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ABC to air 'Mary Poppins' special Saturday

For the first time in 13 years, audiences can watch the beloved Disney classic "Mary Poppins" on network television, just in time for a "jolly holiday."

Even better, actor Dick Van Dyke, who portrays Bert, the carefree Cockney chimney sweep in "Mary Poppins," will host interstitials throughout the broadcast of "'The Wonderful World of Disney' Presented by Target Brings You 'Mary Poppins'" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 on the ABC Television Network.

Van Dyke will be joined by Bullseye, the Target mascot, and present brand-new footage from Disney archives, allowing viewers to spot treasures, including iconic props from "Mary Poppins" and other Disney movies. He will also share insights about a movie that continues to delight generations of families.

It also will be the first time that Target's Holiday Odyssey story — told through a series of broadcast commercials — will be shown in its entirety on TV.

Released in 1964, "Mary Poppins" combines live-action and animation, and in 2013 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by theLibrary of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Set in Edwardian London, the film features no-nonsense nanny Mary Poppins, who flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children of the wealthy and strict Banks family, Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber). With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Van Dyke), the spirited nanny sets off on a series of fantastic adventures with Bert and the children, and teaches their parents some lessons about love along the way.