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Movie review on mary poppins and society

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Disney Gender Roles

The movie that I decided was doing gender is basically any Disney movie. Disney movies had a big part of how we grew up and our view on life. Almost in most Disney films, the female must be saved by their prince as if the males are more brave, strong, feared, and more powerful than women. Lately, most of Disney’s movies lead characters have been male. The movie I chose to focus on was one of my favorites growing up; Mary Poppins.
Mary Poppins took place during the Woman’s Sufferage movements. Mary Poppins, the character, is an English nanny who arrives out of the blue to take care of the two Banks children and transform their disorganized, middle-class British household. She is, by her own admission, “practically perfect in every way.” Besides effortlessly managing nursery dramas and intimidating the dithery Mrs. Banks, Ms. Poppins maintains a magical off-hours relationship with a charming if shiftless Cockney named Bert.
Both the book Mary Poppins (1934) and the movie “Mary Poppins” (1964) begin by inviting the reader/viewer for a walk down Cherry-Tree Lane to the Banks house. What we find at the end of our walk, however, differs greatly in the two stories. The book’s Mrs. Banks has chosen to have four children-Jane, Michael, and the infant Twins-and therefore is settled into a smallish, somewhat dilapidated home. The movie’s Mrs. Banks has apparently made the opposite choice, for her two offspring live in a grand house furnished in an opulent style.
This change is one of a multitude made by the Disney studios as it transformed a collection of episodic stories about Mary Poppins and the Banks family into a more-or-less coherent narrative fit for a movie screen. In part, these changes reflect the different formal requirements of a film and a collection of short stories. Mrs. Banks’ transformation from a middle-class mother into a well-off suffragette is not, however, simply a matter of adapting to the cinematic medium. Rather, it suggests a wide range of concerns around gender and class that were of crucial interest to the Disney team and their audience.
As Ms. Poppins in meant to be perfect, with a snap of the finger she is able to do whatever she pleases. In her purse, she can pull out anything she needs and is able to clean the room and tend to the children in a matter of seconds. The perfect ideal woman for any man if you ask me. As the movie progresses the mother, fighting for women’s sufferage, realizes that she is more than just a woman in her family, she can do anything she desires as ...

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