In episode 2 of Coffee with Kurtti, we finish our conversation about the upcoming Disney film Saving Mr. Banks. Jeff talks about what parts already revealed about the production aren’t entirely accurate, and why some of that doesn’t matter. Below is a paraphrased excerpt from our conversation.
Jeff: It’s an interesting story. Mrs. Travers in many ways was a deeply conflicted lady. Her criticisms about the film [Mary Poppins] are not incorrect. At the same time she had a completely lucid understanding of the fact that a film is not a book and a book is not a film.
Keith: I’ve never personally read the books, but I know a lot from reading about them, they’re more based on the father, and she basically based those on her own life, where her father was in fact a banker. But it [her experience] was a little darker, he died young. He became an alcoholic. Obviously without Disney making some adjustments…
Jeff: She knew. And she wrote, “Its chief character is a young woman who arrives apparently from nowhere, and proceeds to impose upon a small, modest, chaotic household her own ideas of order. Having achieved this and in the process introduced the children to a world of magic, she takes off again apparently for nowhere by means of a parrot-headed umbrella. It is as simple as that.” Yes it is. And if that’s what the story is, then Disney stuck exactly to that story.
Keith: I remember hearing about when the Sherman Brothers were plotting out which scenes [from the book] to use for musical numbers. Walt gave the Sherman Brothers a copy of the book, and Walt had his own.
Jeff: Oh yeah.
Jeff goes on in great detail about that event, and how it helped them go from the Sherman Brothers, to The Boys. You can listen to the entire conversation in the player below: