About the Movie
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise-one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history
Oh My! I loved this movie. So entertaining to see the determination of one man to keep a promise. I found this background story of how the beloved Mary Poppins came to be a movie very fulfilling. The history of P. L. Travers, and that of Walt Disney, was extremely interesting. I can safely say I laughed, got a little miffed, was surprised, and had a tear or two while watching this movie. Let me add that the Sherman brothers and many others were very talented and creative. Without them, I do not think Walt would have been able to get the rights and make Mary Poppins the classic it is today!
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