Disabled War Veteran Repays Service Dog
Organization, by Inventing New Chew-Toy andDonating All ProfitsBig Dog’s Powerful Bite Helps Re-Invent the Rubber Ball
Two remarkable stories of determination and persistence come from the
household of disabled war veteran James Hayes, who has a service dog, an
85 LB German-Shepherd named Barrett.
Barrett was given to James by Dogs4Warriors, an organization that helps
veterans cope with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder, both of which James suffers from, after 3 combat tours in Iraq
James and Barrett quickly developed a close bond, but there was a
potentially dangerous problem – Barrett routinely tore apart the toughest
of chew toys, including those dubbed “indestructible”. So James set his
sights on finding a stronger, safer product for his new best friend.“Veterans Twice as Likely to Start Their Own Company”
James refused to give up in his quest for a toy that even a determined dog
like Barrett could enjoy, but not destroy.
Unable to find any suitable product, James proved U.S. Sen. Tammy
Duckworth D-Ill. correct, when she explained why veterans are twice as
likely to start or lead their own companies as civilians:
“Those who’ve worn the uniform have a kind of courage instilled in them”
said the senator, herself a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. “The
type of resilience and determination that can turn a long-shot idea into a
profit-making business.”James had never heard of Sen. Duckworth, but proving her right, he had
already contacted a variety of manufacturers. James now has a patent
pending on the unique manufacturing process he developed to produce a
completely solid indestructible rubber ball
His quest ended when he found Ethical Products in Bloomfield, NJ. They
were the first company willing and able to help produce James’s re-
designed ball, and to also do something quite profound with their profits…
Ethical Products Inc Donating All Profits to Dogs4Warriors
Deeply impressed by the service, sacrifice and determination of both James
and Barrett, the company made a remarkable move of their own, offering to
donate not just a percentage, but all their profits on the sale of The
Barrett Ball to the Dogs4Warriors organization that matched James with his
beloved dog, Barrett.
To Learn More or Purchase a Barrett Ball
Named after James’s beloved dog, the Barrett Ball will be available in
small, medium and large sizes, priced from $6.99 to $29.99 and comes with
a 100% lifetime guarantee.
For more information download our Press Kit. Pre-order will be available
on www.thebarrettball.com, though the new Barrett Ball will be officially
launched at the Global Pet Expo on March 20-22 in Orlando. The Barrett
Ball will be shipping to stores and websites in late April.ABOUT:
Ethical Products Inc. www.ethicalpet.com
Dogs 4 Warriors, Inc www.dog4warriors.org
The touching music video for “Mothers & Sons,” directed by Pepper Meiler, features members of “Team Bogart” with their mothers and sons. Paul recently shared in celebrating Randy Travis’ 60th birthday and is adding dates for his 2019 tour. For more information about Paul Bogart please visit paulbogart.com.
"I had no idea how much I would love watching my wife be a mom to our two sons. Motherhood is a beautiful thing and no life is untouched by it. It’s very obvious, at my house at least, that there’s just 'no kind of love like the one between mothers and sons,'"
said Paul Bogart.
The release is Last month, Taste of Country premiered an acoustic performance of Bogart's "When The Cowboys Are Gone" calling it “nothing but authentic.”
