My husband asked me yesterday, “What is this new Tom Hanks’ Disney Movie with Mickey as his shadow?” Since my husband and I discuss every upcoming Disney movie and he reads my blog I realized that I better share the details with everyone! All the details came out this last July. I didn’t have a chance to post about it because I was busy making a human (okay I had God’s help). BUT seriously here is an upcoming classic coming to the big screen this December and I felt it was appropriate to share with everyone.
I grew up watching Mary Poppins. I still remember sitting cross legged on the floor at a family friends house that we visiting almost daily and watching this it. Now this story is about how Walt Disney’s daughters wanted him to make a movie about their favorite book. This movie is basically about Walt and being the iconic Walt Disney entrepreneur.
Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” 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.
Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen—and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.
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