There’s nothing more magical than Disney. Sorry J.K. Rowling, but it’s true. And when you take one of the most beloved films from the house the mouse built, Mary Poppins, and have Tom Hanks portray Walt Disney himself, then you have a recipe for one of the most delightful films this winter. A brand new trailer for Saving Mr. Banks has hit the web, and it looks to be yet another Disney darling.
Fun fact, Saving Mr. Banks was on the producers black list last year as one of the most highly-praised, unproduced screenplays of the year. Lucky for us, it was picked up and brought to life. As the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins the movie, it only seems fitting for the behind the scenes story to be told. I am very anxious to see how well Tom Hanks can nail down Disney’s personality and charm as well as what new insights Disney can bring for everyone’s favorite singing nanny.
In the trailer below, the marketing team has set up a very nice introduction to the story of P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson). There’s a great balance of wit and humor integrated throughout the lovely Disney references and classic Marry Poppins callbacks. The supporting cast looks to be a lot of fun with Bradley Whitford as Don DaGradi the screenplay writer, along with B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman as the Sherman Brothers, the film’s composers. And then there’s Paul Giamatti who just pops in there as a faithful Disney limo driver. Behold:
Beyond the wonders of Disney there is a story here that lies in the family history of Pamela Travers. We see a quick glimpse of Colin Farrell as Travers’ father and a depiction of what appears to be the nanny the Mary Poppins book is based on. She looks pretty fierce, but she has that umbrella. Saving Mr. Banks looks like a very enjoyable time at the movies. There’s a sense of heart, family, and of course that Disney charm.
And here is the official plot synopsis for Saving Mr. Banks, courtesy of Apple Trailers:
Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen—and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.
So what do you think chaps? Will this take your tuppence?
Saving Mr. Banks arrives in theaters December 20, 2013.
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