EE British Academy Film Awards - Red Carpet ArrivalsNo need for a spoonful of sugar to make these images from "Mary Poppins Returns" go down!

Entertainment Weekly debuted first look photos and concept art from the sequel to the 1964 classic. The magazine's cover features Emily Blunt as the new Mary, the supernaturally capable nanny made famous by Julie Andrews.

The sequel is based on P.L. Travers' eight-book series (the original movie was loosely based on the first two). Mary returns to London 25 years later, during the country's 1930s economic crisis, and finds her former charge, Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw), all grown up with three children of his own. When tragedy strikes, Mary has to lift them out of their gloom with song and dance, assisted by lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda).

Here are more photos from EW ....

Jack, the three Banks children — Annabel (Pixie Davies), Georgie (Joel Dawson), and John (Nathanael Saleh) — and Mary in the rousing musical number "Trip a Little Light Fantastic":

Mary Poppins Returns

Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer), Michael, Georgie, and John welcome Mary:

Mary Poppins Return (2018) L to R: Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, TK, TK and Emily Nlunt  ANY ADDITIONAL USAGE SHOULD BE CLEARED WITH DISNEY

Jack leads his fellow lamplighters through the streets of London:

Mary Poppins Return (2018) Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt  ANY ADDITIONAL USAGE SHOULD BE CLEARED WITH DISNEY

The cast rehearses their musical numbers:

Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Rehearsal shot L-R: L to R: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh?, TK, TK, and Meryl Streep  ANY ADDITIONAL USAGE SHOULD BE CLEARED WITH DISNEY

"Mary Poppins Returns" opens in theaters Dec. 18, 2018.