Walt Disney Studios has provided us with seventeen newly released hi-res stills from its upcoming feature, Saving Mr. Banks, which have been added to the beginning of our gallery of images from the film below. In addition to close-ups of several of the main characters such as Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford), Richard and Robert Sherman (Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak) and Ralph (Paul Giamatti) — the only fictional character in the film — we also get some good looks at Travers’ life as a child as portrayed by Annie Buckley with parents Margaret and Travers Goff (Ruth Wilson and Colin Farrell) and Aunt Ellie (Rachel Griffiths). In addition, we also have a couple of looks at costume designs for Walt Disney and P.L. Travers by Daniel Orlandi.
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.
Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker. It will received a limited theatrical release on December 13 and be expanded to a wide release on December 20, 2013.