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"Jane, don't be dramatic. In every job that must be done, you must be paid in more than fun."
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:28 PM on July 24 [3 favorites]


Some part of my childhood just imploded.
posted by datawrangler at 7:31 PM on July 24


The crazy thing of course, is that $10.10 is not really a living wage if you have a young family, in many states.

This is good, though.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:33 PM on July 24 [4 favorites]


Gonna be stuck in my head all night now
posted by Carillon at 7:40 PM on July 24


Am I the only one bothered by the fact that Mary Poppins is set in England so none of the American wage issues would apply to her?
posted by nooneyouknow at 7:42 PM on July 24


Good message! And, as we all saw when we scanned the credits to Frozen in disbelief thinking "That cannot possibly be her sing--OH SNAP! IT IS!" ...holy crap, Kristen Bell can totally sing.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:44 PM on July 24 [3 favorites]


Awesome, though there should have been a sloth cameo someplace.
posted by Celsius1414 at 7:45 PM on July 24 [11 favorites]


Wait, that's her singing? I was wondering and then I thought "no way, if she can sing like that we would have heard her before". Wow.
posted by benito.strauss at 7:54 PM on July 24


That was pretty great!
posted by rtha at 7:56 PM on July 24


@benito.strauss- yeah she totally can sing! she kills it in this cult movie favorite "frozen" that just came out!
posted by DGStieber at 7:58 PM on July 24 [10 favorites]




She has a good voice!
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:08 PM on July 24


Am I the only one bothered by the fact that Mary Poppins is set in England so none of the American wage issues would apply to her?

Or that, being in England, she would have access to the National Health Service. Or that someone making only minimum wage pays no federal income tax. Or that room and board are included in her compensation package.

I'm the worst.
posted by The World Famous at 8:15 PM on July 24 [7 favorites]


I feel like her good singing made the video not that funny. She's no Julie Andrews but I would definetly watch a Kristen Bell version of Mary Poppins. Make it a Veronica Mars version of Mary Poppins and I'll give them Kickstarter money. Again.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 8:38 PM on July 24 [5 favorites]


Good singing, important issue, not funny at all. So "Die" I guess?
posted by Justinian at 8:40 PM on July 24 [7 favorites]


benito.strauss- yeah she totally can sing! she kills it in this cult movie favorite "frozen" that just came out!

It'll never catch on.
posted by Justinian at 8:45 PM on July 24 [5 favorites]


Am I the only one bothered by the fact that Mary Poppins is set in England so none of the American wage issues would apply to her?

Call it comical anatopism and, technically, comical anachronism as well. It's certainly intentional ("Cheeeeky!").
posted by Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra at 8:49 PM on July 24 [3 favorites]


Fun fact: When Kristen Bell was a little girl (think, like, elementary school), she was known as Annie, after her favorite musical's titular character. She can sing, alright.
posted by axiom at 9:00 PM on July 24


Oh, Kristen Bell, are you never not delightful?
posted by jacquilynne at 9:58 PM on July 24 [11 favorites]


Well, she wasn't delightful on Deadwood.

Not that she wasn't incredibly fucking awesome.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 11:43 PM on July 24 [5 favorites]


Krisyen does a great job, but I thought the lyrics were clumsy. It looks as though they had one joke - Mary Poppins wants to get paud more - and weren't able to flesh it out. So, yes, die.
posted by Joe in Australia at 11:50 PM on July 24


Believe me, in the UK we have our own Living Wage issues. Sadly, it is not solely an across-the-pond issue, and in places like London where the cost of living is astrofuckingnomical, it is quite a big deal at the moment.
posted by Acheman at 12:04 AM on July 25


For over-21-year-olds, the minimum wage in the UK is £6.31, which Google suggests is $10.73. You get free healthcare, and a minimum of four weeks' holiday off a year. My calculations suggest that payroll taxes will take off $1.80, leaving $8.93.
posted by alasdair at 12:47 AM on July 25


Despite free healthcare etc. the cost of living in the UK is generally higher than that of the US.

The living wage in the UK has been evaluated as being £7.65 per hour and £8.80 in London.

Which equates to about $13 or $15 for London.
posted by electricinca at 3:49 AM on July 25


This Mary Poppins had an american accent, as did the children. It's set in the USA.. what a thing to nitpick! Don't pay people $7.35 an hour in a first world country, that's appalling! Kristen Bell, on the other hand, is adorable.
posted by h00py at 5:49 AM on July 25 [3 favorites]


Ha ha, the little boy is the star of this video. He does a great job mimicking the bug-eyed overemoting of Matthew Garber. (I always loved the crazy expression that came over Michael Banks's face when he finally managed to snap.)
posted by painquale at 7:22 AM on July 25 [2 favorites]


This Mary Poppins had an american accent, as did the children. It's set in the USA.. what a thing to nitpick!

They're definitely trying to speak and sing with British accents. Whether they are successful is another matter.
posted by painquale at 7:28 AM on July 25


> They're definitely trying to speak and sing with British accents.

