Over 50 years since the original film, later this month, Walt Disney and P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins returns to the silver screen. Released in 1964, the first film was known in part for its then-revolutionary chalk painting scenes that saw human actors play alongside animated characters. The upcoming sequel, Mary Poppins Returns similarly transports a new cast into a cartoon world in a new, 2D animated sequence – dancing penguins and all.
Due for release later this month, we went behind-the scenes to speak to animation supervisor Jim Capobianco to find out how they created the ambitious sequence. Having previously worked as a story artist on films including The Lion King, Finding Nemo, as well as writing the original screenplay for Ratatouille, here Jim talks through some of the team's design inspirations and storyboarding process that brought the sequence to life.