'Saving Mr. Banks' trailer explores how 'Mary Poppins' was adapted for the big screen (+video)(Read article summary)
'Saving Mr. Banks' stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as 'Poppins' author P.L. Travers in the story of how the children's book became a Disney film.
The trailer shows Thompson traveling to Los Angeles to meet with Hanks and his company about the possible film. As seen in the trailer, Travers apparently had no patience for those who didnât get her creation right.
âIntroducing the creator of our beloved Mary,â Disney writer Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford), who would pen the screenplay for âPoppins,â announces as she arrives.
âPoppins,â Thompson corrects him. âNever, ever just Mary.â
She also was wary of the movie getting the Disney treatment (âI know what heâs going to do to her,â Thompson says during the trailer. âSheâll be cavorting and winkingâ) and impatient of Disney-like cuteness.
âResponstible is not a word!â Thompson snaps at the Sherman brothers (Jason Schwartzman plays Richard and B.J. Novak plays Robert), who composed the music.
âWe made it up,â Schwartzman tells her.
âWell, unmake it up,â she says with finality, causing him to hide the sheet music for âSupercalifragilisticexpialidocious.â
But the most important sticking point, according to the movie, was Disneyâs misguided idea (at first) of what the story was really about.
âYou think Mary Poppins has come to save the children?â Thompson asks Hanks. âOh, dear.âÂ
Other cast members include Colin Farrell as Traversâ father, âHow Sweet It Isâ actress Victoria Summer as Julie Andrews, âThe Fighterâ actress Dendrie Taylor as Disneyâs wife Lillian, and Paul Giamatti as Ralph, who meets Thompson at the airport in the movieâs trailer.