Thanks to a pre-order listing on iTunes, we now have the complete track list for the double-album original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks as composed by Thomas Newman (also available via Amazon). The soundtrack is scheduled to be released on December 10, 2013, just ahead of the film’s limited release on December 13, followed by its wide release on December 20, 2013.
To celebrate the release of Saving Mr. Banks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, D23, Disney’s official fan club, has dedicated the entire winter 2013 issue of its members’ quarterly magazine, Disney twenty-three, to the beloved nanny. Available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, the issue includes exclusive interviews with Saving Mr. Banks stars Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Bradley Whitford, as well as director John Lee Hancock. It takes readers behind the scenes of the making of this spectacular new film, which opens in limited release on December 13 and looks at the creation of Disney’s Mary Poppins and the sometimes combative but respectful relationship between the character’s creator, P.L. Travers (Thompson), and Walt Disney (Hanks).
Simon & Schuster will be re-issuing its biography of Mary Poppins, She Wrote by Valerie Lawson on December 3, 2013, in an effort to capitalize on Disney’s biopic Saving Mr. Banks. The book will be released in both paperback and Kindle formats.
The official publisher’s description is as follows:
The only comprehensive biography of P.L. Travers — the fascinating woman who created Mary Poppins, the events in this book inspired Disney’s movie Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with two new 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. Although nothing new for those that have seen the trailer, the newly released stills feature Jason Schwartzman and BJ Novak as Richard and Robert Sherman as well as Bradley Whitford as screenwriter Don DaGradi.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with a series of ‘fun facts’ regarding their upcoming film, Saving Mr. Banks (limited release December 13, wide release December 20, 2013). Admittedly they start out a bit slow with nothing really new to add to the mix, but as you go through the list, there’s sure to be a fact or two that will impress — especially the roles that the Walt Disney Studios Archive and Walt Disney Family Museum too on with aiding the production of the historical dramedy.
SAVING MR. BANKS FUN FACTS
Disney announced today that Saving Mr. Banks has been chosen to open AFI FEST 2013, presented by Audi, on Thursday, November 7. The film, which will have its North American premiere at the festival, stars Academy Award®-winning actress Emma Thompson and Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks, both of whom will be in attendance at the Opening Night Gala, along with director John Lee Hancock and other stars from the film.
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with a new hi-res still from its upcoming feature, Saving Mr. Banks, which has been added to our gallery of images from the film below.
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.
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.
Disney D23 Presents the Treasures of the Walt Disney Studio Archives is easily one of the most popular attractions during the biennial D23 Expo, arguably second only to the star-studded arena presentations, and this year is sure to be no different.
Although smaller than last year’s presentation, by focusing on timeless properties such as Disney’s oft-foray into the world of L. Frank Baum’s Oz and the 1964 classic Mary Poppins, the archives team has managed to produce a solid sampling of fascinating objects that span decades film and parks history.
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.