We live in an age where the internet provides delightful mash-ups of random pop culture phenomenon on an almost daily basis. Some of them are truly inspired. Others are simply a complete waste of time. And then there are those that bring together Mary Poppins’ signature track, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and death metal so seamlessly that you’re left wondering if what you just saw was either the greatest two minutes of your life, or just single-handedly ruined your childhood in one fail swoop. Below is said clip. Proceed with caution.
Um … mommy? Please tell me I’m not the only one who suddenly feels the need for a warm embrace with my mother. This supreme incarnation of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" was uploaded to YouTube via Andy Rehfeldt, while the music was record and produced by Endless Noise and Sera Hatchett belted out the vocals.
Much like the way that once bread becomes toast it can never become bread again, this has irretrievably changed both Mary Poppins and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" for me for the rest of my life. Still, you can’t help but be engrossed by Mary Poppins Sings Detal Metal. The perfect syncing up of Sara Hatchett’s "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" vocals and Julie Andrews is at first disconcerting but then becomes hypnotic. While the band’s "Um diddle diddle, diddle um, diddle ays" makes the clip even more awesome. Or hellish. I’m just not sure.
Of course, the footage for this video comes straight from Walt Disney’s 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, which told the story of the world’s most famous nanny, who had the ability to fly via her errant umbrella and actively encouraged children to guzzle down sugar by the spoonful. Despite these obvious flaws though she proved to be rather competent in her job and helped bring the Banks family together again. Audiences were so charmed by her antics that Mary Poppins is regarded as one of the most endearing films of all time, while "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is seen as its highlight, and as one of the greatest musical numbers ever created.
However, at no point did Mary Poppins ever reveal that she had a penchant for heavy metal. Which is probably because there wasn’t actually that much heavy metal floating around the wireless back in either 1910 (which is when Mary Poppins is set) or even in 1964 (when the film was actually released). I’m guessing that if she was around today, though, she’d probably dabble a bit in Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and DEATH. She just seems like the type to do so in her downtime.
Those of you whose childhoods have been ruined by watching the clip should at least be thankful that you didn’t have to spell out supercalifragilisticexpialidocious numerous times in such a short space of time.
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