Saving Mr. Banks

(2013)

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.

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Blu-ray and DVD Releases March 18th

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Blu-ray and DVD Releases March 18th

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment proudly announces the home entertainment release of the heartwarming drama Saving Mr. Banks, arriving on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD and On-Demand on March 18, 2014.

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.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ TV Spot 'Mary Christmas'

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ TV Spot 'Mary Christmas'

From Disney, have a very Mary Poppins Christmas...And remember, It's never just Mary! Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this wild ride about that time when Walt Disney tried to convince stubborn author P.L. Travers that her beloved children's novel would make for great family entertainment. Saving Mr. Banks is in theaters now, and expanding wider on Christmas Day!

Saving Mr. Banks was released December 13th, 2013.

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EXCLUSIVE: Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell Talk ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

EXCLUSIVE: Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell Talk ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Every December, fans can look forward to some of the best movies each particular year has to offer, as the awards season really heat up. This year, Disney's Saving Mr. Banks is riding a wave of critical acclaim that could lead to a slew of Oscar nominations in various categories. The film takes fans behind-the-scenes at Walt Disney Pictures in the early 1960s, showing how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) ended up convincing author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to turn her beloved book Mary Poppins into a movie. We sent Todd Gilchrist to sit down with Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell (Travers Goff), Jason Schwartzman (Richard Sherman), B.J. Novak (Robert Sherman), Bradley Whitford (Don DaGradi) and director John Lee Hancock to discuss this drama, which expands nationwide on December 20. Check out our exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of Saving Mr. Banks.

Saving Mr. Banks was released December 13th, 2013.

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Four ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Featurettes

Four ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Featurettes

Before the adaptation Mary Poppins was a gigantic hit, Walt Disney himself had to convince author P.L. Travers that her story belonged on the big screen. This untold history gets its own adaptation with Saving Mr. Banks, arriving in limited release December 13 before expanding nationwide December 20. Walt Disney Pictures has released four featurettes that give fans behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast members such as Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and director John Lee Hancock. We also hear from Mary Poppins composer Richard M. Sherman, who tells his own personal stories about interacting with Walt Disney.

Saving Mr. Banks was released December 13th, 2013.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Clip 'Pamela Go Around'

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Clip 'Pamela Go Around'

Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) tries to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) that there is still a child in all of us in this scene from Saving Mr. Banks. Although it went on to become a cinematic classic, Mary Poppins' road from the page to the screen was not an easy one, particularly because P.L. Travers had no interest in seeing her beloved character turned into a Disney icon. Watch what happens as Walt Disney convinces P.L. Travers to go one one of his Disneyland merry-go-round rides.

Saving Mr. Banks was released December 13th, 2013.

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Two ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Featurettes

Two ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Featurettes

Director John Lee Hancock explains why actress Emma Thompson was the perfect choice to play Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in the first of two new featurettes for the upcoming holiday drama Saving Mr. Banks. Stars Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, B.J. Novak and more take us behind-the-scenes for a look at Mary Poppins' arduous journey from the pages of a popular children's book to the silver screen.

Saving Mr. Banks was released December 13th, 2013.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Clip 'We're All on a First Name Basis Here'

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Clip 'We're All on a First Name Basis Here'

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.
Tom Hanks Is an Older Walt Disney in ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Photos

Tom Hanks Is an Older Walt Disney in ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Photos

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.