Today while running errands in the car and listening to Mary Poppins songs from our Disney medley cd, a little email came through my phone about a newly released Walt Disney Motion Pictures Studios movie trailer (true story…and crazy coincidence!). That trailer was for a movie called, “Saving Mr. Banks”. “Mr. Banks?!”, I thought (while listening to Mary Poppins music), why does that name sound so familiar?! And then it hit me as yet another song came over the stereo…Mary Poppins! You see, I have such a fond place in my heart for Mary Poppins. It was the first “real-people” movie that Big Brother ever saw and he loved it…especially the music and dancing. At just 27 months old, he was smitten with Mary Poppins and Burt! He wanted to watch the songs over and over and over. It was adorable! Need proof? See how cute this little 2 year old guy was while dancing…
Be still my heart…so cute! His little obsession with it continued such that Grammy was convinced he needed to look the part a bit more. So, he got a hat and cane just like Burt. And, he loved it (in fact, we still have them). Many an afternoon was spent listening to the Mary Poppins songs and dancing, just like this: Then, last year, Big Brother got to meet Mary Poppins while we were at Disneyland for the Cars Land Grand Opening. During an extra magic hour morning, we were so lucky to happen upon her on Main Street (and no one else was around)! Big Brother was so excited to meet her! Then even walked hand in hand for a bit…and I snapped on of my most cherished Disneyland photos to date! Love! So, when I realized today that the trailer I got sent was for a Mary Poppins related movie, I was so excited to watch! Tom Hanks, Walt Disney, and Mary Poppins?! OH MY!!! I may or may not have gotten goosebumps and a little teary eyed just while watching the trailer! 😉
About Saving Mr. Banks:
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.
- “Saving Mr. Banks” is the first film to depict the iconic entrepreneur Walt Disney.
- Disney began his quest to get the rights to “Mary Poppins” in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters.
- “Mary Poppins” won five awards of its 13 Academy Award® nominations: Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song. Among the nominations were Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
SAVING MR. BANKS opens in theaters limited on December 13, 2013 and opens wide on December 20, 2013!
Are YOU excited to see this movie?