This is because they're doing a parody of Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins is British. But the video is set in the US because it's about the US economy. And yet US people are generally familiar with Mary Poppins! Which is why the parody is effective! It's a complicated world! But not that hard to understand!! (Insert chirpy melody here, preferably sung by the marvelous Kristen Bell.)
posted by languagehat at 7:44 AM on July 25 [10 favorites]


I agree! I wasn't trying to redivert discussion back to the setting of the video. I was interested in the claim that they're speaking with American accents. That was surprising to me because they sound so clearly to me like they're affecting British accents. h00py is from Australia according to her profile, so maybe the accents are so poor that they sound to her more American than British?
posted by painquale at 8:04 AM on July 25


I'm really surprised how many people in this thread were unaware that Kristen Bell can sing. She got her start in a Broadway musical.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:07 AM on July 25 [1 favorite]


> I agree! I wasn't trying to redivert discussion back to the setting of the video.

Yeah, sorry, I wasn't responding to you in particular but using your line as a handy peg for my response to the general derail about how Mary Poppins is British but this is an American thing, WTF, how does that even work??
posted by languagehat at 8:16 AM on July 25 [3 favorites]


Also, as I recall, Dick Van Dyke had a super authentic Cockney accent in the original.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:33 AM on July 25 [10 favorites]


Fooled me, I can tell you. And I was a pret-ty worldly 5yo. In Missouri.
posted by IAmBroom at 8:42 AM on July 25 [2 favorites]



The crazy thing of course, is that $10.10 is not really a living wage if you have a young family, in many states.


My wife and bought a house, and bought new appliances for it. The guys who came to deliver the appliances and I struck up a conversation. I used to deliver appliances, you know - back in 1996, I was making 9 bucks an hour. It was tough to manage then, with the cost of child support and all that.

The guys delivering my appliances ? $9.35. I don't even.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 9:07 AM on July 25 [3 favorites]


Also, as I recall, Dick Van Dyke had a super authentic Cockney accent in the original.

Well, his character was clearly intended to be an American trying desperately to fit in as an expat working for minimum wage and struggling under the weight of all the U.S. federal income tax he didn't realize he wouldn't actually owe due both to his low income and his qualifying for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.

In fact, he posted a rambling AskMe question about it a few months before moving to London without any savings, connections, job qualifications, or work visa, and we all warned him. But some people have to learn the hard way. Incidentally, he was also the AskMe guy with the fake accent and the fedora. As you can see, losing the fedora was the right move, and he did get the girl, in spite of the accent affectation.

Again, yes, I'm the worst.
posted by The World Famous at 9:18 AM on July 25 [4 favorites]


> I'm really surprised how many people in this thread were unaware that Kristen Bell can sing. She got her start in a Broadway musical.

I still think of her as Veronica Mars. As in "Oh, look, how strange — Veronica Mars is in a Disney cartoon."

I have similar confusion with Lennie Briscoe.
posted by benito.strauss at 12:17 PM on July 25 [1 favorite]


I'll throw in my lame claim to fame here: I was in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts at the same time Bell was, though I never saw her (her major was musical theater and I was film & television), but I remember the hubbub of praise and a certain amount of jealousy when she dropped out her senior year to make her Broadway debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

So yeah, she can sing, but she's such an excellent in-camera actress that we often forget that.
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 12:22 PM on July 25 [4 favorites]


Veronica Mars: The Musical. Sign me up for the Kickstarter, please.
posted by mbrubeck at 3:00 PM on July 25 [5 favorites]


Oh my god, just imagine VM: The Musical.
posted by jenfullmoon at 3:02 PM on July 25


They could adapt it from The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line.
posted by mbrubeck at 3:43 PM on July 25


"So yeah, she can sing, but she's such an excellent in-camera actress that we often forget that."

A long time ago I just began assuming that every actor can sing. I feel like it's sort of a requirement, it's so common. It's more of a surprise to me when someone can't.

Not that I expect everyone to be at Broadway musical level, mind. That does tend to come as a pleasant surprise when I'd not been familiar with their singing at all.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:53 PM on July 25


A long time ago

... we used to be friends. But I haven't thought of you lately at all...

(drums)
posted by Justinian at 11:08 PM on July 25 [3 favorites]


A long time ago,
I just began
assuming that every actor can sing.


Hey, it even scans!
posted by benito.strauss at 12:19 AM on July 26 [1 favorite]


I absolutely adore Kristen Bell, and this was excellent. Now I want her to do an entire series using that Disney Voice (tm) to do Princess styled songs about social injustices.

Maybe then people would finally listen.

Also, I got this off her Twitter feed a few years ago, and now I'm incapable of seeing either actor's work without saying 'Kristianne Baille' in an increasingly stupid sounding voice.
posted by quin at 9:11 AM on July 26 [1 favorite]


Hoo boy. Ladies and gentlemen: the libertarian response.
posted by tonycpsu at 7:19 PM on July 26


That's as hip and cool as Nick Gillespie's leather jacket.
posted by benito.strauss at 8:44 PM on July 26


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