Mary Poppins: 'Saving Mr. Banks' Begins Production, Despite Rift (Video)

Monday, 09 Dec 2013 08:53 AM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
"Mary Poppins" writer P.L. Travers' experience with Walt Disney was a lot different than what is depicted in the upcoming feel-good Hollywood blockbuster "Saving Mr. Banks," according to one author who wrote about the dark side of the filmmaker's legacy.

Travers, who brought the magical, umbrella-flying nanny "Mary Poppins" to life in her 1933 book, was notoriously cranky and reluctant to turn over her beloved character to Disney for the 1964 film adaptation.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"I don't think Disney had the faintest idea of what to expect when she turned up [on the 'Poppins' set]," Brian Sibley, a British writer who worked with Travers in the 1980s on a never-completed sequel to the film, told the New York Post. "She was an immensely complex person. Amazingly independent and strong, very determined, very strong-willed."

"Saving Mr. Banks," which stars Tom Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers, remains somewhat true to the real story. For example, it shows Travers' displeasure with the studio's ideas for cartoon scenes and nonsensical songs like "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and also delved into how much she insisted on being involved.

But the happy ending in "Mr. Banks," where Travers is finally on board with the film, is not exactly how things went down in reality, says Marc Eliot, author of "Walt Disney: Hollywood's Dark Prince."

"Disney brought her to Hollywood and decided he would charm her into making this film," he told the Post. "But she wasn't very charm-able. She was a tough woman — not quirky or cute. She didn’t like American movies, and she hated animation more than anything.

"Disney had no creative respect for this woman. He wanted a property, and once he got it he completely ignored her input and all the restrictions she had agreed to. And that’s how the film got made. That revisionist history — that’s part of the myth of Walt Disney."

Travers was never won over by Disney, Eliot said, and she reportedly wept through the entire premiere of "Mary Poppins." She died in 1996 at 96 years old, still ornery and irritable.

"Saving Mr. Banks" hits theaters Dec. 13.



Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Incubus: Island Records Signs Band, Will Release Two EPs in 2015

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 20:08 PM

The alternative rock band Incubus has signed with Island Records, and will put out two EPs next year, Billboard reported . . .

Squarespace Workers Re-Create Famous Paintings Using Office Objects

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 19:41 PM

Two Squarespace employees are re-creating famous works of art on their breaks with things found lying around the office, . . .

FedEx Truck Accident Spills Likely Christmas Packages Along Interstate

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 19:21 PM

A FedEx truck crashed in Georgia on Tuesday, spilling boxes, Netflix videos, and probably Christmas gifts along the high . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved