Saving Mr. Banks

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DISCLAIMER – WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST : Before watching Saving Mr. Banks I had little idea of what I was getting myself into.  I knew it was about Disney and I saw Tom Hanks so I came running.

This story covers the feuding personalities of P.L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins book series, and Walt Disney.  In reality I have no idea of what their true relationship was so I shall analyze the film from the characters on screen.

We start off the film knowing two different timelines of P.L. Travers life. One as a little girl and her relationship with her loving father and the other of course during the period of time Walt Disney was pursuing the film right’s to Mary Poppins.  We are introduced to a stubborn old woman but we slowly realize there is much more then meets the eye;  The different timelines help the audience stay on Travers side as she battles Walt Disney to make the movie as she envisioned it.

The story of Mary Poppins is practically an autobiography of her life with a happy ending. Throughout the film we feel for Travers as we experience her anguish through her past memories.  A little girl watching her father, the person she admires most in the world, go through alcoholism and his fleeting life with tuberculosis.  We see these past memories translate with Mary Poppins and how she comes to not save the children but to save their father.

Walt Disney: George Banks and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because that’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.

The song “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” gives Mr. Banks the happy ending that P.L. Travers always wanted for her father.  It shows that Mr. Banks is free from his burdens which allows him to be truly happy and possibly an homage to P.L. Travers father signifying that he is in a better place now.

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Mr. Banks:
With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You’re a bird in a flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite

Oh, oh, oh!
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let’s go fly a kite!

Bert:
When you send it flyin’ up there
All at once you’re lighter than air
You can dance on the breeze
Over ‘ouses and trees
With your first ‘olding tight
To the string of your kite

Londoners:
Oh, oh, oh!
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Let’s go fly a kite!