Thursday, July 11, 2013

Trailer for Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks' Premieres

To bring Mary Poppins to life, Walt Disney had to work his magic on children's novelist P.L. Travers.


  Inspired by true events, 'Saving Mr. Banks' is the extraordinary, untold story of how the 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. 

  The following description can be found on the Disney Movies page for '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. Disney presents “Saving Mr. Banks,” directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Christine Langan.
The film will release in U.S. theaters on December 13, 2013, limited, and open wide on December 20, 2013.

What are your initial thoughts on Saving Mr. Banks? Let me know if the comments.


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    1. I can't wait either, Gayle! Tom Hanks is the perfect actor to play beloved Uncle Walt. And Emma Thompson? Yes!

  2. Can.Not.Wait for this!! The trailer gives me goosebumps!

  3. Agreed, this looks like phenomenal casting! Hoping the limited release makes it to the south side of Chicago because I don't think I can wait one extra week!

    1. December is only a few months away.... ;-)

  4. We watched this last night....we cannot wait either, it looks like it is going to be great! December is only a few months away (okay but please don't rush Christmas, lol)