Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns' gets December 2018 release date

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Mary Poppins Returns has a release date.

Disney's sequel, starring Emily Blunt as the magical nanny opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda — star and creator of Broadway's hit musical Hamilton — has been dated for Dec. 25, 2018, more than five decades after the 1964 film hit theaters.

Rob Marshall will direct and also is producing with Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will be composing original songs and an all-new score.

The character of Mary Poppins was first introduced to the world in PL Travers' 1934 book, which Disney adapted into the classic 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Travers' wrote seven additional books about Mary Poppins that were published between 1935 and 1988.

Miranda will play the role of Jack in the new original musical. Sources say the story will center on the now grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, who have experienced a personal loss that results in the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Blunt). She teams up with her lamplighter friend Jack (Miranda) to help the family.

He already has a relationship with Disney as he's composing the music for the studio's upcoming animated film Moana. Miranda also worked on the music for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. His previous acting credits include The Odd Life of Timothy Green and TV series Do No Harm.

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Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns' gets December 2018 release date

Where would Simba have been without the help and riduculous banter of Pumbaa and Timon in "The Lion King." The unlikely duo of a meerkat and a warthog made this pair one of the best sidekick duo's in Disney history. 

PUMBAA & TIMON THE LION KING (1994)

Dressing up as a male to impersonate a warrior in the Chinese military would have been pretty difficult for Mulan without the help of Mushu: Guardian of the Fa family. Despite Mushu's early failings as a guardian, the feisty dragon was a constant support for Mulan with his sound advice, loving demeanor and fast-thinking in a pinch. 

If one must be holed up in a castle with a ghastly beast, it's best to have Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs. Potts on your side. Each brought a special sidekick quality to the table. Cogsworth was safe and practical, Lumiere always had romance and Belle's heart on his mind and Mrs. Pott's provided a motherly vibe. The trio were ultimate sidekicks for Belle in "Beaty and the Beast." 

Everyone needs a buddy and Flounder was just that for Aerial in "The Little Mermaid." Admittedly, Flounder wasn't always the best sounding board for the red-headed swimmer, but he made a good sidekick since he was always down for an adventure. 

What do a hummingbird and a raccoon have in common? They were both besties and sidekicks for indian princess Pocahontas. In the 1995 flick, Meeko and Flit provided just the right amount of comedy without ever saying a word. Now that's tricky. 

Any sidekick that will let you float down a river on their tummy is alright by us. Baloo the Bear and Mowgli were the best of pals in "The Jungle Book," and the best part about Balloo was he was always ready to dance and sing. We like that in a sidekick. 

Scheming, selfish and funny aren't exactly three words that you'd want in a sidekick, but Abu usually let his conscience take over when he and Aladdin were up to no good. Plus, he busted Aladdin out of a jail, dressed up as an elephant and more in order to help out Ali. 

Olaf was an immediate hit with everyone in "Frozen." The inherently happy snowman sprung to magical life in order to help Anna chase down Elsa and help end the snowpocalypse that would have ruined the kingdom. Daring and happy? Talk about a good mix.  

High five for Hercules and Pegasus! Not only does the winged horse regularly rescue the Greek god from many precarious situations, he also really cares about Hercules. So much so that he gets a bit jealous when Herc falls head over heels for Meg. But best friends are definitely supposed to do that -- because they have your best interest at heart. 

Tinker Bell definitely has a bit of an attitude problem, but she makes up for it by bringing a bit of sparkly magic everywhere she goes in Neverland. Even though she's a bit selfish and has a temper, she proves her worth when she's willing to go down in sparkly flames in order to protect Pan. 
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