As a quick follow-up to its listing for Frozen on Blu-ray (along with an apparent exclusive on the 3D version), Walmart is now listing Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks with a release date of March 18, 2014 as well. Perhaps most interesting, however, is that not only does this come ahead of any official announcement, but it appears the listing is currently only available through the direct link which was supplied to us by Walmart via its electronic catalog — it does not yet appear to show up in any search results, which may cast further doubt on whether the release date has any legitimacy at this point.
As part of its ‘For Your Consideration’ campaign for the 2013 awards season, Walt Disney Studios today released the final draft of Kelly Marcel’s script for Saving Mr. Banks, a film which has already been garnering a string of accolades, particularly for Emma Thompson in the starring role of P.L. Travers.
The script, which is available on Disney’s For Your Consideration website, can be directly accessed here.
Walt Disney Studios has released this new featurette for Saving Mr. Banks, focusing on the iconic music of Mary Poppins. It featuring Robert Sherman (half of the famous Sherman Brothers songwriting team responsible for the soundtrack as well as the film’s common threads) as well as the cast of Saving Mr. Banks as they discuss (and in some cases, reminisce) about the music and Walt Disney’s influence. Some additional footage as well as behind-the-scenes footage is also shared along the way.
In honor of Saving Mr. Banks which shares the previously untold story of what it took for Walt Disney to bring Mary Poppins to the movies, Walt Disney Studios has released several behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, sketches by screenwriter Don DaGradi (as seen below) and more. Pictured left is a rarely seen photo of Richard and Robert Sherman singing along with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Irwin Kostal, while pictured below is a sketch by DaGradi featuring P.L. Travers during ‘the trial — I mean conference.’
We have been provided with some additional details on the new bonus features that will support on the 50th Anniversary edition of Mary Poppins as it makes its Blu-ray debut on December 10, 2013 (now available for pre-order).
Mary-OKE will highlight popular music from the film, specifically ‘Spoon Full of Sugar,’ ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,’ ‘Step In Time,’ ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ and allows viewer to sing-along to animated words that display onscreen in unique ways.
Except that what will be in store hasn’t happened before — at least not like this. On December 10, 2013, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release the beloved 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, on Blu-ray for the first time ever. That would place its release just a few days before Saving Mr. Banks opens in limited release on December 13 and on the same day its soundtrack, with music composed by Thomas Newman, is slated to be released.
Australian video remix artist Nick Bertke (aka Pogo) has just released his latest Disney collaboration, ‘What I Likes’ featuring audio and video from the Walt Disney classic, Mary Poppins, featuring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. You can find the video embedded below.
‘What I Likes’ comes as Mary Poppins is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary and as Disney is preparing to release a film based on the actual events that lead to its production, Saving Mr. Banks in which Walt Disney attempts to court author P.L. Travers in his quest to turn her stories into a film.
Disney legend Dick Van Dyke recently recorded his guest appearance for an upcoming episode of Disney Junior’s ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.’ Van Dyke will be playing the role of Goofy’s long-long Grandpappy, Captain Goof Beard.
‘Anytime it’s Disney, I’m ready — I always show up,’ Van Dyke said. ‘I’ve worked with Donald once and I think I’ve worked with the seven dwarfs at one point down at Disneyland, but this is the first time I’ve ever worked with Goofy and I’m playing — of course — his grandfather. I’m a pirate. Nobody ever knew Goofy’s grandfather was a pirate before. They did tell me I was gonna have to sing, but I don’t have to sound like Goofy. ‘Cuz I said that I can’t do.’
Disney fans attending the first day of Disney’s D23 Expo, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, will be able to end their day with an unforgettable evening of harmony provided by Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix. The popular vocal quartet is comprised of legendary television, Broadway, and film star Dick Van Dyke and three renowned west coast musicians—Mike Mendyke, Bryan Chadima and Eric Bradley. The group will appear in concert on Stage 23 at the D23 Expo on Friday, August 19, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.