From Walt Disney Pictures comes the incredible, heartfelt non-fiction drama film Saving Mr. Banks inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen. Directed by John Lee Hancock from a script by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar winner Tom Hanks lead an all-star supporting cast that includes: Golden Globe winners Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Kathy Baker and Rachel Griffiths; Golden Globe nominee Ruth Wilson; Emmy winner Bradley Whitford; five-time Emmy nominee B.J. Novak; and Jason Schwartzman. Saving Mr. Banks’ original score by Thomas Newman has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
Walt Disney promised his daughters he would make their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, into a movie. In his quest to fulfill their wishes, it would take him 20 years to finally obtain the rights from Travers, who turns out to be a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer fearful of Hollywood mauling her beloved magical nanny.
When Travers’ books stop selling and finances grow tight, she reluctantly agrees to visit Los Angeles and listen to Disney’s proposal for the film adaptation of Mary Poppins. During two short weeks in 1961, Disney pulls all stops to convince Travers -- from imaginative storyboards to delightful songs by the Sherman brothers. Despite his all-out onslaught, Travers does not bulge and becomes more convinced not to release the rights to Mary Poppins. Just as it seems Disney has failed, he reaches into his own childhood to see the same ghosts that have haunted Travers. Finally understanding what Mary Poppins means to Travers, Disney and Travers make cinematic history and set Mary Poppins free.
The DVD includes one extra: "Nanny Song" deleted scene, where the Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with. Exclusive to Blu-ray are two more deleted scenes. In "Stargaze," a picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood. And in "Pam Leaves," after yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport. There are also two featurettes included as well. In "The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present," join Director John Lee Hancock on a tour of the Disney Studios lot to reflect on studio life during the making of Mary Poppins, and discover how Walt’s creative spirit still flourishes today. In "Let's Go Fly a Kite," the cast and crew sing an impromptu version of the iconic song on set during the last day of shooting in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to Composer Richard Sherman.
- Emma Thompson as Pamela "P. L." Travers
- Annie Rose Buckley as Young P. L. Travers
- Tom Hanks as Walt Disney
- Colin Farrell as Travers Robert Goff
- Ruth Wilson as Margaret Goff
- Paul Giamatti as Ralph
- Bradley Whitford as Don DaGradi
- Jason Schwartzman as Richard M. Sherman
- B. J. Novak as Robert B. Sherman
- Kathy Baker as Tommie
- Melanie Paxson as Dolly
- Rachel Griffiths as Aunt Ellie
- Ronan Vibert as Diarmuid Russell
- Dendrie Taylor as Lillian Disney
- Victoria Summer as Julie Andrews
- Kristopher Kyer as Dick Van Dyke
DVD Special Features:
- Deleted Scene: Nanny Song - The Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with.
Blu-ray Special Features:
Includes all DVD Special Features plus:
- Additional Deleted Scenes:
o Stargaze - A picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood.
o Pam Leaves - After yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport.
- The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present - Join Director John Lee Hancock for an insider’s look at the Disney Studios today and reflect on studio life during the creation of Mary Poppins. Discover exactly where Richard and Bob Sherman, Don DaGradi, and PL Travers worked on the story and music. Wandering through the lot, learn about studio life during Walt’s time and discover how his creative spirit still flourishes today.
- Let’s Go Fly a Kite - The cast and crew sing an impromptu version of the iconic song on set during the last day of shooting in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to Composer Richard Sherman.
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