Saving Mr. Banks (2013) was a recent box-office and awards-season winner, proving it was time for another “jolly holiday with Mary,” as one of Walt Disney’s most successful films—MARY POPPINS—celebrates its golden anniversary. Inspired by his daughters’ love of P.L. Travels books about the stern, magical nanny, Disney spent over two decades courting the author to obtain the rights. When she finally gave in, he created a lavish, heart-felt production that has delighted audiences for a half a century. Julie Andrews shot to stardom by sternly but sweetly taking the Banks family in hand, with the help of chimney sweep Dick Van Dyke and a bevy of eccentric characters. The instant hit received 13 Oscar nominations, a record for Disney that still stands. With five Oscar wins—for Best Actress, Editing, Special Effects, Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”) and Score—it’s his most successful film with the Academy. It would also be the studio’s top-grossing feature for 20 years, with its huge profits helping to buy the land on which Walt Disney World was built.
50th anniversary presentation in collaboration with Buena Vista.
Dir. Robert Stevenson
In attendance: Richard Sherman