When Georgie is flying the kite the wind is blowing strongly into his face but the kite is pulling in the opposite direction.
  • In one scene set at night, the sound of cicadas can be heard. Cicadas are not native to England and so would never be heard at night.
  • Jack slides down the lamp post twice. He slides down before and after Mary Poppins and the kids.
  • When Admiral Boom and Binnacle salute Mary and the children in the bath fantasy scene they give British Army salutes rather than British Navy salutes.
  • In a couple of street scenes, road markings of double yellow lines (no parking) are covered over but can be seen if you know where to look.
  • Tuppence invested for 20-some years would be more likely to result in bus fare than pay off the mortgage on a house. As such, some viewers have speculated that Mr. Dawes Jr.'s story about that investment is an excuse for the bank president to arbitrarily forgive Michael Banks' debt in view of his nephew's treatment of him without it appearing to be an act of charity.
  • While rummaging through the attic, Michael finds the snow globe of St. Paul's Cathedral. In the original film, however, Mary Poppins takes this with her when she leaves.
  • The gaslights used in the movie are all naked flames. By the 1930s, gaslights used mantles, which gave off a lot more light for less gas and didn't smoke the glass covers. Also, gaslights were largely controlled by clockwork (still used in historic areas today in London and other European cities), so the leeries' main job would have been maintenance: mantle replacement and winding the clockwork rather than daily lighting/dousing.
  • In the London street scenes, several of the buses shown are too old for the 1930s setting. For instance, the buses are shown with outside staircases to the upper deck, whereas those designs (from post-WWI) had been superseded by then by designs with enclosed staircases.
  • When Cousin Topsy performs a handstand during her dancing routine, her earrings do not dangle down to the ground. This shows the scene was filmed with her putting her hands on a surface above her head and subsequently being rotated 180 degrees in post-production. This is clearly intentional as the rest of the scene plays out with all of the characters standing on their heads and everything remains intact, i.e. the skirts of three female characters.
  • When Mary Poppins lands with the kite, she is holding the kite back-to-front, with the struts facing forward. If one has ever made, or flown a kite, one will know that this impossible - a kite cannot fly like this.
  • When the children are going to the shop and don't have enough money, they mention buying things at 'half-off'. This is an American phrase that would not be used by a child in London who would say 'half price'.
  • Jane and Michael inherit the house from their parents. They were very wealthy when they were kids. Its 20 years later into the future and they have somehow missed some mortgage payments. If they were very wealthy, the mortgage would have been paid off in advance a long time ago.
  • In the original movie, the kite is mended with newspaper along its right border. In the new movie, the kite's original yellow border is seen all the way around.
  • During "A Cover Is Not The Book", Jack is seen walking up stacks of books as they magically prepare themselves to be stood on. After a camera view change, black boxes where the magic books would appear if Jack had continued his walk have not been removed by the special effects team and are visible.
  • In the scene where the house is empty a 3 pin BS1363 plug socket can be seen. This standard wasn't introduced until 1947 therefore not correct for a 1930s house.
  • The dials of the "Big Ben" clock are shown to be lit by many gas jets, but the lighting of dials had been electrified in 1906.
  • At the end of the original Mary Poppins, George Banks sings "With tuppence for paper and string you can have your own set of wings," indicating that he used Michael's tuppence to mend the kite and did not invest it in the Dawes, Tomes, Mousely, Grubbs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.


  • It's stated that many foreclosures equals big profits for the bank. This isn't true; many foreclosures means many bad loans, and many bad loans is fatal to a bank. Banks make their money by the interest they charge on loans. If the loans aren't paid back, the bank not only loses the unpaid amount of the loan, but also the interest which would have been paid, and it's rare that the amount they'd get by repossessing a house and reselling it would exceed the unpaid principle plus the amount the back would have received in interest. A foreclosure usually means a loss for the bank.
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