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Old 07-11-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Saving Mr. Banks Trailer

E! Online with the newly released Saving Mr. Banks trailer about the partnership between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers to bring Mary Poppins to film.

Looks good to me!
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:44 PM   #2
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I can't wait to see it!
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I'm looking forward to seeing it!
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This looks fantastic! Mary Poppins is one of my very favorites!! Cannot wait!
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:31 AM   #6
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I will definitely be seeing this, but I'm a little unconvinced about Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Obviously he's super talented, but something feels lacking. Maybe my opinion will change after seeing the movie.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:43 AM   #7
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I've always been a fan of Tom Hanks, so I guess I'm a little biased when I say this, but from what the trailer has shown us so far, I am PSYCHED for this movie!!! I wished we didn't have to wait till Christmas, but I'm sure the time will fly on by before we know it.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:23 PM   #8
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It looks amazing. I got goosebumps when I watched the trailer.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:41 PM   #9
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Very excited to see it!
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:58 PM   #10
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Excited too...but a bit disappointed it's PG-13. Hopefully whatever makes it '13' is worth it.
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Excited too...but a bit disappointed it's PG-13. Hopefully whatever makes it '13' is worth it.
Yeah, hopefully it's just perhaps some curse words, and nothing suggestive and whatnot. Considering this movie represents Walt Disney (the man) in a sense, I don't think they'll make it too off-putting.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:55 AM   #12
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I do hope they stay true to the facts and make it realistic. The trailer looked like things were sugar coated a bit, I hope that's wrong.

P.L. Travers and Walt Disney had a VERY adversarial relationship. She was an incredibly difficult woman and drove Walt bonkers. She was abusive to the producers and directors of the movie, harassing them almost non-stop. So much so that Walt banned her from the premiere of "Mary Poppins". She managed to sneak in, and left the theater bawling over Walt's treatment of her character. She hated Dick Van Dyke in the role of Bert, loathed the Sherman brothers songs, thought Julie Andrews was too pretty and far too nice, and most of all, detested the animation sequences. After she saw the movie, she wanted Walt to cut them all out, and he told her, "Pamela, that ship has sailed." She was furious and vowed never to work with Walt again.

If you've ever read any of the Mary Poppins books, you know that the "real" Mary Poppins was harsh, rude, mean and conceited. Obviously a character who acted like that was not going to win over any viewers in a film, so Walt "Disneyfied" her. P.L. Travers said that she would "never, ever, ever get over" what Walt had done, and when her book was turned into a stage production, she stipulated that "no Americans be would be involved".

It is true that the character of Mr. Banks is most likely based on P.L. Travers' father, who was also a banker. He was a raging alcoholic, lost all his money and died at a young age. It is widely speculated that P.L. Travers' wrote these books...in which she is the character of Mary Poppins...to indeed, "save Mr. Banks", if only in fiction.

So, I'm really anxious to see the film and see how the whole relationship between Walt and P.L. Travers is played out. I also wonder if they will realistically portray Walt as the three pack a day chain smoker that he was. I don't think that should be overlooked.

One thing I am pretty sure of...P.L. Travers would hate this film. :D
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Saving Mr. Banks

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I will definitely be seeing this, but I'm a little unconvinced about Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Obviously he's super talented, but something feels lacking. Maybe my opinion will change after seeing the movie.
My sentiments, too - I think I'm just distracted by Tom Hanks because I'm thinking "That's Tom Hanks," not "That's Walt Disney." But I love Emma Thompson, and this does look really good.

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Excited too...but a bit disappointed it's PG-13. Hopefully whatever makes it '13' is worth it.
The rating at the beginning of the trailer says something like "For thematic elements including some unsettling images." I'm guessing, from the flashbacks and DianeW's post about the real PL Travers' father, that the PG-13 elements are going to relate to family strife/alcoholism/her father's death. I think it's less likely to be something "offensive" than something that could be too emotionally challenging or complex for some young children. Just my guess, however.
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I do hope they stay true to the facts and make it realistic. The trailer looked like things were sugar coated a bit, I hope that's wrong.

P.L. Travers and Walt Disney had a VERY adversarial relationship. She was an incredibly difficult woman and drove Walt bonkers. She was abusive to the producers and directors of the movie, harassing them almost non-stop. So much so that Walt banned her from the premiere of "Mary Poppins". She managed to sneak in, and left the theater bawling over Walt's treatment of her character. She hated Dick Van Dyke in the role of Bert, loathed the Sherman brothers songs, thought Julie Andrews was too pretty and far too nice, and most of all, detested the animation sequences. After she saw the movie, she wanted Walt to cut them all out, and he told her, "Pamela, that ship has sailed." She was furious and vowed never to work with Walt again.

If you've ever read any of the Mary Poppins books, you know that the "real" Mary Poppins was harsh, rude, mean and conceited. Obviously a character who acted like that was not going to win over any viewers in a film, so Walt "Disneyfied" her. P.L. Travers said that she would "never, ever, ever get over" what Walt had done, and when her book was turned into a stage production, she stipulated that "no Americans be would be involved".

It is true that the character of Mr. Banks is most likely based on P.L. Travers' father, who was also a banker. He was a raging alcoholic, lost all his money and died at a young age. It is widely speculated that P.L. Travers' wrote these books...in which she is the character of Mary Poppins...to indeed, "save Mr. Banks", if only in fiction.

So, I'm really anxious to see the film and see how the whole relationship between Walt and P.L. Travers is played out. I also wonder if they will realistically portray Walt as the three pack a day chain smoker that he was. I don't think that should be overlooked.

One thing I am pretty sure of...P.L. Travers would hate this film. :D


I agree with most of what you noted, but I would also point out:

1. She was indeed a very hard to get along with lady, even her book publishers hated dealing with her over her books. This was not a sweet little old lady.

2. Mrs. Travers had a contract with Disney that said she had limited control on what the film contained until released. She was not banded from the premiere to my knowledge, in fact the story I read was she was at the premiere party, and told Walt she didn't like all the things you said and wanted to know when they could start cutting, especially the penguins (she really hated them for some reason*.

Walt advised her that her contractual control ended with the premiere and that *I am not changing a thing!*

3. As to her personnel story and the books, I believe you are totally correct.

4. Disney has had Mary Poppins on Broadway and in a road production for years, with Americans in the cast and production team, so whatever was in her will has no legal merit.

5. I really don't see the big deal about Walt being a heavy smoker, it has never been hide away. In fact it killed him.

6. I read a interview a few years ago, with someone in her family after she died, that as the years past she warmed up a bit to the movie, but still didn't like the cartoons parts.
If for no other reason she should have remembered, that although she was well off, the movie made her a very rich woman.



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