Paul Bogart 2019 Tour Dates:
May 30 - Siloam Springs, Ark. - Cherokee Casino
May 31 - Tulsa, Okla. - Cain’s Ballroom
June 1 - Claremore, Okla. - Dog Iron Saloon
June 20 - Tulsa, Okla. - Track 5 @ The Hardrock
June 21 - Ramona, Okla. Cherokee Casino
June 22 - Reeds, Mo. - Private Show
July 4 - Pegram, Tenn. - Independence Day Celebration
July 12 - Sheridan, Wyo. - Sheridan Fairgrounds Rodeo Dance
July 13 - Sheridan, Wyo. - Sheridan Fairgrounds Rodeo
July 31 - Joplin, Mo. - Downstream Casino Resort
Aug. 2 - Siloam Springs, Ark. - Cherokee Casino
Aug. 3 - Claremore, Okla. - Dog Iron Saloon
Aug. 9-11 - Trandal, Norway - Trandal Country Festival
Aug. 24 - Hulett, Wyo. - Ride A Horse, Save A Cowboy Benefit Rodeo
Aug. 30 - Edgemont, S.D. - Logan Van Eaton Memorial Rodeo
Aug. 31 - Sheridan, Wyo. - Luminous Brewhouse
Sept. 1 - Sheridan, Wyo. - Don King Days
Sept. 2 - Sheridan, Wyo. - Don King Days
Sept. 19 - Siloam Springs, Ark. - Cherokee Casino
Sept. 20 - Claremore, Okla. - Dog Iron Saloon
Sept. 21 - Tulsa, Okla. - Track 5 @ The Hard Rock
Dec. 12 - Claremore, Okla. - PAC
Dec. 31 - Claremore, Okla. - Dog Iron Saloon
About Paul Bogart
Though his songs are fresh and he himself is young, Paul Bogart is an old soul with a knack for capturing time-honored traditions and summing up classic sentiments in catchy, three-minute songs. Exuding sincerity and a rare, down-to-earth charm, he is, simply put, the epitome of traditional country music. After nearly a decade of writing, playing and touring, Bogart has begun pulling in big numbers in every arena, literally. Whether it’s the main stage at the AQHA World Championships with thousands in attendance or the social media scene with over 3.5 million fans reached through all social video platforms, lead by “The Cowboy Way” and “Cowboy Ride” with over 2.6 million views, Bogart’s songs have connected with America’s Heartland in a real, tangible way that modern country has perhaps missed. He released Leather in 2017 which garnered critical praise for “grounding itself in the foundations of country music fandom's tenets of faith and family.” (CriticalBlast.com)
OFFICE DOGS: THE MANUAL
• £9.99 UK / $12.99 USA • 50 pictures
• Paperback • 225mm H x 152mm W • 80 pages
• ISBN 978-1-787113-81-7 • UPC 6-36847-01381-3
• BIC classification: WNGD + JFFZ
• Published March 2019 UK and May 2019 USA
By Stephanie Rousseau
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Take your dog to work day – EVERY day!
? The benefits and pitfalls of having dogs in the office ? Things to consider before bringing your dog to
work ? Case studies illustrating how office life has worked for a variety of dogs ? Learn what policies
other businesses have in place ? How to meet your dog's needs in and out of the office ? Considering
the dog's perspective on being in your workplace ? Trouble-shooting common problems in office dogs
? What to bring with you to set up your dog for success ? More than one dog in the office? Learn
about successful introductions ? Leveraging the support of your colleagues for a successful office dog
A comprehensive guide to dogs in the workplace. Uniquely, this book gives insight from the dog's
perspective, whilst also providing plenty of practical advice for making your dog a success in the office!
It takes you through the entire process, from gaining the support of your colleagues to policy
considerations for the employer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steph is an Irish dog trainer currently residing in Dublin, having previously worked extensively with dogs
in London. She is passionate about dog behaviour, and over the past few years has developed a
particular interest in facilitating dogs in the human workplace.
Steph takes an holistic view in her work with dogs, prioritising their needs foremost. She has completed
Turid Rugaas’s IDTE, and currently sits on the board of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE), and is
its country representative for Ireland.
Outside of her work, she enjoys looking after her two dogs, a Greyhound called Fia and an exlaboratory
Beagle cross called Ferdia.
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In case of difficulty we can supply direct (credit cards accepted).
Published by Grand Central Publishing — April 9, 2019
How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too
by Carol Novello with Ginny Graves
“An impressive and inspiring work guaranteed to spur a visit to a rescue web site or trip to the local Humane Society.”
