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2013 – Saving Mr. Banks


Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Written by: Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith
Produced by: Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer
Production year: 2013
Original release: 20 December 2013 (USA)
Running time: 2 Hours, 5 Minutes
Other cast: Emma Thompson, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell
Misc: IMDB | Amazon | iTunes

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins (1964), 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.