The Robin (and Mary Poppins)

I know if I mentioned the word ‘Robin’ to almost anyone in the UK and Europe they would immediately think of this little bird (more recently referred to as European Robin – Erithacus rubecula).  To many others ‘Robin’ refers to a thrush like bird with a red breast and a white markings round it’s eye (which we know as ‘American Robin – Turdus migratorius).

This is of almost no real significance to anyone, but gives rise, for me, to an annoying continuity error that has always stuck in my mind.  And that’s where the film ‘Mary Poppins’ comes in..

To all intents and purposes the film ‘Mary Poppins’ is set in London, England.  At one point in the film there’s a song called ‘A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine go Down’, which has lyrics about ‘a Robin feathering it’s nest’.  Nice little song – but instead of a European Robin being cast, an American Robin was offered the cameo part in the film!  Come on!   (As a matter of interest, you can check that song out on YouTube.)

Of course, it doesn’t really matter a smidgen, but it’s one of those things that’s bugged me for years – but not half as much as what I look on as the most annoying continuity error in a film i.e. ‘Contact’ with Jodie Foster, now one does stick in my craw…….  😉


20 thoughts on “The Robin (and Mary Poppins)

  1. Great shots, Stephen – and I’d thought about the bird in Mary Poppins before as well. I only questioned it, though – not able to definitely point out the error. I guess that’s the difference between a mere birder and a twitcher?

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