See how Mary Poppins made it to the screen in Saving Mr. Banks

Today’s pick (May 8): Saving Mr. Banks – Foxtel on Demand

GO behind the story of how the classic film Mary Poppins was made with Saving Mr Banks, new to Foxtel on Demand.

Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney, who must persuade author P.L.Travers (Emma Thompson) to let him bring her masterpiece to the big screen.

“Aggressively likeable and sentimental to a fault, Saving Mr. Banks pays tribute to the Disney legacy with excellent performances and sweet, high-spirited charm,” says Rotten Tomatoes. 

10 things you didn’t know about Mary Poppins:

  1. The author, P.L. Travers, was from Australia
    She grew up in Queensland.

  2. Walt Disney first started pursuing the book rights for a film from 1938
    But it wasn’t until decades later when Travers and Disney met in person that the movie was made.

  3. Mary Poppins was the Harry Potter of its day
    Upon its release in 1964, it was Disney’s highest-grossing film for 20 years.

  4. It won five Oscars
    Including Best Song for Chim Chim Cheree … making it Disney’s most successful Oscar outing ever.

  5. Whenever Disney came onto the set, he asked to hear Feed The Birds
    One of the movie’s most powerful songs. 

  6. Angela Lansbury and Bette Davis were also considered for the role of Mary Poppins
    Instead it went to Julie Andrews, fresh from the success of My Fair Lady.

  7. Dick Van Dyke isn’t British (gasp!)
    He’s actually American, despite his “convincing” Cockney accent.

  8. The movie’s songwriters came up with the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
    Good luck using spellcheck on that

  9. Contrary to popular belief, most nannies can’t fly with the help of magic umbrellas
    Don’t try this at home.

  10. Mary Poppins’s many fans include Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Who thinks she might be a Time Lord.

- Charles Purcell