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P.L. Travers Behind Scenes Revealed in Saving Mr. Banks

On Thanksgiving Day, I volunteered with a group of girlfriends at a shelter in Los Angeles and surprisingly ran into Dick Van Dyke!  I couldn’t my eyes!!  It was like immediately going aback in time with Mommy to a movie theater to see what…amovie with Dick Van Dyke (almost positive it was “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, but it very well may have been “Mary Poppins”). I was obsessed with Mary Poppins, to the point of owning  ‘Mary Poppins’ paper dolls, lunchbox…you name it I had it and knew every song by heart…still do.

So, when I heard over this summer a film had been produced about my beloved “Mary Poppins”…I knew I had to be there!!!  I don’t regret it and neither will you.

Saving Mr. Banks walks us through the back story of how everyone’s favorite Nanny went from a hit children’s novel by P.L. Travers,  to the beloved film produced by Walt Disney.  Turns out this was not an easy task, as Mrs. Travers was a tough cookie and not willing to part with her beloved creation whom she considered to be “family”.  Along the journey we become privy to details of Mrs. Travers and Mr. Disney that almost resulted in the film never being shot or produced.  Luckily for us it did.   Many generations have been able to enjoy this heartwarming classic about love, forgiveness and faith.  I found myself singing along  the same way I did as a young girl where my emotions were touched once again as an adult.

Opening on Christmas Day, Saving Mr. Banks epitomizes the holiday spirit and is a perfect film for the whole family to watch, which nowadays is rare.

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