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Uncle Albert is a supporting character in Disney's 1964 film Mary Poppins.

Background

Uncle Albert is a jolly, kind old man who lives in a small home in London. He is the only known relative of Mary Poppins, and appears to have full knowledge of her abilities. He appears to suffer from an unnamed condition, triggered by laughter, where he floats into the air, a condition which Mary describes as "quite serious". Bert reveals that his episodes are fairly common and that it "took three days to get him down" the last time it occurred. Though he loves having company, he becomes terribly sad whenever someone must leave.

Role in the film

While out on errands, Mary Poppins, Jane and Michael learn from Andrew the dog that something has happened to Uncle Albert, though his name is not mentioned at that point. Mary quickly announces a change of plans and heads to his home. Upon reaching the house, she finds that Bert has already arrived.

Upon entering the dining room, the group sees Uncle Albert floating in the air, near the ceiling. Mary reminds him that he had promised not to allow this to happen again. He apologizes but notes that he loves laughing too much. When the children begin laughing, Mary warns them to stop, as the condition is both very serious and very contagious. Meanwhile, Uncle Albert sings about his love for laughter. Halfway through the song, Bert "catches" the "illness" and floats up beside him. The two then finish the song as a duet. As the song ends, Jane and Michael are laughing so hard that they join them in the air.

Uncle Albert and Bert entertain the children by telling various jokes, which send everyone, except for Mary who remains stoic, into hysterics. Eventually, she tells the group that it is time for tea, and she refuses to have her schedule interrupted. Uncle Albert reveals that he has a splendid tea set and ready to serve. She responds that it is getting cold, and he begins to respond with what he had planned. She understands what he is implying before he finishes, and uses her powers to make the table float into the air. She herself then floats up, as she expects that they will want her to serve.

Uncle Albert, Mary, and Bert make conversation, which is constantly interrupted by his jokes. He is so happy that he wishes they could stay. Michael is certain that they will have to, as there is no way back down. Uncle Albert then reveals the cure, somewhat reluctantly, which is to think of something sad. Mary asks him to begin. He starts by telling the story of a man who ran over a woman's cat, and his offer to replace it. As a result, everyone begins to float down. However, the sad story ends with a joke, much to Mary's chagrin. Uncle Albert apologizes, saying that he can't help but have things end funny. After looking at her watch, Mary reveals that they must head home, which is sad enough to have everyone return to the ground. Mary and the children promise to return, but Uncle Albert is now very upset. Bert offers to stay for a bit. Uncle Albert tells them how he always enjoys company but gets very sad when they must leave. Michael tells him that they'll come back soon. Bert attempts to tell a joke to cheer him up, but it fails miserably, and he is left crying. He isn't seen again for the rest of the film.

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Trivia

  • In Mary Poppins Returns, it's revealed that Mary Poppins has a cousin named Topsy, whose scene is very similar to that of Uncle Albert in the original film as both of them have a song and the Banks children enjoy their experience. However, it's unknown if Topsy is Uncle Albert's daughter or she is related to other, unseen, relative of Mary.


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Media
Films: Mary PoppinsMary Poppins ReturnsThe Cat That Looked at a KingVideo

Music: SoundtrackMusicalThe Legacy Collection
Books: Big Golden BookLittle Golden Book

Disney Parks
Garden of the Twelve FriendsThe Great Movie Ride

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicOne 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 Easter WonderlandDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Friends Springtime ProcessionalDisney 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

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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