Some moments in a film are seemingly predestined to become memes, and the “I’m Mary Poppins, Y’all!” incident in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is just one such moment. It’s not hard to see why.
After all, there’s something more than a little incongruous about seeing the character Yondu adopt the pose of one of Disney’s most iconic and charming characters, the magical nanny Mary Poppins. In the time since the film was released, the meme has taken on a life of its own, and quite a few of them are truly hilarious, a reminder of the wit that lives on the internet.
10 Everyone Loves A Cartoon
Sometimes, one just needs a meme that brings together all of the fans’ favorite things, and that’s what this one accomplishes. It’s a mash-up of animation, Mary Poppins, and Guardians, and the results are pretty darn hilarious. Particularly amusing is the look on the titular nanny’s face, as she looks rather stunned to see Yondu floating beside her. It’s hard to blame her, though. Who wouldn’t be shocked to see a blue alien imitating a British nanny?
9 Odd And Disturbing
One of the most notable things about the character of Mary Poppins is just how long-lived she’s been. Since the film came out in the 1960s, many people have associated the character with Julie Andrews. However, Emily Blunt is also quite charming in the role (as she is in most things in which she appears). The brilliance of this meme is that it manages to transplant Yondu into the movie poster in a way that is odd, disturbing, and yet also truly hilarious.
8 Think Of The Children
Sometimes, it’s a little fun to think about what people in subsequent generations will think about memes, particularly as they become detached from the thing that they originated from. In particular, it’s funny to think that, for some people in the future, Yondu might become associated more with the character of Mary Poppins than either Julie Andrews or Emily Blunt. To be honest, though, that’s a prospect that most people would probably find very disturbing indeed (even as it is pretty hilarious to contemplate).
7 It Only Gets Worse
There’s something uniquely compelling–and sometimes a little disturbing–about seeing the work that goes into the creation of iconic characters like Yondu. After all, it takes a lot of creative labor to make a character like that.
This meme takes that behind-the-scenes look and turns it on its head, ironically remarking that this, in fact, Julie Andrews preparing for her role as Mary Poppins. It’s hilarious precisely because it’s just so ridiculous. One can’t help but wonder what Dame Julie has to say about this.
6 Everyone Loves A Storybook
Most people probably have fond memories of storybooks from when they were children. These little books often have something of the magical about them, a promise of all of the strange and wonderful places that exist in the minds of children and the books that they read. It’s really hard to say, though, whether this particular iteration of the storybook is charming, funny, or disturbing. Most likely, it’s a combination of all three of them, which just makes it all the more brilliant as a meme.
5 Layers Upon Layers
As if it weren’t enough that Mary Poppins had put in an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, this clever meme creator has added yet another layer of complexity to the chain of reference. This time, the viewer gets to laugh because it’s a character from the classic Pixar film A Bug’s Life that has taken it into their head to pretend that they are Mary Poppins. This is truly one of those memes that one can’t help but appreciate, precisely because it works on so many different levels of meaning.
4 Turnabout Is Fair Play
So, if Yondu is going to decide that he is now Mary Poppins, it seems only fair that Mary Poppins, for her part, would decide that she can also be Yondu, and this meme makes abundant use of that flipped dynamic. What makes it even more hilarious, however, is the thought of the dignified and sometimes rather aloof Mary Poppins saying anything even remotely similar to the word “Yondu.” And, honestly, who wouldn’t want to hear Julie Andrews saying that in her posh British accent?
3 It’s A Jolly Holiday…Or Is It?
Anyone who has seen the film knows that Yondu isn’t exactly the most pleasant of people. In fact, he’s kind of the worst. It’s precisely the fact that he’s such an unpleasant person to be around that makes this meme uproariously and ironically funny.
After all, it’s not as if anyone in their right mind would think that spending any extended time with Yondu would be a jolly holiday. In fact, it might be closer to torture (and it’s pretty clear Yondu wouldn’t enjoy it either).
2 Not Exactly Your Average Disney Movie
Everyone loves a good Disney movie, and there are good reasons that Mary Poppins has gone down as one of the most popular live-action films from the studio. The recent sequel was also quite popular. One can’t help but wonder, though, whether introducing Yondu into the mix would make it even more entertaining or whether, as this fake trailer implies, something more than a little terrifying.
Anyone who has seen either the original Mary Poppins or its sequel knows that they are pretty wholesome, the type of Disney films that are fun for the whole family. At the same time, most people can attest that there’s often a darker side to even the sweetest of films. The brilliance of this particular meme is that it makes the implicit explicit, showing the viewer what it might be like if, in fact, Yondu really was Mary Poppins.
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