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Cathie from Canada

I have been waiting for you to review this movie, and now you do and on my birthday too!
I don't see a lot of movies in theatres but my sister and I did go to Saving Mr. Banks and for just the reason you suggest -- we loved the movie Mary Poppins and we wanted to see how it was made.
Thanks for your insightful and informative review.

Neil

I've been waiting for you to review this movie, and now you do, and a couple of weeks before my birthday too! And I'll get to see it next week when it comes out on Netflix too!
I've long thought that Emma T is like Jodie Foster: one of those actresses who have received multiple awards, but deserve way way more of them. One of my biggest regrets from college is that I was a year or two below her, and saw her on stage, but never got to meet her...... (or Fry, or Laurie....)

Seriously, though, the review makes me want to watch the movie next Monday!

Lance Mannion

A belated Happy Birthday, Cathie, and an early HB to you Neil!

Neil, please let us know what you think after you see it.

Too bad you didn't get to meet them but at least you saw them! Jealous of that. Did people around Cambridge back then know what they were seeing?

fdchief218

I think I commented on this earlier - possibly on one of the Peter Jackson/JRR Tolkien posts? - but while I'm not familiar enough with Travers' work to get a sense of how "skewed" it is by the filmed version I did see this happen with Cressida Cowell's "How To Train Your Dragon" series.

Being exposed to the film version first has made it "canon" for my kids who, like a lot of kids, have very, VERY fixed ideas about what is and isn't "the real (insert title of story here)". As a result they have been consistently unwilling to embrace the stories. They don't like the differences between the original characters and their film avatars, they REALLY don't like the Gibbs/Cowell illustrations (having been domesticated to the more pasteurized Dreamworks versions), and they find the tales too meandering and obtuse for their tastes.

So the film has effectively hijacked Cowell's story; to my kids she doesn't get either to "finish it" her way, or even TELL it her way. They see HER as the hijacker, as the plagarist, as the writer of fanfic of a story that in their minds belongs to Sanders and DeBlois who directed the film.

So I guess I can understand Travers' "no, no, no" more having watched this happening with the Cowell book. Travers knew that Uncle Walt wasn't really going to "finish the story" but lift it out, rework it, and then retell it in ways that she hadn't thought of and wouldn't care for.

He did, and she didn't, and from all reports died "loving no one and loved by no one", an odd sort of end for the notional creator of the beloved magic nanny...

Lance Mannion

fdchief218, it was on the previous Saving Mr Banks post, In the matter of Travers v. Disney, and it's a good point that I've been meaning to respond to with another post. I'll get to work.

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