#SavingMrBanks is a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Film #DisneyFrozenEvent

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Disclosure: Disney provided me with an expense paid trip to Hollywood for the Disney Frozen Event in exchange for my review of the events of the trip. No other compensation is given. The opinions and experiences in my posts are 100% mine.

savingmrb#SavingMrBanks is a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Film #DisneyFrozenEvent

What’s more Supercalifragilsticexpialidocious then learning about where the word itself came from?  On my trip to LA I did just that, I learned all about how Mary Poppins came to life on the big screen in Disney’s Latest Film Saving Mr. Banks (Opened in limited theaters on 12/13 and will open nationwide on 12/20).  Saving Mr Banks is the True Story of how Walt Disney was able to convince P L Travers, author of Mary Poppins, to allow her story of Mary…I’m sorry Mary Poppins “As it is never ever just Mary” to be shared not just via the words in a book, but to allow her to come to life on the screen in a way that no one but Walt himself could do.  You see, Walt Disney made a promise to his daughters, Diane and Sharon, that he would bring Mary Poppins to life and it was a promise that took 20 years to fulfill.  Needless to say it was a very hard promise to fulfill as P L Travers (never to be called Pamela, especially by a stranger as its “so discomforting”) didn’t make this task very easy.

Now we all know the story of Mary Poppins, the nanny who comes to the Banks home located at 17 Cherry Tree Lane, to “nanny the children” Jane and Michael and how she turns things upside down with songs like “Just a Spoonful of Sugar” and jokes about knowing a man with a wooden leg named Smith.  Her actions are filled with love and care.  In knowing this story we know what she did, but we don’t know the Why.  That’s what Saving Mr Banks is all about!  Showing us why Mary Poppins came about and even going a step further to show how she transformed lives.

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.

Walt Disney is played by Tom Hanks and P L Travers is played by Emma Thompson, both are phenomenal in Saving Mr Banks, but that truly is a given considering the accolades they both hold.  Paul Giamatti plays Ralph, the Limo Driver for P L Travers who is probably the ONLY person who understands her from the beginning, does an excellent job at showing compassion and bringing out the heart of his character.  Colin Farrell who plays Travers Goff in the film is absolutely phenomenal, but the star of the show is young Ginty played by Annie Rose Buckley.  Annie Rose Buckley brings to the film an innocence that only a kid can bring, she did an excellent job with making your heart melt for not only her character, but for both her father and mother.  It’s amazing how kids always see the innocence in their parents even when the not so innocent is present, she did an excellent job at being able to portray unconditional love for both her parents even in the difficult times that were transpiring around them.

annie-rose-buckley(Photo Credit: Disney)

What I loved the most about this movie was the flashbacks, the symbolism, and the scenes that tied in really really well with Mary Poppins.  How the two storylines converged really gave me a better understanding of both movies.  There is a part where P L Travers (Played by Emma Thompson) literally throws pears out of her Hotel Room window and of course it makes you think “What does this lady have against pears?” but as the storyline plays out, you will see why she has an issue with pears.  My favorite part of the entire movie was watching P L Travers become comfortable with her surroundings and allowing just a little creative control over her beloved Mary Poppins.  We watch her begin not only to open up, but to feel a little of the Disney Magic as she “embraces the mouse”.  And while words such as “Responstible” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” are not words and they needed to be “unmade up”, she begins to tap her feet to the Disney rhythm!

Saving Mr Banks made me laugh and cry!  Yes I know I am a sap when it comes to great movies, but truly looking at this movie and how it relates to one of my childhood favorite movies made me fuzzy inside.  The acting was amazing, the storyline was great, and the magic of the film….well it’s a Disney Film so it indeed was magical.  I found myself singing along with every song that came on, because as a Mary Poppins fan I already knew all the words, yet I found myself teary eyed at the saddest of parts.  I truly understand why it took P L Travers 20 years to let go of her Beloved Mary…I mean Mary Poppins (never to be called just Mary).  It is because she was dear and near to her heart and it’s always hard to let loose of those things that we love.  Please be sure to check out Saving Mr Banks in limited theaters now, but nationwide on 12/20/13 – as this is a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Film!

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And for your viewing pleasure…Check out the cast of Saving Mr Banks singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite”

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