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New Cat Short Animates Mary Poppins Anniversary DVD

When MARY POPPINS comes to DVD for the third time on Dec. 14 in a special 40th anniversary edition from Buena Vista Home Ent., it will boast a brand new 2D-animated short, THE CAT THAT LOOKED AT A KING, produced by DisneyToon Studios. It's based on an original story by Poppins author P.L. Travers about the magical nanny. Former Duchess of York Sara Ferguson, Tracy Ullman and David Ogden Stiers provided voice work, while David Bossert (LORENZO, DESTINO, THE LION KING) directed the animation and former Disney studio chief Peter Schneider directed the live-action bookends hosted by Julie Andrews.

Speaking of Andrews, she is reunited with co-star Dick Van Dyke on the two-disc set. They both provide commentary along with co-composer Richard Sherman and others. In addition, the DVD will contain a new rendition of a never-before-heard deleted song, "Chimpanzoo," a set-top game and a 50-minute doc with never-before-released footage and new interviews.