This week the movie is a real oxymoron, “Saving Mr. Banks.” It sounds like it would be a film for the kids, but it is NOT. It is the story of how Walt Disney fought to get the rights to "Mary Poppins," and includes some adult situations. It is rated PG-13, however.
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 think would take him 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 be mauled” by the Hollywood “machine.”
But as money grows short and the books stop selling, Travers agrees to go to Hollywood to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.
For these two weeks in 1961, Disney pulled out all the stops. Armed with imaginative story boards and songs from the Sherman Brothers, an all out onslaught is launched on Travers, however the author does not budge.
The production group watches helplessly as the author becomes increasingly immovable and the rights to the story begin to move further from the Disney group.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Disney discovers the key to getting the story rights for the popular movie.
Tom Hanks plays Disney and Emma Thompson plays the stubborn author. The movie is nominated for a Golden Globe, but when this was written the award show had not yet announced the winners. When you read it, you will already know if it is a winner or not.
This is a very enjoyable film for the adults and older children. Because of some of the “upsetting images,” it received the PG-13 rating.