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Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Way Cool Saving Mr. Banks Movie Poster

Disney's Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers isn't scheduled to hit the theaters until December 13 of this year. But this past week Disney rolled out the official poster used to promote the movie - and it is one of Disney's best, and for Disney geeks, it may be worth seeking out to to put on some wall in your home. Certainly the simple figures of Hanks and Thompson may not seem like much but glancing down, you can see the rather large and magical shadows the two cast with Mary Poppins, a Disney classic (although admittedly, a movie I did not care for).

The movie centers around Disney, the forever creative pitch man, trying to obtain the rights from the somewhat difficult author of Mary Poppins and the author in turn seeing the creation of her classic book through the eyes of Walt Disney and the reflections of the relationship she had with her own father....or something like that.

In light of the massive failure of Disney's The Lone Ranger, one would hope there is great success with Saving Mr. Banks, a movie made for about a quarter of the cost of the disastrous western. Saving Mr. Banks just may be the kind of movie Disney needs to make more of and give up on these out of this world, shoot for the moon attempts at blockbusters which now have fallen like scuds from the sky on multiple occasions over the last few years.

Think Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, TRON: Legacy, John Carter, and now The Lone Ranger - boom, boom, a small boom, boom, boom.... Disney really needs to rethink their movies and move away from the high risk for potential high reward model because failure leads to ridicule of a company founded on great movies. Let's hope greatness returns with Saving Mr. Banks.

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