|Saving Mr. Banks|
|Directed by:||John Lee Hancock|
|Produced by:|| Alison Owen|
|Music by:||Thomas Newman|
|Editing by:||Mark Livolsi|
|Distributed by:||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Release Date(s):||December 13, 2013|
|Running time:||109 minutes|
The film centers on 3 intervals in the life of P.L. Travers, shifting between 1907 with her childhood in Queensland, Australia, to her writing the Mary Poppins books in the 1930's and the negotiations with Walt Disney and the making of the film adaptation of Mary Poppins in the early 1960's. While in California for filming, Travers thinks back to her difficult childhood in Australia, most especially to her father, the inspiration for the role of the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, in the film.
- Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. To prepare for his role, Hanks took several visits to The Walt Disney Family Museum and interviewed some of Disney's relatives including his daughter Diane Disney Miller. Hanks also stated that Disney's notorious vice of chain smoking (which led to his death from lung cancer in 1966) would be incorporated through the course of the film.
- Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers
- Colin Farrell as Travers Robert Goff
- Paul Giamatti as Travers’ chauffeur, Ralph
- Jason Schwartzman as Richard M. Sherman, musician who co-wrote the film's songs with his brother Robert. Richard himself also taught Jason how to best portray him, and assisted in other points of the film.
- B. J. Novak as Robert B. Sherman, musician who co-wrote the film's songs with his brother Richard.
- Ruth Wilson as Margaret, Travers' mother
- Victoria Summer as Julie Andrews, actress who portrayed Mary Poppins
- Kathy Baker as Tommie, a trusted studio executive
- Bradley Whitford as Don DaGradi, the co-writer of the 1964 film.
- Rachel Griffiths as Aunt Ellie, Margaret's sister
- Annie Buckley as the young P.L. Travers, nicknamed "Ginty"
- Kimberly D'Armond as Nanny Katie, young Travers' childhood nanny and the inspiration for Katie Nanna
- Luke Baines as Waiter
- Michael Swinehart as Porter
Marcel's screenplay is listed in film executive Franklin Leonard's 2011 Black List, voted by producers, of the best screenplays that are not in production. According to the 40th Anniversary DVD release of the film in 2004, Disney had been working since the 1940s to acquire the rights to the book that was written in 1934, as a promise to his two daughters, but Travers had great misgivings about how her stories would be filmed. She finally relented and allowed Disney to film the story but was so disappointed with the animated portions of the film that she refused to allow any other stories to be filmed.
Although some of the filming was originally to be in Queensland, Australia, all filming took place in the Los Angeles area, including Disneyland and at the Walt Disney Studios. Filming was completed around Thanksgiving 2012, and the film was released on December 20, 2013.
For the Disneyland sequences, Disney blocked off certain parts of the theme park from November 6 to 7, 2012 (such as Disney's California Adventure and Sleeping Beauty Castle, the former of which didn't exist yet). The park's cast members and several hundred guests were also hired as extras.
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