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Running Time:
2 hours

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for thematic elements including some unsettling images

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This tribute to the Disney legacy is both likable and sentimental, with excellent performances and a sweet, high-spirited charm.

Additional Info:
Emma Thompson ... P.L. Travers
Tom Hanks ... Walt Disney
Annie Rose Buckley ... Ginty
Colin Farrell ... Travers Goff
Ruth Wilson ... Margaret Goff
Paul Giamatti ... Ralph
Bradley Whitford ... Don DaGradi
B.J. Novak ... Robert Sherman
Jason Schwartzman ... Richard Sherman

Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks is the basically true story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks courted P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) into letting him option the rights to her children's book "Mary Poppins" and turn it into a movie. Disney is a doting father who promises his adoring daughters that he will bring their favorite fictional nanny Mary Poppins to the big screen. Little does Walt realize that surly author P.L. Travers has no intention of seeing her most famous creation bastardized on the big screen, a fact that makes keeping his promise a difficult endeavor.
Years later, however, when Travers' book sales begin to slow, dwindling finances drive her to agree to a meeting with Disney to discuss the film rights to her beloved story. For two weeks in 1961, determined Disney does his absolute best to convince Travers that the film version of Mary Poppins have slipped through his fingers, the ingenious Disney reflects back on his childhood, and realizes that a sensitive chapter from Travers' youth could be the key to clinching the deal.
Disney is convinced that Mary Poppins will be a wondrous and respectful movie, meanwhile the author only grows more convinced that she has made the right move in preventing the proposed film adaptation. For most of the movie, Travers appears more willing to lose her home than to agree to what she considers would be a vulgarized, sanitized, saccharine Disney movie, especially loathing the idea that animated penguins would dance with Dick Van Dyke.
How Disney was able to convince P.J. Travers to give her permission is revealed near the conclusion, and though Travers appears to be content with the way Mary Poppins turns out when she first sees it at the Hollywood premiere, in reality she felt abused by Disney and refused rights to sequels.  She also made sure that the Broadway version would be made only if nobody from the film production were involved.

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