I’ve always loved Disney. As a kid the films took me to places beyond my imagination. Then, as an adult, I visited Disney Parks for the first time ever. This fascination with all things Disney grew with that first and subsequent visit.
Who was Walt Disney? How did the company start? The curious side of me dived into everything I could learn regarding the Disney family and their history. Websites, journals, stories and then an unforgettable trip to The Walt Disney Museum in San Francisco.
When I first saw the trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, I knew it was one film that I had to see. Not only is it a story of Walt Disney, with glimpses into his life and personality – yet the movie is also about how the film, Mary Poppins, came to be.
I don’t want to get into any details on the storyline of Saving Mr. Banks, since it’s best enjoyed without knowing beforehand. I will say that I watched with huge interest and was blown away by the making of Mary Poppins and the true story behind the famed film. WOW!
Saving Mr. Banks is on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Packs now, and I urge you to see it. You’ll cry, laugh, smile and sing along while learning about the Mary Poppins film AND Walt Disney Studios. I’m so impressed at how much Tom Hanks makes a great Walt, it’s almost eerie.
I especially liked reminiscing about the few times that I went to Walt Disney Studios, as it shows quite a bit of the studios in the film. To think that I walked through these historic buildings, visited the animation building and the archives. I even seen Walt’s old office.
As a Disney fan and ever curious person by nature, I very much liked Saving Mr. Banks. It left me wanting to not only watch Mary Poppins again, but also learn the history of more Disney films. They tell quite the story!
About Saving Mr. Banks:
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, the set Mary Poppins free.
- The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Join Director John Lee Hancock on a tour of the Disney Studios lot, reflect on studio life during the making of Mary Poppins, and discover how Walt’s creative spirit still flourishes today.
- Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Cast and crew sing break out in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to Composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming.
- Deleted Scenes
- Stargaze (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – A picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood.
- Nanny Song (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD) – The Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with.
- Pam Leaves (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – After yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport.
Have you seen Saving Mr. Banks yet?
Disclosure: I was provided with product to facilitate this post, opinions are my own.