Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Dick Van Dyke School for Cockney Studies

Just catching up on the backlog. Haven't updated the blog in forever, so there are 50 or 60 Dick Van Dyke references to catch up on.

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Obsessed With Film, March 30th, 2011, "TV Review: Martina Cole's THE RUNAWAY" by Simon Gallagher.

Everyone looks like they’re fresh from the Danny Dyer/Tamer Hassan school of acting (which incidentally owes a lot to the Dick Van Dyke school for Cockney Studies).

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RPG Fan, April 1st, 2011, "April Fools 2011: Details on the Possible Final Kingdom Hearts Title" by John Tucker.

The biggest surprises, though, come in the form of new worlds. Having already explored many iconic Disney worlds in previous Kingdom Hearts games, Square Enix is now branching out into new territory. Over the years, many have mocked Dick Van Dyke's attempt at a cockney accent, but we'll be hearing it again when he joins the party in a Mary Poppins-themed world.

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Philadelphia Magazine, April 1st, 2011, "Review: “Mary Poppins” at the Academy of Music" by Aaron Mettey.

Yet for all of the effort made to ensure Mary looks/acts like Julie Andrews’s Mary, more care should have been taken with casting Bert. Inevitably, you can’t imagine anyone other than Dick Van Dyke playing Bert—horrible accent, and all. So Nicolas Dromard is already at a disadvantage. No matter how much he is able to bring/b to the role (which is actually quite a lot), I couldn’t help but want someone lankier, someone more … well, Van Dyke-ian.

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