“I was honored to be invited to the #MaryPoppinsReturnsEvent, a Disney press junket for Disney Mary Poppins Returns. As a guest, my expenses were covered in return for a series of articles about my experiences and reviews of the programming.
I have been sharing my experiences of visiting Los Angeles for the Mary Poppins Returns Event over the last few days. I hope you haven’t missed any of it, but if you have you can click on Mary Poppins Returns movie to get caught up. Today, I’m sharing what I learned during our interview with Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson who play Anabel and Georgie Banks.
About Disney Mary Poppins Returns
MARY POPPINS RETURNS stars Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.
Mary Poppins Returns will be released in U.S. theaters on December 19, 2018.
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Pixie Davies & Joel Dawson, the Bank children from Disney Mary Poppins Returns‘
Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson were a delight to interview. Poised, youthful, and yet mature it was a joy to see them in person and listen to them talk and answer our questions about being part of the Mary Poppins Returns movie. Like all kids they talk fast and had a lot to say. We covered a lot in our 20 minutes together and I’ve done my best to pull it all together. Take a look at my top 10 things Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson had to say about Mary Poppins Returns.
Top 10 Things Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson Said About Disney Mary Poppins Returns
Their favorite part of filming Mary Poppins Returns
Joel says, “I really liked the part when I had to dive through the bushes and then got dragged along by the kite. That was a really fun scene.” For Pixie, she said, “I think it was Tripping the Light Fantastic because it was just incredible watching the dance. It just gets better every time.“
What did Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson think about the costumes they got to wear?
Pixie seemed to be the most fascinated by the costumes. Here’s what she had to say while reflecting on them.
“They were beautiful. They were. I really liked them ‘cause I like dressing kind of funky. And it was really awesome wearing some really cool clothes from another century.” Pixie later had more to say when talking about what she would want to bring home from the film. ” Costumes, because they were amazing, and the animated sequence, that was hand-painted and handmade. All the costumes are handmade but the hand-painted ones are really, really special because they had gone through so much like process of doing all of that. That was really so special that people go through all of this hard work just for you.”
The moment Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson knew they would be cast as Anabel and Georgie Banks in Mary Poppins Returns
Of course finding out they were going to be cast as the Banks children in Mary Poppins Returns was an exciting moment for Pixie Davis and Joel Dawson. Here’s how they described it. Pixie shared, “I thought I was gonna burst.”
Joel had a bit more to say. “Well my agent already knew so she came over. As she was there, then Rob Marshall called me and he said we want you to have the part. I had it on speakerphone and everyone was just so silent and my eyes were watering. And my mum was squealing after the phone call.“
Favorite song in Mary Poppins Returns
With so many songs, could Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson pick a favorite one? They both admitted it was hard but in the end Joel said his favorite song was Underneath the London Sky. Pixie’s favorite song is Tripping the Light Fantastic. She refered to it as ‘fun and dancey‘.
How long did Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson film for Mary Poppins Returns? What did they do during breaks from the film?
Total production time for Pixie and Joel’s roles in Mary Poppins Returns took seven months; two months of rehearsals and five months of shooting. In between rehearsals and shooting, Pixie described their down time as “We had tutoring a lot, which was, it was okay, you know, it was tutoring. But we had quite a lot of fun. We had like tents, and there was a place (a tent with catered food that Pixie and Joel called) the most magical place on earth.“
The best food on the set of Mary Poppins Returns
It was that talk, about what they did between filming, that got Joel’s mouth watering as he started to remember an epic treat they had on the set. He recounted “I remember one day they had a chocolate water fountain with marshmallows and cookies.” Pixie added that it had strawberries too. It was just there as a surprise. There was no special reason but it’s one of the ways the production team kept things fun for the kids.
Filming with a movie icon like Meryl Streep
Pixie explained what it was like to film such an unusual topsy turvy scene with Meryl Streep who plays Topsy in Mary Poppins Returns. “It was really, really, really crazy, because you don’t look at things in that perspective, ever, unless you look between your legs and nobody really does that. So that was really, it was really fun.“
What was it like flying on Mary Poppins Returns
In one of the final scenes Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson are flying through the air with the use of cranes and harnesses. From what it sounded like Pixie handled it a bit better than Joel. Take a look at what the both had to say.
Pixie said the flying was “Very, fun, very, very fun.”
Joel said, “It was fun, kind of uncomfortable though.”
Pixie handling it like a champ explained, “The harnesses are uncomfortable but that’s okay.”
Joel added, “They’re very, very stiff so you really itch.”
Pixie explained, “People think that they just hold you up, but you have to hold up your legs and your head and your core. It just holds like that bit and you have to hold up everything else, so it kind of hurts after a while and your legs kind of go dead.”
So when you watch that scene just remember how much work Pixie and Joel had to put into making flying look easy.
Pixie Davies’s reaction to watching Mary Poppins Returns on the big screen
A lot of the acting Pixie and Joel had to do in Mary Poppins Returns was in front of a green screen. They had to imagine dancing penguins and going under the water and all the other animated scenes. Here’s how Pixie described it when she saw all those moments come together on the screen.
Then you watch the film and you’re like oh, that’s so detailed. There are things on the camera that it picks up, that you don’t pick up in your eye. You sort of watch the film and you’re like oh, I didn’t realize that was there, or oh yeah, I remember that. Then sometimes it’s just a bit of a surprise ‘cause if you were actually there then it’s a bit confusing if you see something that wasn’t there.
Advice for other kids who want to become actors
Pixie reflected on the advice the older, more experienced actors gave her, ‘just be yourself, do what you think is right.‘ When it came to her advice to other kids who want to act she suggested, “If you really want to pursue it then just do, because honestly it’s the greatest feeling when you’re on set, and it just gives you that buzz.”
Joel added with a matter of fact kind of face, “Business is business.” That gave us all a chuckle and we may have repeated his words of wisdom throughout the rest of the trip. So young but kind of a pretty grown up message.
What last thing does Pixie Davies want kids to know about seeing Mary Poppins Returns?
“I just know that they’re gonna love it because it’s Mary Poppins and it’s iconic and it’s amazing. I really hope they’re gonna like it, because if they don’t, then hmm. But yeah, I know they’re gonna love it because some of my friends love the first one and it’s gonna be great.”
I am so thankful for the experiences I have had with Disney Mary Poppins Returns. We have one interview left for you. But Mary Poppins Returns is in theaters starting TOMORROW! Take time this holiday season to see how Mary Poppins Returns came together for Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson. Come back and let us know if you agree with Pixie Davis’ review.
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