No Oscar For “Saving Mr. Banks” :(

What was the Academy thinking with No Oscar nomination for “Saving Mr. Banks” as best picture or even any of the award winning actors?

First and foremost, this is a must see film IF you like movies with a deeper message and endings that make sense.   The message to mankind is riveting between the lines in the hurt that many feel with relationships gone awry.

micky &walt2 Aaron Corbeil

Disney Photos by Aaron Corbeil

The big issue with the Academy is probably the “Hollywood Spin” or “Disney Touch” that was put in the storyline.  Based on a true story some of the details were modified to create a better film than the true story.  It’s what Hollywood does….. manufacturer movies that draw the viewer in and create love/hate relationships with the characters.  HELLO…. it’s Hollywood that what they do!  MAKE UP STORIES!  

The Academy shunned the message and the actors which is which is so very sad.

With a venture over to Amazon for the digital original version of “Mary Poppin”s it was interesting  to connect the dots. The first sentence is…East Wind  “If you want to find Cherry Tree Lane……..”  P.L. Travers describes the street with flowers as “pink clouds on sticks”  Disney did capture that in the film and made it look like the fairytale street she described on the opening pages of the book.

Cherry tree lane Pink clouds on sticks

All our lives are a story…. whether the East Winds are blowing or not. We do have the ability to “adjust our sails’ to set the course right no matter what history has been. It is a choice each day.  P. L. Travers chose to live in her book and cherished the memories she had as a child.  Walt Disney chose to shut out childhood memories to create his own world. This movie shows how human defense mechanisms kick in to  protect consciousness and the bigger lesson from watching someone else handles probelms shows how coping skills can be different for everyone based on their own thinking and backgrounds.  

Original Marry Poppins book by P. L. Travers

“Saving Mr. Banks” is about the content of the red book above “Mary Poppins” and the volatile relationship between the author and the screen rights purchased by Walt Disney.  Mary Poppins was written by Helen Lyndon Goff in 1934 with the pen name of P. L. Travers, Pamela Lyndon Goff, which is a combination of her name with her Father’s, Travers Goff.  The book was turned into a film and finally produced by Disney in 1964 as the movie “Mary Poppins.”

Walt Disney is played by Tom Hanks and P.L. Travers played by Emma Thompson.  Emma Thompson was cheated with no Oscar nomination for her award winning performance in “Saving Mr. Banks.”  She takes the viewer to a place of anxiety, love, devotion and depression in the 126 minutes of run time.  The viewer is confused with the character not knowing if you should love her or hate her in this should be oscar nomination performance.

1934 First Edition on Amazon for $898.00  is available and a more reasonable version to bid on e-bay for $29.00 if you are interested!   The kindle copy of P.L. Travers “Mary Poppins” for $4.95 worked well for comparing the original story with the movie Disney created.

The film and the journey itself was like a therapy session for both Walt Disney and P.L. Traverse.  Walt Disney finally came to realize that Pamela was struggling with letting go of “Mary Poppins” as it had been her defense mechanism for 60 years in dealing with her past. He realized that “Mary Poppins” was FAMILY to her, similar to his vision with Mickey Mouse.  A “man and his mouse” resulted in the evolution of Disneyland, the “Happiest place on earth.”  Disney’s epiphany helped him  communicate with Pamela and for her to let go so she could help others feel her wonderful “Mary Poppins” message on the big screen.

Photo by Aaron Corbeil

Photo by Aaron Corbeil

Pamela’s dad left her with ideas that made her think.  He said “This world is just an illusion. Don’t stop dreaming you can be anyone you want to be.” He had trouble with a barometer between the future, the past and today.  The movie may bring you to tears as the real story behind the song “Let’s go fly a kite”  exudes emotion that will touch the viewer in very personal places.

Disney had his issues with being a victim of child abuse but that did not stop him from creating stories that inspired and gave hope. His work was not dictated by the past which he shared with Pamela.  He told her that “George Banks will be redeemed.  It’s what we story tellers do.  We restore hope again, and again, and again.”

No Oscar for “Saving Mr. Banks” because the storyline was “sugar coated.”  Just like the  like the song in the “Mary Poppins” movie “A spoon full of Sugar helps the medicine go down”  the Disney spin, made the storyline easier to digest while addressing some serious concepts.

The film did include:

  1. Alcoholism
  2. Money
  3. Foreclosure
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Child Abuse
  6. Depression
  7. Suicide

The Best picture list included subject matter that is dark and presented with no sugar at all.  Same subjects different presentation.  Fraud, alcoholism, dementia, AIDS, death, kidnapping, slavery, political corruption are topping the Best Picture list.  “Saving Mr. Banks” covered many or those topics in a softer way.

The 2014 Oscars will be live, Sunday March2, 2014  7pm EST and 4pm PST

Disney photos by Aaron Corbiel tell the story of a man, a mouse and his dream!

Today we are in a world of “story telling” through images and social media.  “Saving Mr. Banks,” is a must see film to give courage, to inspire and tell a story!

Photo by Aaron Corbeil

Photo by Aaron Corbeil



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