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The Penguin Waiters are characters from Disney's 1964 musical film Mary Poppins who sing Jolly Holiday in the animated sequence of the movie and dance with Bert.

Background

Physical Appearance

The Penguin Waiters, as their names imply, are a group of anthropomorphic penguins who appear in the animated sequence. Each penguin seen in the animated sequence Mary and Bert end up in wears a black bowtie

Personality

Three of them are cheerful, but their leader appears cynical.

Appearances

Mary Poppins

They are seen in the animated sequence of the film when Mary Poppins and Bert, specifically during the part where the musical number "Jolly Holiday" pauses for a bit and then resumes. They waiter them and enjoy a dance with Bert. Later, Bert offers Mary to dance with the penguins just as the penguins join the couple dancing. They are not seen again afterwards.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

They serve people at the Ink and Paint Club in this film. Eddie Valiant orders a scotch on the rocks from one and adds, "And I mean ice!" The penguin returns with his drink with a diamond in it ("ice" is a slang term for "diamond"), upon which he replies, "Toons." Two of them appear at the end of the film alongside the other cartoon characters.

The Little Mermaid

A different group of penguins wearing the same bowties from Mary Poppins makes an appearance in the episode Save the Whale. They are a group of performing penguins that perform in Pettigrew's Penguin Park. When they feel like they want to escape the sea park just like Spot, Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, the penguins manage to escape the circus, along with Spot.

House of Mouse

They serve as waiters for the House of Mouse.

Saving Mr. Banks

In the film, the Penguins remain a point of contention between P.L. Travers and Walt Disney, as Travers is adamant about refusing to have them in Mary Poppins since it feels they would dumb down her books. When Travers cries at the premiere, is it ambiguous whether she's sad about the Penguins being left in Mary Poppins (as she claimed both in this film and in real life) or about how Mary Poppins reminds her of the tragic relationship with her father.

Mary Poppins Returns

In the sequel to Mary Poppins, the Penguins make a reappearance still in an animated sequence at the Royal Doulton Bowl where all the inhabitants in this sequence are anthropomorphic animals where they dance along with Mary along with a cast of animals during the musical number "A Cover is Not the Book". They look somewhat different from the original versions as they are heavily redesigned in this film, with larger eyes, more distinct appearances from one another, and a more elaborate costume (their bowties being supplemented by hats and evening wear) — casting doubt on whether they are the same penguins as the 1964 versions, although they certainly appear to know Mary. 

Disney Parks

They are semi-rare characters. They only make occasional meet and greet appearances and are often seen with Mary Poppins. They are also seen in Fantasmic! on certain nights. The penguins are also featured in One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!

Disney Games

The Penguins make a possible role in 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue, as one of the toys that Cruella's Factory makes. They try to attack either Domino or Oddball, by sliding towards them.

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Media
Films: Mary PoppinsMary Poppins ReturnsThe Cat That Looked at a KingMary Poppins (video)Mary Poppins Returns (video)

Music: Mary PoppinsMusicalThe Legacy CollectionMary Poppins Returns
Books: Big Golden BookLittle Golden BookPractically Poppins in Every Way

Disney Parks
Garden of the Twelve FriendsMary PoppinsThe Great Movie Ride

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicMickey's Magical Music WorldOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnOnce Upon a Mouse
Restaurants: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Parades: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney on Parade: 100 Years of MagicDisney Stars on ParadeDisney Stars 'n' CarsDreaming Up!Happiness is Here ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Fireworks: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisney Dreams!Disney Movie MagicDisneyland ForeverFantasy in the SkyMagical
Spring: Disney's Easter WonderlandDisney's Spring Promenade

Characters
Mary Poppins: Mary PoppinsBertGeorge BanksWinifred BanksJane BanksMichael BanksPenguin WaitersFoxAdmiral Boom and Mr. BinnacleUncle AlbertMr. Dawes Sr.Katie NannaMrs. BrillEllenMr. Dawes Jr.Constable JonesThe Pearly BandMiss Lark

Mary Poppins Returns: William Weatherall WilkinsJackTopsyThe Balloon LadyClydeShamusJohn BanksAnnabel BanksGeorgie BanksAngusHamilton Gooding and Templeton FryeThe Park KeeperPenny Farthing

Locations
London
Songs
Mary Poppins: Sister SuffragetteThe Life I LeadThe Perfect NannyA Spoonful of SugarJolly HolidaySupercalifragilisticexpialidociousStay AwakeI Love to LaughFeed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)A British BankFidelity Fiduciary BankChim Chim Cher-eeStep in TimeA Man Has DreamsLet's Go Fly a Kite

Mary Poppins Returns: (Underneath the) Lovely London SkyA ConversationCan You Imagine That?The Royal Doulton Music HallA Cover is Not the BookThe Place Where Lost Things GoTurning TurtleTrip a Little Light FantasticNowhere to Go But Up
Musical: Temper, TemperPractically PerfectAnything Can Happen
Deleted Songs: The Anthropomorphic ZooThe ChimpanzooThe Right SideThe Land of SandAdmiral BoomMary Poppins' MelodyYou Think, You BlinkThrough The Eyes of LoveWest WindTiki TownThe North Pole Polka


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