Let Avis take you on an inspiring journey this Christmas with two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar® winner Tom Hanks. Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks”; inspired by the extraordinary, untold back story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. Set in 1960 California, the film tells the tale of a time Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite 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 leaves her beloved London and 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. Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen-and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it. ©Disney
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Saving Mr Banks opens in cinemas from November 29th.
A SHEER DELIGHT Screen Daily
SMART, WITTY ENTERTAINEMNT **** Daily Telegraph
MESMERISING **** The Times
TOM HANKS AND EMMA THOMPSON ARE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS … A DELICIOUS TREAT – Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
THE FEELGOOD FILM OF THE FEASTIVE SEASON – Daily Mail