Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Toppins From Hell

I must've seen Mary Poppins a gazillion times when I was younger, and unfortunately all I can remember about it are two songs - specifically Dick Van Dyke singing the 'Chim Chiminey' song in a bad Cockney accent, and Julie Andrews (as Mary) singing "Toppins! Toppins! Toppins a bag!" The latter infuriated me because I couldn't figure out what the hell a toppin (sp?) was. I still had no idea up until about three years ago when a British co-worker of mine took offense at me even daring to ask.

"TWO PENCE!" she exclaimed. "God, don't you bloody Yanks know anything?!?!" And that ended that conversation - but only after I called her a surly bitch. Rudeness, I can take. Being referred to as a "Yank" is crossing the line.

Anyway, back to Mary Poppins. Despite the fact that I can only remember two songs (and I think there were some dancing penguins in there, weren't there? Help me out, here) I DO remember liking the film very much. I was young when I saw it, of course, and to my mind it was full of magic and wonder. It was most certainly NOT a scary film. I'm quite sure of it. So, how then, do we explain this?

Amazing what a little editing will do, isn't it? Some innocent things shouldn't be messed with. THAT is some scary stuff, amigos. Warped, yes. Brilliant, yes. But, above all - scaaarrrrryy. And, just in time for the holidays, too!

Go ahead. Watch it again. You know you want to...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite is "Let's Go Fly a Kite"

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's my favorite, too. Don't mess with "Let's Go Fly a Kite," YouTube.


8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked "A spoon full of sugar" (will help the medicine go down in the most delightful way)

6:32 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

They had the 'club version' of A Spoonful of Sugar on the Mickey Mouse Disco album I had growing up. I didn't like it, and it kind of soured me on the song. The original is FAR better.

For my money, however, I'll take Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey that was a cool edit!!!

twopence was also called tuppence which is what she is saying in that song.

yank isn't always derogatory, just depends on context. you goddamn yank :)

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am letting my class watch the movie and jumped on Line to see what the heck a toppins was, so thanks. My students think this movie is boring...

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noun 1. tuppence - a former United Kingdom silver coin; United Kingdom bronze decimal coin worth two pennies
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Toppins! Toppins! Toppins a bag!"
this is some obscure.. curb type shit..wow..i am tittering. so brilliant! that made my week.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The actual word is "Tuppence" from "two pence". Pence is an old english plural of penny. One penny, two pence.

Ya, the internet is killing our language.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it would make a good scary movie hell i was watching Marry Poppings when i say this sit i had to change the tv lol made my skin crawl LOVE IT

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I know a man with a wooden leg, named Smith..."

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can barely understand what the movie is about because of the accents. Had to watch it with closed captioning. I can't imagine watching it when it first came out in the theater and trying to understand it. Thanks anyway Walt but please stick to yank storylines.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the explination of toppins (tuppence). My 2 yr old loves Marry Poppins and we watch it several times a week. I was curious about the money reference too. BTW 2 pence in 1910 is currently worth about $2.21...

8:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sooo...feed the birds coins? Now it makes less sense!! I thought Toppins’ was some kind of seed...and Googled to find out what kind of seed.....it’s a G-D coin?!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

i hope you didn't actually call her a surly bitch

4:31 PM  

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