‘Mary Poppins’ Blu-ray Bonus Feature Sneak Peek: ‘Becoming Mr. Sherman’

'Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary' on Blu-rayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released this brief clip from the Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Blu-ray bonus feature, ‘Becoming Mr. Sherman.’ The segment features Richard Sherman and Jason Schwartzman — who portrays Sherman in the upcoming film, Saving Mr. Banks — discussing his role in the film. The clip also features quite a bit of behind-the-scenes footage from the film. Mary Poppins makes its blu-ray debut tomorrow, while Saving Mr. Banks opens in limited release this Friday, followed by a wide release on December 20, 2013.

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.

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