Dick Van Dyke sings outside Walt Disney's childhood home
Walt Disney’s childhood home served as an impromptu Dick Van Dyke concert venue this weekend, as the Mary Poppins star led a performance of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from the front lawn of the famed animator’s birthplace.
On Sunday, the acting legend joined a chorus of men gathered outside the two-story Chicago house during a fundraiser for The Walt Disney Birthplace and the newly kicked-off Dick Van Dyke Foundation For The Performing Arts, performing the famous tune as a large crowd looked on. The audience then joined in, belting the song’s lyrics alongside the 90-year old.
Van Dyke was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance as Bert, a musically-inclined cockney chimney sweep (among other things), in Mary Poppins. He performs the song, written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, near the end of the 1964 film, after George Banks (David Tomlinson) fixes his children’s kite. Songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman won an Academy Award for penning “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” also from the Mary Poppins soundtrack.
Watch the full video of Van Dyke singing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” outside Walt Disney’s childhood home in the video above.