Saving Mr Banks / Mary Poppins Box Set (DVD)
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Mary Poppins (1964):
The movie combines songs, color and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures. Mary Poppins is a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers.
Saving Mr Banks (2013):
When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins (1964), he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.
Marguerite, South Africa. 16 August 2014
This boxset offers the ideal way to view two 5 star films. SAVING MR BANKS gives the background story to the creation of the musical MARY POPPINS, and then the viewer can watch the fruits of Disney's labours, in all its glory.
In SAVING MR BANKS, Golden Globe nominated Emma Thompson gives a superb performance as the difficult spinster authoress, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who battles movie mogul Walt Disney (an amiable Tom Hanks) all the way to the conclusion of their very sour relationship, and the final production of the film she claimed she abhorred. In the film, all ends happily, but in reality, there was so much friction between "Mrs" Travers and Walt Disney, that she was not invited to attend the premiere (she had to pay her own way to get there)and in retaliation, she vetoed any further projects involving any of her numerous books - an embargo that remained in force until shortly before her death.
In MARY POPPINS one gets to see what the row was all about, and quite frankly, I felt that P.L. Travers had made a mountain out of a molehill, because Disney's production is one of the best musicals ever made. The witty dialogue, the marvellous music score by the very talented Sherman brothers, the lively dance sequences and the excellent acting by all the cast members (Dick van Dyke's awful cockney accent excepted) make this film an absolute delight.
Both films are highly recommended.
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