“Wind’s in the east, mist comin’ in.
Like something is brewin’ about to begin
Can’t put me finger on what lies in store
But I feel what’s to happen, all happened before.”
—Bert in “Mary Poppins”
In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character—a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, PL. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen. Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L Travers, the movie opens in theaters everywhere this holiday season.
The Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multitouch Book explores this extraordinary, previously untold story, and includes:
- Video interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, who provide their insights on playing 20th century icons
- Original correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers as they discuss the movie rights and production
-Rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives
-An interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones
- Original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs
-Facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks, including Walt Disney, PL. Travers, The Sherman Brothers and more