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
MUTUAL RESCUE is the first book to profile the transformational impact that pets have on humans by exploring the emotional, physical, and spiritual gifts rescued animals provide. Compelling research is woven throughout the four sections of the book, Heart, Body, Mind and Connection, and every chapter takes a deep dive into the animal adoption journey deepening the understanding for every human who has ever felt enriched, soothed or restored by an animal and wanted to know why.
Our nation is plagued by illnesses; sixteen million adults suffer from depression, twenty-nine million have diabetes, eight million in any given year have PTSD, and nearly forty percent are obese. It has been established that rescue pets can help. Sixty percent of doctors said they prescribe pet adoption and a staggering ninety-seven percent believe that pet ownership provides health benefits. For people in chronic emotional, physical, or spiritual pain, adopting an animal can transform, and even save, their lives.
MUTUAL RESCUE answers the question of “Who Saves Who” and highlights the research that confirms for our heads what our hearts already know.
Carol Novellobegan rescuing animals at five years of age and hasn't stopped. With a Harvard MBA, she was a senior executive working in high tech, most recently at Intuit, Inc. Today, she is the president of Humane Society Silicon Valley, where she launched Mutual Rescue, a digital global campaign of short films designed to showcase the therapeutic benefits of animal companionship and encourage adoptions. Through her work at Humane Society Silicon Valley, she has been awarded the Maddie's Fund "Maddie Hero Award" for innovation and leadership in the sector and has been recognized as an honoree at the Fifty Years of Women at Harvard Business School celebration in Northern California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she enjoys spending time with her own rescue companions, Tess, a German shepherd, and her tuxedo cats, Bode and Herbie.
Praise for Carol Novello and Mutual Rescue:
“Through authentic accounts, scientific evidence, and personal narrative, Carol Novello illustrates how when we rescue a homeless animal, we ourselves are so often rescued right back!
This book is destined to save lives."
─Marty Becker, DVM and Jack Canfield,
#1 NY Times bestselling co-authors of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
“I love Mutual Rescue’s films, so when I heard about this new book, I raced to read it. The stories about rescued pets rescuing people were like rays of bright sunshine on a stormy afternoon.
Truly an awe-inspiring book!”
#1 NY Times Bestselling Author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
"Mutual Rescue juxtaposes authentic stories and scientific thought about the animal-human bond.
It touches hearts, opens minds, and inspires compassion—a life-changing book."
Founder of Duke Canine Cognition Center and New York Times Bestseller Author of The Genius of Dogs
"Packed with heartrending stories of struggling people who have adopted homeless animals, this fascinating book reveals the many unrecognized ways dogs and cats can ground us, provide a sense of purpose and give us the strength to move forward.
Part science, part story, Mutual Rescue is all heart.
It made me cry and filled me with hope for our planet and every person on it."
author of Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy
“Adopting a pet can greatly benefit the lives of people who are emotionally hurting.
Read these heartwarming stories inMutual Rescue.”
Author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human
Companion dogs. They are the best — nonjudgmental, good listeners after a tough day at the office, good motivators to get us humans off the couch and outdoors. There are so many benefits to having these canine companions in our lives.
But do we let them roll in stinky stuff? Nope. Do we get embarrassed when they sniff crotches or hump our human friends’ legs? Yep. Yet this is completely acceptable behavior in the dog world. In the human world, not so much.
Dogs are amazingly adaptive and resilient and find ways to survive even in environments that aren’t particularly dog friendly. Most people want their dogs to thrive (versus being labeled with behavioral problems) and the best way to do that is to learn as much as possible about who dogs really are and what they need from us, say Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce in the enclosed advance copy of, Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (March 5, 2019).
As the demand for dog trainers and veterinary behaviorists attests, dogs are not naturally adapted to living with and among modern humans. They give up a lot of freedom and instinctual pleasure, as well as their innate strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, in exchange for the comfort and care they get from humans.
