In honor of the December 6th release of Mr. Popper's Pengiuns, enjoy this Retrospective of Angela Lansbury:
From Mrs. Potts to Mr. Popper: Angela Lansbury
Debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download December 6
Angela Lansbury stars in Mr. Popper’s Penguins as Mrs. Van Gundy, and it’s her first film role since the 2005 kids’ flick Nanny McPhee. Though a critically acclaimed and much beloved actress in her own right (starring in classics like Gaslight and “Murder She Wrote”), Lansbury has put a stamp on children’s film with iconic parts in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Beauty and the Beast and Anastasia. Here, we will take a look back at five of these roles that families most know and love Ms. Lansbury for.
Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol) stars in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS, available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download December 6th. The whole family will be full of laughs watching Mr. Popper, a driven businessman, inherit six adorable and mischievous penguins. As Mr. Popper quickly gets attached to his winged roommates, his life quickly unravels: the deal he’s long been working on with a formidable socialite, Mrs. Van Gundy (Angela Lansbury), is derailed and Popper almost lands in jail. While Popper’s penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - they teach him valuable lessons about family- human and otherwise!
1) The Dowager Empress Marie in Anastasia
As the Dowager Empress Marie in 1997’s Anastasia, Angela Lansbury lent her voice to this animated adaptation of the real-life Russian Empress. In the film, Marie spends ten years searching for her missing granddaughter, Anastasia (voiced by Meg Ryan), and is reluctant to meet any more women proclaiming to be Anastasia because so many people have tried to con her. Marie originally distrusts the real Anastasia when they meet, but as Anastasia recalls a lullaby they had bonded over – the film’s most memorable song, “Once Upon a December” – Marie realizes that she has found her long lost granddaughter.
2) Mrs. Van Gundy in Mr. Popper’s Penguins
3) Aunt Adelaide in Nanny McPhee
4) Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast
In the classic Disney film, Beauty and the Beast, Angela Lansbury voices Mrs. Potts; one of the prince’s servants that is magically transformed into a teapot after a curse is placed on the prince and his castle. Mrs. Potts helps orchestrate a plan to get the curse lifted by creating a romantic evening for Belle and the Beast where she sings the iconic song, “Beauty and the Beast” while they share a romantic dance in the ballroom. Legend has it that Lansbury didn’t think she should perform the song and only agreed to sing one take of it – and that’s the version that appears in the film!
5) Mrs. Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Angela Lansbury stars as Mrs. Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks as an apprentice witch who uses her powers to aid the war effort. When she takes three children into her home, she enchants a bedknob that, when reattached to the bed, will travel anywhere the children want it to. After going on a magical adventure with the children, Mrs. Price returns home and creates a magical army out of old uniforms and weapons, sending medieval knights, Elizabethan Guards, Cavaliers, Redcoats and Highlanders after the German army, eventually sending them into retreat.