“Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks top-line Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold back-story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” 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.” (Saving Mr. Banks)
Imagine if Walt had failed in getting the rights to make the movie Mary Poppins. I shudder at the thought. The movie Mary Poppins has always been a musical that I can turn to, full of imagination and wonder. I think I sang Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious every day for a year. I mean who doesn’t want to say the word over and over agian? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious…Just makes you smile and laugh.
Although the film is considered a classic it is still very much alive as each new generation watches the film and falls in love with Jane, Michael, Mary Poppins and Burt.
Saving Mr. Banks, gives viewers incite into what it took to make this classic a reality. Below are some free Saving Mr. Banks and Mary Poppins printables and downloads.