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Pi, and Mary Poppins

Yesterday we were watching Mary Poppins and we noticed something we hadn’t noticed before. The most surprising thing is probably that is was my partner, not I, that noticed it. What she noticed can be seen here:

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“Why have they got pi on that kite?” she asked.

I’ve been thinking about that question. My first thought was that it may be completely random, although I dismissed that idea fairly quickly. This is a big budget Disney movie, it’s highly unlikely that anything in it is there randomly or by accident. So why is it there? What does it signify?

My next thought was that Mr Banks is acting a little irrationally at that point in the film, and Pi is the most famous of all irrational numbers, perhaps the film makers put it there for this reason? (I did Google this, and not much came up but it does seem this idea had been had before)

Perhaps the film makers just love maths, and wanted to include the picture symbol as a nod to that? Perhaps there was some significance to Pi’s infinite nature?

Do you know the answer? Have you spotted Pi, or any other maths links in other Disney films? In any films for that matter? I’d love to know if you have!

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  1. January 25, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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