The business of myth-making: Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers and the Disney effect

Pearce, Sharyn M. (2015) The business of myth-making: Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers and the Disney effect. Queensland Review, 22(1), pp. 62-74.

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Abstract

In just one of the many extraordinary moments during the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, thirty Mary Poppinses floated into the stadium on their umbrellas to battle a 40 foot-long inflatable Lord Voldemort. This multi-million pound extravaganza was telecast to a global audience of over one billion people, highlighting in an extremely effective manner the grandeur and eccentricities of the host nation, and featuring uniquely British icons such as Mr Bean, James Bond, The Beatles and Harry Potter, as well as those quintessential icons of Englishness, the Royal Family, double-decker red buses and the National Health Service.

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ID Code: 93153
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Mary Poppins, Walt Disney, adaptations
DOI: 10.1017/qre.2015.6
ISSN: 1321-8166
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2016 22:48
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2016 15:09

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