Interest eagerly spreads in America for the upcoming Christmas 2013 film by Disney called Saving Mr. Banks. We hear in movie trailers that it’s all about Mary Poppins and her creator, but why is the film titled after George Banks, the father of the family Poppins helps in the Great Depression Era stories?
Something is afoul in the family of the author and creator of the magic nanny with the talking umbrella. Something very dark occurred in the childhood of P.L.Travers to make her the snappish spinster seen in the 2013 holiday film. She remained snappish and single until she died at the age of 96 in 2005.
Her father was an alcoholic and sadly, a stereotpyical Irish alcoholic. He was also a banker who many say bamboozled the public. That is why he is George Banks the banker instead of Travers Goff in the childrens’ book series and 1964 Disney film.
Poppins is supposed to fix Banks by teaching him a lesson. Unfortunatly, Goff was never fixed, not did he try to fix himself. He died when his daughter Helen (P.L. Travers) was only age 7.
Amateur psychoanalyses aside, Helen became P.L.Travers to act on the stage. She was lonely and abandoned (her mother ran away when Dad died and came back), and made up stories for her two sisters. The story Mary Poppins is based on some real person and we hope that the 2013 film with Tom Hanks as Walt Disney tells us who that nanny is. We do know that Travers Goff was raked over the coals every day by a nasty nanny in his own childhood.
Interestingly, Emma Thompson plays both P.L. Travers and Nanny McPhee, McPhee being a character like a much nicer Poppins that given un in the book series. The Poppins of the silly but entertaining 1964 film looks ludicrous beside McPhee.
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