In "Saving Mr. Banks," P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) travels to Los Angeles to meet with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) to discuss his desire to purchase film rights to her book Mary Poppins. It's clear from the start that Walt Disney and P.L. Travers are on much different levels of comfort, with her insisting to be called Mrs. Travers and him Walt. This certainly does not help his cause to obtain the film rights as her biggest fear is that he will produce some cartoonish and disrespectful adaptation of a story so near to her heart.
To get her to agree to the film, Walt Disney shows her the happiness that the Disney brand brings, including a personal tour of Disneyland, plus tries to understand the root of why this story is so special. He soon learns that it's not just a tale but a representation of her own childhood with her father the basis for the father in the book, Mr. Banks.
"Saving Mr. Banks" opened with critical acclaim but it's not the only blockbuster showing during the 2013 holiday season with competition from films such as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," "The Last Days on Mars," "12 Years a Slave," "Frozen," "Oldboy," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," "Ender's Game, "The Counselor," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Don Jon," "Rush, and "Prisoners".
Never Ever Just Mary
Don DaGradi: "Good morning, Pamela!"
P.L. Travers: "It's so discomforting to hear a perfect stranger to use my first name. Mrs. Travers, please"
Don DaGradi: "I do… do apologize, Mrs. Travers. I'm Don DaGradi, the scriptwriter."
P.L. Travers: "Co-scriptwriter. I shall certainly be having my say, Mr. DrGradi."
Don DaGradi: "Uh, wonderful, I welcome your input."
P.L. Travers: "If indeed we ever sign off on the script"
Don DaGradi: "Right um, this is the rest of your team. This is Dick and Bob Sherman, music and lyrics. Boy, this is the one and only P.L. Travers, the creator of our beloved Mary."
P.L. Travers: "Poppins"
Don DaGradi: "Who else?"
P.L. Travers: "Never ever just Mary… Pleasure to meet you. I fear we shan't be acquainted for very long."
Robert Sherman: "Why is that?"
P.L. Travers: "Because these books simply do not lend themselves to chirping and prancing, no, certainly not a musical. Now where is Mr. Disney? I'd certainly like to get this started and finished as briskly as humanly possible. Perhaps someone could point me in his direction. That'd be super. Thank you."
Responstible Is Not a Word
P.L. Travers: "No, no, no, no, no! 'Responstible' is not a word!"
Richard Sherman: "We made it up."
P.L. Travers: "Well, un-make it up."
Richard Sherman: [quickly hides sheet music to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"]
My Name Is Mrs. Travers
Walt Disney: "Well, Pamela Travers, you can't imagine how excited I am to finally meet you."
P.L. Travers: "Would you mind my name is Mrs. Travers, Mr. Disney."
Walt Disney: "Walt now you gotta call me Walt."
Mary Poppins Is Not for Sale
P.L. Travers: "Stop! Mary Poppins is not for sale. I won't let her turn into one of your cartoons."
Walt Disney: "Says the woman who sent a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children."
P.L. Travers: "You think Mary Poppins has come to save the children. Oh dear."
Walt Disney: "Mrs. Travers, what am I missing here? I'm, wondering what I have to do to make you happy. You know, you've never been to Disneyland and it's the happiest place on earth."
P.L. Travers: "No, no, no please."
Walt Disney: "Well when does anyone get to go to Disneyland with Walt Disney himself?"
Frustrated by their desires to make the film cartoonish and flowery, P.L. Travers breaks down and declares the story not for sale. Walt Disney is however determined to understand the story and get the rights so he takes her somewhere to butter her up, Disneyland.