With its winning combination of commonsense medical advice (“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!”), classic Disney whimsy and Dick Van Dyke’s horrid Cockney accent, this movie about an unhappy English family and the magical nanny who blew in on an umbrella was a smash success. Nominated for a total of 13 Academy Awards, the film took home five, including two for its soundtrack. Brothers Richard B. and Robert M. Sherman composed the film’s songs, which won both Best Score and Best Song (for “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” sung by Van Dyke and Julie Andrews). While most of its tunes are fun, upbeat numbers such as “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and the spell-checker-busting “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” the soundtrack’s sleeper hit is the lullaby “Feed the Birds” — rumored to have been Walt Disney’s favorite song.
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