Mary and Bert's relationship has always been a touch fuzzy. P.L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins novels, reportedly wanted any hint of a sexual relationship between them erased from the film. Even so, many fans believe they see something tender between them.
They first meet when Mary is sent to London to live with its wealthy family after her father dies. At first, Mary does not like Bert at all because he is a chimney sweep who lives in a shoe. However, she soon grows fond of him and even invites him to join her family on their trip back home to Maryland. This makes Bert very angry since he had already planned to go on this trip.
However, what starts out as hatred turns into a romantic friendship. By the time the family returns home, they have fallen in love and decide to get married. Although Mary's mother wants a grand wedding, they only have a small church ceremony with friends watching them from inside the church. Afterward, they go for a quiet dinner together before heading home.
Although it is not explicitly stated in the movie, many people think that Bert and Mary are in love and want to get married. They just can't find a way to do it legally because it seems like every time they try to make some progress on this matter, something else goes wrong.
Mary Poppins, a 1964 Disney film, surely offers such an interpretation. P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, had a different perspective and rejected any love tie between these two imaginary characters.
In the film, Mary falls in love with the father of her children, Michael.
This love story is not real because it is forbidden by the law of the magical world where she lives. If Mary married Michael, he would leave that world and could never return.
In the novel, this relationship is also forbidden because Mary is not human but a "bird", a creature who can never marry or have children.
However, in the film, when Mary realizes that her husband will leave her if she doesn't stop him, she uses her magic to become human so they can live together as man and wife. This last change makes the marriage legal and allows Michael to return to his own world.
So, despite being an animated film, Mary Poppins has no real relationship with anyone in its universe. The characters are merely objects used by Walt Disney to tell a story. Even though they appear in several sequels, they don't exist in the real world.
Bert, a chimney sweep/sidewalk chalk artist extraordinaire who is privy to Mary's magic and presumably secretly in love with her, is Mary's companion in the original Mary Poppins. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of Hamilton, plays Jack, a lamplighter and former apprentice of Bert. Like his friend, he enjoys singing and dancing; however, rather than helping Mary out by cleaning houses, he ends up getting into trouble more often than not.
Miranda has said that he based Jack on Thomas Edison. Like Edison, Jack is a creative genius who gets involved in misadventures while trying to help someone else. However, unlike Edison, he isn't famous; instead, he keeps his identity secret from everyone except for Bert.
It was confirmed in an interview with Billboard that Jack will be featured in the first Mary Poppins sequel. Miranda said that they are planning to explore more of Bert's backstory as well as find new ways to challenge Mary Poppins so she can grow as a person and learn to control her powers better. No release date has been set yet but it is expected to come out sometime after 2018's Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Mary Poppins, the renowned Disney musical based on the classic children's novel, is an incredible treat. Readers will observe that the filmmakers took significant modifications with P.L. Travers' narrative and characters, but Mary's spirit and wit shine through in all versions. The original film has received numerous awards including six Academy Awards and is considered one of the greatest family movies of all time.
The story follows Mary Poppins, a magical nanny who travels to London to collect some money so she can return home to Australia. While there, she takes care of two children who have no mother or father, which makes them very vulnerable. When the children's uncle dies, he leaves his life behind; it becomes apparent that he was a wealthy man before he met his death. With no other choice available, Mary Poppins decides to stay in London to look after the children.
Classic novels such as Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, and Wuthering Heights are still being published today because of how important they are to our culture. Same thing can be said about Mary Poppins. Even though it was released in 1988, the movie has continued to make money for Disney since its release because of how popular it is with families.