Tom Hanks Archives
Saving Mr. Banks

Character: Walt Disney
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Written by: Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith
Produced by: Alison Owen
Other cast: Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti
Release date: December 20, 2013
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Running time: 2h 5min

Spurred on by a promise he made to his daughters, Walt Disney embarks on what would become a 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to "Mary Poppins." The author, P.L. Travers, proves to be an uncompromising curmudgeon who has no intention of letting her beloved characters become mangled in the Hollywood machine. However, when the books stop selling and she finds herself in need of money, Travers reluctantly agrees to consider Disney's proposition.


→ Where her book ended, their story began.
→ Behind the beloved book is a story beyond words.
→ To bring Mary Poppins to life, he needs to work his magic.
→ To Walt Disney, “Mary Poppins” was more than a book. To her, it was more than a movie.


♦ In the movie, Tom Hanks is playing Walt Disney, who is Tom’s distant cousin.
♦ The production team were absolutely meticulous about every detail of Tom Hanks’ portrayal of Walt Disney, right down to measuring the exact length of his mustache.
♦ Tom Hanks was 55 when filming began, making him not quite five years younger than Walt Disney was in 1961.

Character’s Quotes

• 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.
• I’ve fought this battle from her side. Pat Powers, he wanted the mouse and I didn’t have a bean back then. He was this big terrifying New York producer and I was just a kid from Missouri with a sketch of Mickey, but it would’ve killed me to give him up. Honest to God, killed me. That mouse, he’s family.
• You know, you’ve never been to Disneyland, that’s the happiest place on earth.
• There’s no greater joy than that seen through the eyes of a child, and there’s a little bit of a child in all of us.