Saving Mr. Banks comes out this month. It tells the story of the somewhat unwilling collaboration between Walt Disney and PL Travers, the writer of Mary Poppins, for the Hollywood adaptation in 1964.
Emma Thompson, noteworthy for playing a different magical nanny in Nanny McPhee, plays the cantankerous writer who fights tooth and nail against the Disney-fication of her story. Tom Hanks as Walt Disney eventually wins her over through charm, persistence, and a trip to Disneyland. True story? Mostly!
I’m really looking forward to the flashbacks in the film of Travers’ childhood, which motivated her to write the story of Mary Poppins. Should be quite fascinating.
Who can say whether Walt was too pushy or PL was too stubborn? I think we can all agree that we’re so glad Mary Poppins was made into a movie in the ’60s. The beloved classic is iconic, delightful, influential, and lovely — just like these practically perfect handmade items that were inspired by it.