One of the most memorable moments in the Mary Poppins Returns trailer, which turned out to be just as delightful in the actual movie, comes when she launches herself backwards into a magical bathtub with a joyful smile.
Many fans assumed the impossible shot was accomplished with CGI effects (as are most these days), but a recent Twitter thread from @CafeFantasia revealed director Rob Marshall used practical effects to give the moment his desired effect.
@CafeFantasia @disneyamore Awesome shot! https://t.co/MTSHo1Lo0I— Joe (@Joe)1547312847.0
Making Mary's dive looked real involved a gigantic set with a built-in slide!
You know that bathtub shot in #MaryPoppinsReturns you assumed was CGI? 😵😵😵 (via @disneyamore) https://t.co/gAlLqCGdbM— CafeFantasia 💫 (@CafeFantasia 💫)1547298898.0
The entire sequence is even more impressive when one sees the amount of work that went into it.
emily deserves an oscar for sliding backwards into the bathtub in mary poppins returns bc I would be scared af to d… https://t.co/l2dK9ZxmoP— maddy | 156 (@maddy | 156)1547314471.0
@CafeFantasia @DSNYNewscast @disneyamore Disney magic!— Lucas (@Lucas)1547314388.0
The bathtub slide also looks more than a little bit fun...
If I were her, I would have kept flubbing my lines over and over again so I could have just one more take... https://t.co/pPmdbDUEcP— Scott Mendelson (@Scott Mendelson)1547318066.0
Many movie aficionados held up the clip as evidence of the superiority of practical effects over CGI.
@CafeFantasia @benbwn @disneyamore Oh wow! This film just keeps getting better and better! Practical effects over CGI everyday.— Magical DLP 🎙 (@Magical DLP 🎙)1547307381.0
There is one - just one - rule to (movie) magic: put in considerably more effort than anyone would reasonably expe… https://t.co/vAIvjmeHhQ— Martin Weber (@Martin Weber)1547315529.0
Others thought Mary's plunge was pretty joke-worthy!
@CafeFantasia @disneyamore the more you watch it the funnier it gets:)))— Hollie🌻 (@Hollie🌻)1547300358.0
Went to the Savoy for drinks last night and I didn’t want to leave. I also had a Bathtub Gin. Mary Poppins would ap… https://t.co/0lSiaSIjQT— Laura Kate Jones (@Laura Kate Jones)1547198698.0
Several Twitter users noted that Emily Blunt has had an especially bathtub-centric year at the movies.
@goulcher @CafeFantasia @disneyamore #EmilyBlunt has had a crazy year in bathtubs 🤫 https://t.co/einC1TznFN— Jaymes Breitbach 🏳️🌈 (@Jaymes Breitbach 🏳️🌈)1547326070.0
Emily Blunt’s bathtub scene in #MaryPoppinsReturns is only slightly less intense than in #AQuietPlace 😊— Wes Johnson (@Wes Johnson)1547317556.0
Blunt actually told the story of filming the scene in a recent interview.
@CafeFantasia @disneyamore Watch Emily Blunt hilariously describe filming this here https://t.co/zJ8lI55RtV— #MaryPoppinsReturns (@#MaryPoppinsReturns)1547301491.0
"Mary Poppins Returns" - Emily Blunt youtu.be
And the bathtub-portal wasn't the only illusion accomplished in the new Mary Poppins film!
In the Royal Doulton bowl sequence, it looks like #MaryPoppins' skirt has a series of ruffles. There are NO ruffles… https://t.co/YJUvhKIX79— CafeFantasia 💫 (@CafeFantasia 💫)1547375256.0
It seems director Rob Marshall and company went out of their way to rebuild as much of the magic as they could from the original.
Time-lapse of the #CherryTreeLane set being built at #SheppertonStudios for #MaryPoppinsReturns. It took 18 weeks t… https://t.co/gWtb7opqOa— CafeFantasia 💫 (@CafeFantasia 💫)1547373571.0
🎵 Winds in the east, mist coming in... 🎵 @iammrvandy visiting the #CherryTreeLane set for the first time. 😭😭😭… https://t.co/cZEkcRNSLr— CafeFantasia 💫 (@CafeFantasia 💫)1547374297.0
If possible, die-hard Disney fans seemed to love the magic even more after watching the video.
Could I love #MaryPoppins even more???https://t.co/nNLE71NsZI— Kayleesi⛄️ (@Kayleesi⛄️)1547336823.0
Poppins be droppin’ https://t.co/VO8ruPjGzq— Angharad (@Angharad)1547326636.0
Be sure to catch Mary Poppins Returns in theaters before she flies away!
Mary Poppins Returns | Official Trailer youtu.be