“As I expected. “Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.”
Saving Mr. Banks is a magical look into the making of one of Disney’s most popular movies, Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson plays the ever so straight-faced P.L. Travers. It takes awhile to fully understand the character and why she is so steadfast against the Disney empire and it’s “movies,” and in no way is she going to allow Walt Disney, beautifully played by Tom Hanks, ruin her story.
We do learn through some flashbacks of her childhood in Australia, just how Travers gets her rough exterior, and it allows us to empathize with her character a little more. Disney eventually feels a kinship with her, and they learn to work together to bring her story to life, and to the ultimate classic it will eventually be known as.
If you are a fan of Mary Poppins, and really, who isn’t? Then you will definitely enjoy Saving Mr. Banks and how the movie came to be. Featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), Bradley Whitford (TV’s The West Wing), Annie Rose Buckley (TV’s Home and Away), Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger), B.J. Novak (TV’s The Office), Rachel Griffiths (TV’s Brothers & Sisters) and Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands), Saving Mr. Banks was directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie), 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.
Blu-Ray Bonus Materials*:
The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Join Director John Lee Hancock on a tour of the Disney Studios lot, reflect on studio life during the making of Mary Poppins, and discover how Walt’s creative spirit still flourishes today.
Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Cast and crew sing break out in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to Composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming.
Stargaze (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – A picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood.
Nanny Song (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD) – The Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with.
Pam Leaves (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – After yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport.
Take a look at some scenes from Saving Mr. Banks:
Bonus Clip: Pamela Leaves (Deleted Scene)
Pamela Go Round
Never Ever Just Mary
Call Me Walt
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