Not along ago we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, a movie that has touched many hearts since its release in 1964. However what most people don’t know is that the real story of Mary Poppins began years and years before the movie hit the big screen…
In Saving Mr. Banks viewers travel back to 1960’s America and go on an intimate journey with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) himself. For 20 years Walt Disney has begged London author P.L. Travers for the movie rights to her book Mary Poppins, something she has always refused. Now that money has become tight she finally agrees to visit Walt Disney in America but she is far from excited or convinced about letting Walt turn her precious characters into a movie.
Working with Pamela Travers (Emma Thompson) proves to be far from easy and she is very particular in her demands, one even more outrageous than the other. From the names of the characters to the use of the colour red and from the lyrics of the songs to any (in her eyes totally unacceptable) animated scenes, it’s obvious that she’d rather not go ahead with the movie at all. It is that Walt made a promise to his daughters that he’d turn Mary Poppins into a movie otherwise he would no doubt have thrown in the towel but instead he agrees with her wishes as much as he can and battles on.
Out of all the things she dislikes in Walt’s film script P.L. Travers is most concerned about the way Mr. Banks, the father figure in the Mary Poppins story, is portrayed. It takes Walt a while to discover that Mr. Banks’ character is based on the memory of Miss Travers’ father and the movie contains many emotional flashbacks of her childhood and special moments with her dad (Colin Farrell). Despite his addiction to alcohol and her sad childhood she holds him very dear and her books are her way of honouring him and redeeming the person she adores.
Over time P.L. Travers softens up and she is starting to feel like the creative team understands what Mary Poppins, and in particular Mr. Banks, mean to her. Walt and P.L. Travers have quite a few hurdles to overcome but in the end she agrees on the production of Mary Poppins; Walt gets to keep his promise to his daughters and Miss Travers is able to do what she dreamed of all along: Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks is available on DVD ($39.95) and Blu-ray ($49.95) at major retailers across Australia.
To celebrate the May 7th Blu-ray and DVD release of Saving Mr. Banks we are giving away 2 copies of Saving Mr. Banks on Blu-ray. Go on, find your best singing voice and enter our giveaway below.