Mary Poppins Returns

Years after disappearing, the magical Mary Poppins returns to help the Banks family through financial strife.

  • Starring: Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw
  • Director(s): Rob Marshall
  • Producer(s): John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt
  • Screenwriter(s): David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca
  • Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Theatrical Animals
  • Release Date: Sunday, December 09, 2018

Featured Animal Action

All horseback riders were stunt riders or experienced actors who were skilled at riding, mounting and dismounting. All running/galloping scenes were well choreographed, and actors used caution while on and near animals. When teams of horses pulled wagons or carriages, the drivers were experienced and teams of horses were familiar with each other and accustomed to the pulling action. Whenever horses were seen tied to posts/fences, they were attached to lead ropes tied to posts.

In the scene where the man bikes through town and we see horses and carriages in the background, the scene was shot at The Mall Central London. Police cut off traffic to shoot the scene. The horse was hitched to a four wheel coal cart which was laden with full bags of coal. Prior to shooting the scene, the cart was in position on the set and the horse was immediately hitched to the cart. On action the horse walked forward pulling the coal cart from point A to point B.

In the scene when the woman walks dog in park and kids stop and pet dog, prior to shooting the scene the trainer showed the kids how to pet the dog. The dogs were regularly exercised on grass areas around the studio.

In the scene where a kite flies through the park and the dog reacts and barks at it, the dog was fitted with leather lead and collar by the trainers prior to shooting the scene. On action, the dog was walked along the pathway. The trainer used a stick with a tennis ball on the end of it and hovered it above the dog, and the dog looked up at it and barked.

When we see Mary and the kids swimming in the ocean and we see the woman with the dog on the leash in the water, the dog was filmed on green screen in a studio. The dog was led to the set by his trainer. An area was made for the trainer to stand by with the dog. The platform for the dog to stand on was covered with a grip surface and the height was 8" up from the floor. The dog was then placed in a comfortable box. The trainer leaned down and told the dog to stay and fed him treats. Then the special effects team filmed the dog in the box to make him look as if he were bobbing in the water.

When we see the family gathers outside the house and we see the actress holding a dog, the actress walked forwards carrying the dog and performed some dialogue. After filming the scene. the trainer then took the dog in her arms from the actress. During the scene, the trainer stood inside this door, ready to take the dog from the actress and put him on his lead and take him back to his start position.

In the scene when the man climbs the clock tower, comes to the ledge and sees a pigeon, the scene was shot in a studio. Trainers brought the pigeons to the set. Then the trainer placed a pigeon on a fake ledge using seed to keep him in place. The actor climbed up a ladder, they got the shot, and placed the bird back in his cage.

In the scene where we see the fair in the park, wide shot, and we see a dog on a leash and ponies in the background, three ponies were tacked up next to the horse box and walked along gravel pathway by the grooms in costume and positioned in roped off small pony riding enclosure on set. Between takes the horses were given food and water and kept in the shade.

In the scene, where the dog has a string in his mouth being lifted in the air, they used the footage of the dog filmed against the greenscreen and placed it on a scanner.