“Mr. Banks” Reveals the Answers!

You don’t need any additional reviews of a movie other than what you find amongst the Disney communities on Facebook and Twitter.

Below are just a few of the comments regarding “Saving Mr. Banks” that I have seen from amongst our friends over the last few days.  My thanks to those of you whose words I have “borrowed”.  They certainly have sold me on going to see this film!

Saving Mr. Banks

“[I]t was a fantastic movie.  Very moving, and a well told story …”

“Just saw Saving Mr. Banks.  AMAZING movie.  Just take lots of tissues.”  Plus, “Your going to love it.  Bring tissues!”

Or, “What a beautiful movie!”, “I just saw it today and loved it!!”, and “Saving Mr. Banks was brilliant.  We laughed and cried!  Absolutely loved it.”

And, here are some huge tips!  “Hint.  Stay past the credits at the end and they show pics of the real people that were portrayed in the movie.”  Plus, “Stay longer and HEAR the ACTUAL tapes!  Loved it!”

So, having shared all of these glowing recommendations, let’s get back to yesterday’s “business”!  How did you do on our “Poppins Quiz”?

Well, to start, “Mary Poppins” is an American musical film released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution.  It hit the screens in 1964.  You guys nailed that one!  There’s no fooling you!

The next two “challenges” were much, much tougher, however.  For example, “[H]ow many Academy Awards nominations did the movie “Mary Poppins” receive?”  It received 13 Academy Awards nominations.  Of those, it won 5 awards.  This made “Mary Poppins” the most Oscar-nominated Disney film in history!

Of the 5 Oscars that “Mary” pulled in, one of them was for Best Song.  As much as I wanted to say it was for “A Spoonful of Sugar”, it was not.  The movie won for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”.  Right on target, that was your most-popular response!  Great work, my friends!

If you’ve already seen “Saving Mr. Banks”, please leave a comment with your thoughts.  What was it like to see “Walt” live and in action?!

“Solving” Mr. Banks?

I’m figuring that most (all?) of us are quite a bit busier than usual for the next few days, so I thought it would be best to keep myself short and simple today.

What to do?  What to do?  Oh, I know!  Even though we’re swamped in eggnog and buried under an avalanche of Christmas cookies, most of us have been able to sneak a few hours to run out and see Walt Disney’s adaptation of the novel, Mary Poppins, written by P. L. Travers.

Mary Poppins - Book

The opportunity to see “Walt Disney” live and in action (even though only as a character played by renowned actor Tom Hanks) has to be a thrilling prospect for any of us in the “Disney-sphere”.  Have you been able to go and enjoy this bit of Walt’s life as yet?  Was it good?

In the spirit of “Saving Mr. Banks”, and from the “world” of Mary Poppins, here’s a trio of trivia to keep you entertained!  Enjoy!

Mary Poppins is an American musical film released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in __________.


To this point, “Saving Mr. Banks” hasn’t pulled in many award-nominations.  Actress Emma Thompson has been recognized for her portrayal of P.L. Travers.  Tom Hanks has been “shut out”.  By comparison, how many Academy Awards nominations did the movie “Mary Poppins” receive?


Finally, “Mary Poppins” was filled with fabulous songs.  Which of these memorable tunes won the Academy Award for Best Song?


Memories of Yesterday – Innovations of the Future

A month or so ago, I reported that Mrs. All in WDW and I visited the Odyssey Center in Epcot located between Test Track and World Showcase in order to convert our paper annual passes into the new, RFID-enabled ones of a plastic variety.  What I didn’t mention is that, while we were there, we were treated to a …

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