I am Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious excited about the new Disney film set to be released this holiday season (December 20, 2013) called Saving Mr. Banks. I first learned of the movie last fall when I was out in LA. It was filmed on locations around the Walt Disney Studios lot – many places I have personally had the wonderful opportunity to visit myself such as the Animation Studio.
Saving Mr. Banks stars Tom Hanks Emma Thompson, Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, and Jason Schwartzman.
Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks’s , inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen.
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Disney presents Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Christine Langan. The film will release in U.S. theaters on December 13, 2013, limited, and open wide on December 20, 2013.
I LOVE Mary Poppins. It’s one of my all-time favorite Disney films. I know all the songs by heart. When I was little I wished I could dive into the animated world featured in the film and dance with penguins too.
Check out the trailer.
Did you know…
Saving Mr. Banks is the first film to depict the iconic entrepreneur Walt Disney.
Richard and Robert Sherman’s original score and song (“Chim Chim-Cher-ee”) would go on to win Oscars® at the 1965 ceremonies.
Mary Poppins won five awards of its 13 Academy Award® nominations: Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song. Among the nominations were Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Disney began his quest to get the rights to Mary Poppins in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters.
P.L. Travers’ father was a banker and is the basis for the “Mary Poppins” story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks—the character in the book whom the famous fictional nanny comes to aid.
What do you think about he movie? Does it look interesting? Do you think you will go and see it when it’s in theaters? Are you a fan of Mary Poppins? What is your favorite Mary Poppins song or scene?
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