Saving Mr. Banks

Did you know that:

  • “Saving Mr. Banks” is the first film to depict the iconic entrepreneur Walt Disney.
  • Richard and Robert Sherman’s original score and song (“Chim Chim-Cher-ee”) would go on to win Oscars® at the 1965 ceremonies.
  • “Mary Poppins” won five awards of its 13 Academy Award® nominations: Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song. Among the nominations were Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • Disney began his quest to get the rights to “Mary Poppins” in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters.
  • P.L. Travers’ father was a banker and is the basis for the “Mary Poppins” story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks—the character in the book whom the famous fictional nanny comes to aid.

Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory 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.


  1. I love Mary Poppins and seriously this looks like a fantastic movie. I love when you learn more about the whole story of movie and I’m going to check this out.

  2. I would so watch Mary Poppins even today it was an awesome movie and I loved the Chim Chim-Cher-ee song!

  3. Definitely going to see this one.

  4. I’m definitely going to check this out!

  5. this looks like a really interesting movie.

  6. This is one movie I’m definitely gonna have to see. Sounds so interesting and I’m a huge Tom Hanks fan. He’s one of my favorite actors of all-time.

  7. I had no idea Mary Poppins was such a process! Glad Walt Disney made it happen.

  8. Can’t wait to see this movie.

  9. I love behind the scenes stories and can’t wait to see Tom Hanks in this role!

  10. This one looks great!

  11. I can’t wait to see Tom Hanks as Walt Disney!

  12. This makes me want to read the book(s) as much as anything — I had no idea the storyline was book-based!

  13. Tom Hanks has some big shoes to fill! Hope he nails it!

  14. Such an incredible cast.

  15. exciting indeed!! This will feel like the longest wait for sure

  16. This is going to be so good!

  17. Definitely on my must see list.

  18. This is going to be a great movie!

  19. I love Mary Poppins and Tom Hanks is amazing

  20. This looks like it’s going to be an amazing movie.

  21. Tom Hanks is such a great actor! I can’t wait to see this!

  22. Wow, you know, I don’t recall any other movies about him, but yet he always seems so familiar because of his work.

  23. I’m definitely going to check this out!

  24. I love that they’re taking a peek into some of what really happened. Fun!

  25. Mr. Banks is a very nice film. Thanks for making your statements over the movie. Cheers! :-)

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