How Disney came to own ‘Mary Poppins’

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Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks” may be the most entertaining two hours of corporate branding you’ll ever see. The film tells the story of “Mary Poppins” from the other side of the screen, in the battle of wills between the lady who wrote the book -- the veddy British P.L. Travers, played (delightfully) by Emma Thompson -- and the all-American pop visionary who made the movie, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks, enjoyable but miscast).

“Saving Mr. Banks” is extremely canny and often great fun, primarily in the scenes in which Travers locks horns with the Disney-ites. When all is said and done, though, it’s a drama about the joys of selling out and because the movie’s a Disney production, there’s little irony intended.

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