For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. Travers never did approve of casting Dick Van Dyke as Bert in the pre-production stages of Mary Poppins (1964).
Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers ... Although he claimed that it was the best film he was in, Van Dyke felt that he was miscast to play Bert and said that either Jim Dale or Ron Moody should have been cast to play Bert.
Banks is a delightful film that is deceptively emotional and flows smoothly enough to be entirely engaging.
Travers (Emma Thompson) thwarts Disney's (Tom Hanks) attempts to secure the rights for twenty years until a flatlining bank balance and a mildly panicking agent persuade her to at least consider Disney's proposition or lose her home with certainty.
There is a genuine warmth to Hanks' performance and this is one of those rare occasions where I temporarily forgot I was watching him.
He's been a very good actor for many, many years, but this year I've had to reassess my opinion of him and state that he has transcended his deserved 'movie stardom' to become a very fine actor indeed.
So while there’s not a film, here’s a bunch of Disney characters getting gay with each other, courtesy of artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros.
When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P. Travers' Mary Poppins (1964), he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep.
Travers suggested actors like Richard Burton, Alec Guinness, Richard Harris, Rex Harrison, Ron Moody, Laurence Olivier, Peter O'Toole, and Peter Sellers for the role, in keeping with the British nature of her books.
Even Travers and Walt Disney both favored Stanley Holloway for Bert, but Holloway had to turn down the role due to his obligation on reprising his stage role of Alfred P.
In the studio Bradley Whitford as screenwriter Don Da Gradi and B. Novak and Jason Schwartzman as the Sherman brothers bring more gentle humour as Travers' desperate, unwilling adversaries.
There's no lazy leaning towards slapstick or cheap shots, rather Hancock steers their scenes gently allowing both the frostiness and the occasional sprinkles of sunlight to sparkle with sincerity.
Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd.