Mary Poppins is a character and the titular character of the popular children's book series by P.L. Travers, as well as the classic 1964 musical film produced by Walt Disney. She is a magical nanny who uses her unique blend of whimsy and practicality to bring joy and order to the lives of the children she cares for. Mary Poppins is depicted as a tall, slender woman with a distinctive umbrella and a no-nonsense attitude. Despite her strict demeanor, she has a mischievous sense of humor and a magical touch that transforms the lives of the children she cares for. She is able to fly, has a bottomless carpet bag that can hold just about anything, and is able to take the children on fantastical adventures that blur the line between reality and imagination.
The Mary Poppins character first appeared in the book series by P.L. Travers in 1934, and she quickly became a beloved figure in children's literature. The Disney film adaptation, starring Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, was a critical and commercial success, winning five Academy Awards and solidifying Mary Poppins as a cultural icon. Since her debut, Mary Poppins has been adapted into numerous other forms of media, including stage productions, sequels, and video games. She continues to be a beloved character and an inspiration to children and adults alike, with her magical adventures, whimsical spirit, and practical wisdom.