The Banks family is one that has captured the hearts of many viewers over the years. Merely the mention of their name takes you back to Cherry Tree Lane with the echoes of “A Spoonful of Sugar” bursting out of the windows.
Hitting the screen in 1964, Mary Poppins has almost been forgotten by those who loved her most. That was until recently when she hit the screen again with Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.”
Starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Ferrell, “Saving Mr. Banks” tells the story of P.L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins books, and how Disney pursued the rights to her beloved Mary for the big screen. As the story unfolds, it becomes very evident that Travers has no intention of seeing her most famous and beloved creation turn into one of Disney’s animated movies.
For 20 years, Disney requested the rights for Mary Poppins from Travers to put his daughters’ favorite books onscreen. Years later, as Travers’ book sales began to decline, she is forced to meet with Disney to discuss selling the rights. For two weeks in 1961, Disney and his staff try the convince Travers that the film version of her beloved Mary will be just as wonderful.
After weeks of trying to convince Travers, Disney’s staff finally do something right – they right a song, a beautiful, catchy song that showed the loving, fatherly side of Mr. Banks. Dancing and singing to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” almost convinced Travers that there was a chance for this movie after all.
Soon after, she realizes that Disney does not understand her treasured stories at all. When it seems that Disney has lost his chance to the screen rights altogether, Disney finds that understanding Travers’ childhood and where she got her inspiration for Mary Poppins may just be the key to sharing Mary Poppins with the world.