Unleashing Your Dog builds on the latest research in canine science and provides many practical ways that allow dogs to exercise their senses, in addition to exercising their brains and their muscles. Bekoff and Pierce show that it is possible to let dogs be dogs without wreaking havoc on our own lives. They begin by illuminating the true nature of dogs and helping us “walk in their paws.” They reveal what smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing mean to dogs and then guide readers through everyday ways of enhancing a dog’s freedom in safe, mutually happy ways. The rewards, they show, are great — for dog and human alike.
Continuing to build on ways to “let your dog be a dog,” with as much patience and good will as possible, Bekoff and Pierce demonstrate how to give companion dogs the best life possible and provide a win-win for all. They are prepared to discuss with your audience:
- Their top three suggestions for easy ways for people to “unleash their dog”?
- Explaining that in addition to exercising muscles, joints, tendons, and bones, dogs need to exercise their senses — and why this is so important
- The importance of busting the myth that dogs are “just furry people.”
- Why they think that “citizen science” is so important for learning about dog behavior.
- The importance of dog training — it goes both ways to make it a true win-win. (continued)
Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and has received the Exemplar Award for long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior from the Animal Behavior Society. Marc writes regularly for Psychology Today and has published 31 books including The Emotional Lives of Animals. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. More info at www.MarcBekoff.com
Jessica Pierce is an Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. She is the author of nine books, including The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives and Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets, has published essays in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.T.S. from Harvard University and now lives in Colorado. More information at www.JessicaPierce.net
Unleashing Your Dog:
A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible
By Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce
Pub. Date: March 5, 2019
Price: $15.95 / Trade Paper
Published by New World Library
Distributed by Publishers Group West
Fierce Grey Mouse
ABOUT THE BOOK
The enchanting story of a Little Grey Mouse who desperately wants to be fearsome and strong. He does his exercises, eats his porridge, drinks all of his milk – and, soon enough, Little Grey Mouse grows to be fierce.
But, roaring and pouncing from his perch high up in a tree, Fierce Grey Mouse accidentally scares away all of his friends .
Fierce Grey Mouse soon realises the importance of friendship and being true to yourself: the message of the story.
Beautifully written and illustrated by the highly-regarded children’s illustrator Chantal Bourgonje, this book is a delight that young children and their families can share and enjoy.
Fierce Grey Mouse by Chantal Bourgonje
£6.99(UK), $9.99(US), 12.99(CAN)
In the US the book will be available in the beginning of May through Quarto Knows - https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781787113121/The-Fierce-Grey-Mouse.html
- A simple tale for young children about friendship and staying true to yourself
- Previously awarded a Kirkus Star for books of remarkable merit, and received 5 star reviews (Interactive app version)
- The delightfully illustrated animal characters tell the story to boys and girls of all nationalities
- The story will appeal to children everywhere
- Friends love you as you are, you don't need to make yourself different
- You don't need to be 'fierce' to be happy!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chantal is a Dutch illustrator and writer of picture books, working from the Wiltshire countryside, where she lives with her partner and two whippets. Chantal’s inspiration comes from nature, her pets, the countryside, and all creatures living in it.
In 2011 she graduated with a 1:1 Honours degree in Illustration. Her graduation project was highly commended in the MacMillan Prize. In 2013 she was highly commended in the AOI Awards.
Since graduating Chantal has written and illustrated children's picture book apps, one of which was awarded a Kirkus Star for books of remarkable merit.
She has illustrated two Hubble & Hattie books about Worzel Wooface, and is also working on her own children’s books, including this one, and “The Lucky, Lucky Leaf” – a Horace and Nim story.
Place of birth: Emmeloord, the Netherlands • Hometown: Little Cheverell • Nearest city: Devizes
Visit Chantal’s author page at
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MAMA’S LAST HUG
Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves
by Frans de Waal
New York Times best-selling author Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefrontof animal research. Following up on his 2016 bestseller Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, which investigated animal behavior and intelligence, his new book,MAMA’S LAST HUG: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves [W. W.Norton and Company, March 12, 2019; $27.95 hardcover], delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals that is just as enlightening and provocative. Once again de Waal proves the perfect guide to the cutting-edge research that can help us understand the animal world. With dramatic stories of rats, horses, dogs, dolphins, elephants, and apes, among others, de Waal shows that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, joy, generosity, and empathy.
