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Five Facts About Making the Film Saving Mr. Banks


Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

“Saving Mr. Banks” will be have a limited-engagement release on December 13th, and then open nationwide on December 20th. It took Walt Disney nearly 20 years to obtain the rights to the book “Mary Poppins” from the author P.L. Travers. The film tells the magical story of how Walt Disney kept his promise to his daughter, Sharon, by making the film “Mary Poppins.” It is an amazing film, and these are five facts about the making of the film “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

The film “Saving Mr. Banks” was filmed in the Los Angeles area including Disneyland, TCL Chinese Theatre (the place where the 1964 premiere of ‘Mary Poppins’ took place), the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, and the 10,000 acre Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley. The Simi Valley location was where many of the scenes were filmed to depict the 20th Century Australian landscape. “Saving Mr. Banks” was only the third film to ever be shoot at Disneyland Park. The only other two films that were ever shoot inside of Disneyland were “That Thing You Do,” and “40 Pounds of Trouble.”

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

The Walt Disney Archives provided the actors and production team with more than six hours of audio recordings from story meetings between P.L. Travers and the original “Mary Poppins” creative team. In the recordings, taped at the insistence of Travers between April 5th and 10th, in 1961, they hear the author share her strong opinions and suggestions with the Disney staff: songwriters Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, writer Don DaGradi, and story department head Bill Dover (who also served as Travers’ host during her visit.)

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

Inside of Walt Disney’s office in the film “Saving Mr. Banks” are the real Academy Awards that were loaned from the display at the Walt Disney World Resort to be used in the set of the film.

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

As the cast and crew gathered around when the production wound down in the Rehearsal Studio set, Richard Sherman, unbeknownst to most everyone gathered, took a seat at the piano and began playing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” asking everyone there to join in a sing-a-long. Instantaneously, dozens grabbed their cellphones and began recording this spontaneous music event.

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

In order to visually recreate the Disney Studio Lot, Disneyland Park, and the “Mary Poppins” premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as they appeared in the early 1960′s, the “Saving Mr. Banks” production team examined more than 500 photographs from the Disney Photo Library collection, including images of the Studio building hallways and offices, Disneyland storefront windows and aerial photography.

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

Don’t miss seeing this incredible film with limited engagement on December 13th, and nationwide on December 20th.

We attended a press event for the film as a guest of Disney

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