“Saving Mr. Banks”
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 13, 2013
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Written by: Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith
Walt Disney promised his daughters that he would create a movie about their favorite story character, “Mary Poppins.” With this promise made to his children, he set out on a 20-year journey to make one of the best-known Disney films to ever make it to the big screen.
Now, “Mary Poppins” is one of the classics Disney is known for. His fight to make this film was not as easy as sitting down at a storyboard and going for the gold. The author, P.L. Travers, refused to let Disney make a film of her book.
As time passed, Travers was running out of money. Her whimsical nanny had brought her fame and fortune and she couldn’t hand over her life’s work to the “Hollywood” hounds. But the books had stopped selling and she was getting desperate.
In 1961, Travers met with Walt Disney to discuss the possibility of bringing the lovable nanny to the screen. Disney went overboard with their ideas; creating storyboards and songs that would be incorporated into the final product. Travers wasn’t amused. Disney watched as Travers tightened her grip around her nanny’s umbrella and watched as his promise to his children left his grasp.
Disney did what he was known for. He reached into the depths of his own childhood to learn about skeletons in Travers closet and what may haunt her from childhood. Travers learned to trust Disney and understand he wanted to make “Mary Poppins” the beloved classic it has become.
Out of this triumphant behind-the-scenes story, we get two amazing films; “Mary Poppins” and now, “Saving Mr. Banks,” a prequel to the making of the popular Poppins picture.
P.L. Travers: You don't know what she means to me.
Walt Disney: I won't disappoint you. I swear every time someone walks into a movie house they will rejoice. Don't you want to finish the story?
Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers
Tom Hanks as Walt Disney
Bradley Whitford as Don DaGradi
Paul Giamatti as Ralph
Jason Schwartzman as Richard Morton Sherman