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Mary Poppins, We Still Love You

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The movie 'Saving Mr. Banks' has allowed this 52 year old gentlemen to go back to his youth. You see the first movie I ever went to the theater to see or at least the one I remember as being my first is 'Mary Poppins'. Disney has finally after so many years allowed me to cry during a movie. I did not know the behind the scene mumbo jumbo that made up the classic movie and to be perfectly honest I didn't care. I remember at the age of 4 or 5 I simply went on a Merry Go Round and then we were in the English countryside. I remember flying above the London rooftops with a bunch of chimney sweeps. I remember that I had a need to go fly a kite. I remember crying my eyes out when Mary Poppins left us on the ground for the last time. Watching 'Saving Mr. Banks' allowed me to remember holding my mother's hand and being a kid again.

The movie 'Saving Mr. Banks' concerns itself with Walt Disney making a promise to his daughters and trying to get the rights to the book Mary Poppins written by a woman named P.L. Travers aka Helen Goff. For twenty years Disney tried to sway this Australian born English bred women into giving up her rights to these books. It was not the money at first but because, as we find out, there is a lot of this woman herself in these writings and some of it is very personal.

Her father Travers Goff is the banker "Mr. Banks" unfortunately he is an alcoholic and will die from the disease. You see the woman who came to help the Goff's was not there for the children as in the film 'Mary Poppins' but for Mr. Goff.

Mrs. Travers does finally give in and we end up having cinematic history. Disney with 'Saving Mr. Banks' has brought us full circle again and we once again have fallen for the story and the beginnings of this wonderfully beautifully written tale.

It has been some 47 or 48 years since I fell for 'Mary Poppins' and now I have fallen once again, but this time for the beginning of how it all came to be. Disney has once again made me a believer in a spoon full of sugar and given me the longing to go fly a kite. It has also taught me the hard fact that we need to forgive ourselves sometimes. To understand that last line you must go watch 'Saving Mr. Banks'. Three Cheers for Disney.


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