Thursday, December 26, 2013

'Read the book first' Friday! ~ Mary Poppins & Saving Mr. Banks

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see the movie Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.  I am a huge Disney fan and think Walt Disney was an incredible inspiration.  Did you know that when he applied for one of his first jobs he didn't get it because he supposedly "lacked imagination"? Can you believe that?  In spite of that rejection, he persevered, and believing in himself, managed to become one of the most respected and revered persons in the entertainment industry. His legacy lives on to this day!!!!

With that in mind, I recommend reading the book Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, whose story the movie is based on.

About the book: From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. It all starts when Mary Poppins is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!

About the author: Born in Australia to an Irish father and a Scottish mother, P. L. Travers was a voracious reader and began to write while she was still a child. She did some acting but quickly moved into literary and dramatic criticism; she wrote some highly respected poetry as well. However, it is her series of books for children, starting with Mary Poppins (1934), on which her fame rests. The prim, kindly, and enchanting nanny takes charge of the Banks's household and brings the children a seemingly endless stream of fantasy adventures. The book was an immediate success. Walt Disney's (see Vol. 3) musical version, in 1964, brought the stories to an even wider audience. Subsequent books about Mary Poppins include Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins from A to Z, and Mary Poppins and the House Next Door.

About the movie Saving Mr. Banks: In Saving Mr. Banks, writer P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) tries to save herself that grief by refusing to hand over the film rights to her Mary Poppins books. But Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) doesn’t give up easily, and, well, if you’ve ever tried to wrap your mouth around the nonsense word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” you can probably guess how that goes.

Official Movie Trailer:

Final thoughts: I think Hanks and Thompson are the perfect actors for this film because 1) Hanks can play anything, 2) Thompson proved she can pull of the whole Nanny thing in the movie Nanny Mcphee (which I loved).  Here I'm assuming that the Mary Poppins character is based upon P.L Travers herself.  I guess I'll have to watch the movie to find out!   As a child, I loved the book.  If you haven't read it, come on down to the CPL to grab a copy before your trip to the theater.