Saving Mr. Banks Synopsis
Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” 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.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this true-story adaptation of how Walt Disney adapted P.L. Travers' novel Mary Poppins.
Have a jolly holiday and be Mary! From your friends at Walt Disney Studios, in theaters now.
Plus, we hear from Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Bradley Whitford and director John Lee Hancock. This acclaimed drama expands December 20.
Learn more about the music that was created for Mary Poppins and the true story behind this character. Debuting in theaters December 13th.
Tom Hanks tries to convince Emma Thompson to ride a merry-go-round. Watch what happens when P.L. Travers lets her guard down at Disneyland.
Emma Thompson discusses playing Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. Watch as Director John Lee Hancock takes us inside this true story drama.
Walt Disney meets Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers for the first time in this scene. Plus, Emma Thompson discusses playing the writer in a new featurette.
Jason Shartzman and B.J. Novak are song-writing duo Richard and Robert Sherman in this true life tale of Mary Poppins' journey to the big screen.
B.J. Novak, Jason Schwartzman and Bradley Whitford are featured in these shots from John Lee Hancock's drama about the making of Mary Poppins.
New logos are also revealed for Muppets Most Wanted and Saving Mr. Banks at the D23 Expo on Saturday.
Stars and filmmakers from Muppets Most Wanted, Malficent and Cinderella introduced the latest footage at Disney's D23 Expo on Saturday.
Where her book ended, their story began in this Disney biopic about the behind-the-scenes trails in bringing Mary Poppins to life, in theaters this Christmas.
Disney's Alan Horn and John Lasseter will preview animated movies such as Frozen and The Good Dinosaur at the annual convention.
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this true-story about Walt Disney's pursuit of P.L. Travers' novel Mary Poppins, in theaters this Christmas.
Emma Thompson co-stars as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in this true tale of how her movie got made, in theaters this December.
The studio offers an update on its entire impending slate, announcing release dates for Into the Woods and The Hundred-Foot Journey.
Emma Thompson stars as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in this period biopic revolving around that film's troubled production.
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star as Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers in this drama about bringing Mary Poppins to the big screen.
Director John Lee Hancock's drama follows the story of how Mary Poppins made it's way to the big screen.
John Lee Hancock is directing this story about how Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers reluctantly let Disney adapt her beloved novel.