De Waal begins MAMA’S LAST HUG with the death of Mama, a fifty-nine-year-old chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with her caretaker, the biologist Jan van Hoof. When Mama was dying, van Hoof filmed their goodbyes and witnessed something remarkable: the emotions that Mama expressed were every bit as profound as those of van Hoof—she was sad to leave him but also recognized the sadness he felt and responded to it by comforting him.
This story and others like it form the core of de Waal’s argument. He points to lab experiments in which rats, when given the choice between eating a cookie or helping a fellow rat in distress, will choose to help. Dogs have been known to “adopt” the injuries of their companions, pretending to limp in response to the pain experienced by their owners. Chimpanzees like Mama have such a sophisticated sense of empathy that they grasp concepts of fairness and justice and use them to great effect inside their communities. In one common experiment, chimpanzees rejected food-sharing offers that seemed unequal, even when that rejection meant the participating chimps received no food at all. This is, notably, exactly what humans do in the same experiment.
De Waal discusses a whole range of complex emotions and how they manifest themselves in physical behavior and facial expressions. Both dolphin and killer whale mothers have been known to carry along the bodies of their dead children, often for days. Bonobos have deep-belly laughs, dogs hang their heads in shame, horses roll their eyes out of fear. Elephants revisit the bones of their loved ones, sometimes years after their companion has passed away. All of these have human counterparts.
De Waal also looks at the darker side of emotional intelligence. He recounts the story of an alpha male chimpanzee who was killed by an experienced older rival and a young-up-and-coming male. The calculating manner in which the duo trapped and killed the former leader, and the brutality of the violence done to the deposed alpha male, left no doubt in de Waal’s mind that what he witnessed was a case of murder among the chimps.
Following the lead of Aristotle, who imagined animals as a sort of reacting machine, Western society has committed to the idea that there is a fundamental distinction between the emotional life of humans and all other species. This line of reasoning extends to modern thinkers like Richard Dawkins, who suggests that all signs of emotional life in animals are illusory byproducts of a deeper relentless and amoral dive to maximize genetic duplication. De Waal systematically challenges all of these outdated theories, opening our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected to each other and can form the sorts of complex bonds that last a lifetime. MAMA’S LAST HUG is one of those rare books that will transform how readers view the living world around them and will shift how they understand their own connection to a family of all living things.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Frans de Waal has been named one ofTIMEmagazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Theauthor of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
TITLE: MAMA’S LAST HUG
SUBTITLE: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves
AUTHOR: Frans de Waal
PUB DATE: March 12, 2019
PRICE: $27.95 hardcover
PAGE COUNT: 336
- Early Praise for Mama’s Last Hug -
“A captivating and big-hearted book, full of compassion and brimming with insights about the
lives of animals, including human ones.”
—Yuval Noah Harari, New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens
“I doubt that I've ever read a book as good as Mama's Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions, because it presents in irrefutable scientific detail the very important fact that animals do have these emotions as well as the other mental features we once attributed only to people. Not only is the book exceedingly important, it's also fun to read, a real page-turner. I can't say enough good things about it except it's utterly splendid.”
—Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
“Before I realized Frans de Waal's connection to Mama's actual last hug, I sent the online video link to a large group of scientists saying, ‘I believe it is possible to view this interaction and be changed forever.’ Likewise, I believe that anyone reading this book will be changed forever. De Waal has spent so many decades watching intently and thinking deeply that he sees a planet that is deeper and more beautiful than almost anyone realizes. In these pages, you can acquire and share his beautiful, shockingly insightful view of life on Earth.”
—Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
“After you've read Mama's Last Hug it becomes obvious that animals have emotions. Learn how
they resemble us in many ways.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation
“Frans de Waal is one of the most influential primatologists to ever walk the earth, changing the way we think of human nature by exploring its continuity with other species. He does this again in the wonderful Mama’s Last Hug, an examination of the continuum between emotion in humans and other animals. This subject is rife with groundless speculation, ideology, and badly misplaced folk intuition, and de Waal ably navigates it with deep insight, showing the ways in which our emotional lives are shared with other primates. This is an important book, wise and accessible.”
—Robert Sapolsky, author of Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
“Another fascinating book from Frans de Waal. Once again, he makes us think long and hard
about the true nature of animal emotions.”
—Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“a movie that is practically perfect in every way”
- Pete Hammond, Deadline
“A sequel worthy of the name”
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
The One-and-Only Mary Poppins Is Back
and Nominated for Four Academy Awards®, Including Best Original Song
Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns”
On Digital 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere March 12
and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ March 19
BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2019) — Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of “Chicago,” “Nine” and “Into the Woods,” and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 19 — with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.
Bonus material explores the making of “Mary Poppins Returns,” going behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and crew who collaborated to make even the impossible possible. Extensive extras include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with original cast member Dick Van Dyke, a sing-along version including the heartfelt Academy Award®-nominated“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” bloopers, deleted scenes, a deleted song and filmmaker commentary. Features also reveal the magic and moxie that went into creating large-scale musical production numbers, such as “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” a rousing song-and-dance number led by Jack and his fellow lamplighters; “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” and “A Cover Is Not the Book,” showcasing the tremendous talents of Blunt and Miranda; “Turning Turtle,” an upside-down sequence featuring Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy; and “Can You Imagine That?” an underwater adventure with Mary Poppins and the Banks children.
In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Van Dyke) — bringing life, love and laughter back into the home.
“Mary Poppins Returns” will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code), a single DVD or a Digital Bundle with both “Mary Poppins Returns” and the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins.”
Bonus features include*:
BLU-RAY & 4K ULTRA HD™:
- Deleted Song—“The Anthropomorphic Zoo” - In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places.
- The Practically Perfect Making of “Mary Poppins Returns” - Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
- Introduction - Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.”
- “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” - Discover how the team mined PL Travers' books for a fresh perspective on a much-loved character. Plus, meet the Banks children!
- “Can You Imagine That?” - Be on location for Mary's iconic entrance from the sky, and explore the movie's original songs, inspired by the Sherman Brothers.
- “Nowhere to Go but Up” - Experience being on set with the legendary Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the right balloon!
- Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins Returns” - Go behind the scenes and experience the film's production numbers from a new angle.
- “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” - Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film's biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!
- “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” / “A Cover Is Not the Book” - Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
- “Turning Turtle” - Mary's eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
- “Can You Imagine That?” - Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created.
- Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns – Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.
- Practically Perfect Bloopers – There's nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!
- Deleted Scenes
- Leaving Topsy’s – After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
- “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie's biggest musical production.
- Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
- Play Movie with Audio Commentary – Watch the film with commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.
Product SKUs: Digital UHD, HD, SD; Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code); Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code); DVD and On-Demand
Feature Run Time: Approximately 130 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S. (bonus material not rated), G in CE and CF
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
HD/SD Digital = English 5.1/2.0, Latin Spanish 5.1/2.0, French 5.1/2.0 (for some clients), English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (for some clients)
Languages/Subtitles: Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish
DVD = English SDH, French and Spanish
HD/SD Digital = English SDH, French and Spanish
Closed Captions: English (DVD and Digital)
“MARY POPPINS RETURNS” CAST AND CREW:
Directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and a screen story by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca, the film stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins; Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson as the Banks children; with Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins; Meryl Streep as Cousin Topsy; and Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Jr.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is produced by John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a., and Marc Platt, p.g.a., with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The film features all-new original songs with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, as well as an original film score by Shaiman.
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