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Overall A-

When Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) promised his daughters that he would make a movie of their favorite story, he never imagined how hard that would be. Author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) is incredibly attached to her characters, and it is going to take all Walt's magic to get her to give him the rights to Mary Poppins.

Violence B-
Sexual Content A
Profanity B+
Substance Use C-

Talk to your kids about…

Saving Mr. Banks

The character of Mary Poppins carries a bag full of surprises, including cures for all ailments. Why might the idea of such a person with magical remedies be appealing to young children, and even some adults? Where can the real cures for life’s ailments be found?

In the movie we learn both P.L. Travers and Walt Disney faced challenges in their childhoods. Why do you think they responded so differently as they grew up? What does Disney offer as a solution to Mrs. Travers’ disappointments? How did he use that same approach in his life? Is there an application in his advice for the lives of others with emotional scars?

How does the relationship between Mrs. Travers and her driver (played by Paul Giamatti) evolve over the time she spends in Los Angeles? What things does she learn about him? What things does he accept about her? How does his outlook and deposition eventually influence the way she sees and feels about the world?

Learn more about P.L Travers and her book series featuring Mary Poppins.

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