On December 20th, just in time for Christmas, Tom Hanks brings Walt Disney to life for the first time ever on the silver screen. I truly believe that they could not have found a more perfect actor to play Walt. It’s not an easy task and from what I can tell, Mr. Hanks does a fantastic job.
Mary Poppins is my all time favorite film. I fell in love with the flying nanny at a very young age and have never stopped loving the story. This past summer, when I heard Disney was creating a new movie about the beloved story and how Walt and P.L. Travers (played by the talented Emma Thompson) worked together on making the Mary fly off the pages of Travers’ book, I finally sat down and read the book.
Now, P.L. Travers wasn’t very cooperative with Walt Disney on the whole project. It took 20 years of true dedication for Travers to even agree to making it into a movie. Walt’s daughters were his reason to make sure this book was made into a film. His two daughters, Diane and Sharon, loved reading the books about the beloved nanny, Mary Poppins. Walt promised them that he would, someday, make the characters fly off the pages of the books. He kept that promise to his daughters even though it took two decades to do so.
For two weeks, in 1961, P.L. Travers listened to Walt Disney’s ideas and saw many storyboards. She, however, still did not hand over the rights. Disney had to reach into his own childhood in order to grasp the rights to “Mary Poppins” and in doing so he discovered things about the author’s past that really caught her attention. After this, they agreed to work together on a film that would end up winning many awards and becoming one of the greatest movies in cinematic history.
Now, it is said to be that P.L. Travers did not like the movie at all. I’m not exactly sure why, other than she was just a stubborn woman. After reading the book and seeing the movie hundreds of times, I can say that I believe Disney did an amazing job capturing the story for the big screen. Casting Julie Andrews to play Mary was perfect. She played the “practically perfect” nanny beautifully.
If Saving Mr. Banks is going to anything like Mary Poppins, I predict another film making history from the Disney company. The storyline is strong and something many people will want to know about. It will take us back in time to see how Mary Poppins was made. Mary Poppins has entered the homes of families through many generations and Saving Mr. Banks has a very high potential to do so as well.
Are you excited for Saving Mr. Banks?