Then, when Mary Poppins finally came out, audiences absolutely loved it. The Academy’s voters seemed to like the film, too, since it set a new record for Oscar nominations received by Disney films: 13 in total. Of those many nods, moreover, the picture won five awards – among them the Best Actress honor for Julie Andrews.
Travers loathed the movie, however. And Van Dyke spoke about that aversion in a 2013 interview with The Daily Telegraph. “It took Walt 20 years to talk [Travers] into giving him the rights for the picture, and then she fought him tooth and nail all the way through it,” he said. “She hated me [and] she hated Julie Andrews; she didn’t think either one of us were right.”