Living less than an hour away I grew up going to Disney and the magical world of it’s fairy dust which pretty much captures all of children’s hearts. Long before I was a little kid they were providing magical stories for countless other kids like Mary Poppins. Well I am SOOOO super excited about the newest Disney film coming out in mid-December called “Saving Mr. Banks” – it’s the TRUE story of how Walt Disney acquired the story of Mary Poppins – which is also based on a true story. Tom Hanks is the PERFECT choice to portray the iconic Walt Disney and Emma Thompson plays the author of the Mary Poppins book. Check out the synopsis and trailer below!
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.