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Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music are two of the greatest movies of all time. Or are they? Consider the following, and see if you agree that they are actually one of the greatest movies of all time:

Both movies are musicals.

Mary Poppins was released in 1964; The Sound of Music was released in 1965.

Both movies are better-known and more popular in America than the books they were based on (Mary Poppins in the Park by P.L. Travers and The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta von Trapp).

Mary Poppins won five Oscars. The Sound of Music won five Oscars.

Both movies are set in Europe during the first half of the 20th century: Mary Poppins - 1910 London; The Sound of Music - 1939 Salzburg.

Mary Poppins prominently features St. Paul's Cathedral; The Sound of Music prominently features Nonnberg Abbey.

Both movies star Julie Andrews as a caretaker of multiple children, who turns the household on its head and becomes loved by all.

Both sets of children have driven away multiple caretakers. Lack of attention from their father is cited as a reason in both movies.

In Mary Poppins, Andrews' character is named Mary, and the father's name is George. In The Sound of Music, Andrews' character's name is Maria, and the father is named Georg.

Both fathers are affluent, with multiple house servants (not counting Andrews' character).

Both fathers start out hard-nosed, businesslike, overly structured, and distant from their children (Mr. Banks runs his house like a British bank, while Captain von Trapp runs his like a ship in the navy;) both become more open and closer to their children by the end of the movie.

Neither set of children is being raised by their mother: in Mary Poppins, the mother is ineffectual; in The Sound of Music, the mother is deceased.

In Mary Poppins, unpleasant times are made more palatable by application of "A Spoonful of Sugar;" The Sound of Music uses "My Favorite Things" to similar effect.

Both movies feature family members opposing the government in some fashion. In Mary Poppins, Winifred Banks is a suffragette, who regularly takes part in vocal (and sometimes illegal) rallies. In The Sound of Music, Captain von Trapp opposes the Anschluss and the Third Reich, and refuses to accept the official order to rejoin the navy.

Mary Poppins features beloved Uncle Albert; The Sound of Music features beloved Uncle Max. Neither "uncle" is actually related to the other characters.

In both movies, Andrews' character leaves without saying goodbye, even to the children.

Both movies end with the characters ascending to new heights, accompanied by appropriate songs: Mary Poppins - "Let's Go Fly a Kite;" The Sound of Music - "Climb Every Mountain."

Let's face it, they just repackaged and re-released the same movie! Come on, who do they think they're fooling?

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