A Daughter’s Love For Her Father, Movie About Walt Disney And Mary Poppins

This is a universal truth that fathers have a very special relationship with their daughters. Daughters are their little princess and playmates. Some of them are sharing Celtic souls. This is a story about a daughter’s love for her father, a movie about Walt Disney and Mary Poppins.

To her Highness little princess, the fathers are a very wise person, a hero or a superhero who can do everything. As a result, when fathers suggest their little girl, “don’t you ever stop dreaming”, “you can be anyone you want to be”, their little princess answer, out of a deep love mixed with a deeper believe for their beloved father, “ I want to be just like you”.

But who can deny reality? Even a very little child can’t do it. In our real life, some of our beloved fathers, whom we dreamed of to become like themselves, are not really like what we think about they are! Some of them are the failure in family life badly. Instead of giving a promise to their little princess that they’ll fix everything, some fathers left silently keep behind all the things unfixed, to the land from where nobody returns.

A girl, once beloved deeply by her father can’t deny two realities:
First, her father is not like what she thinks about him; and
Second, she’ll love her father forever, whatever her father is, it doesn’t matter.

During recall the memories from the past, sweet memories come along with bitter ones. To save her father from all bitter experiences, the little princess made up something in her mind by her own imagination that can fix the things her father promise to her to be fixed. This imagination is magic.

By the British author, P.L. Travers, “Mary Poppins” is a magical series of eight books, about nanny Mary Poppins, who in and out by a window, to fix the haphazard things and to save a father, Mr Banks.

A quintessential English nanny, Mary Poppins is a slightly stern but caring woman, who uses magic and self-control to take care of the Banks children. She is usually identifiable by her sensible hat and parrot umbrella which she brings with her wherever she goes on outings. She is kind towards the children but can be firm when needed. She is “practically perfect in every way.”Wikipedia

Author P. L. Travers was very firm about Mary Poppins‘ appearance in the novel’s illustrations, working closely with illustrator Mary Shepard to create an image of the character. Eventually, they based Mary Poppins‘ appearance on that of a Dutch doll: tall and bony, with short black hair, large blue eyes, a snub nose, and a prim, pursed mouth.

This series is a gift to children literature and is a tribute to the author’s beloved father Travers Robert Goff, a tribute to a father from her daughter, a sign of very deep love and Celtic soul sharing a relationship. Mary Poppins series is published by HarperCollins, London and Harcourt, Brace, New York, the period of 1934-1988.

Mary Poppins series contains eight books, namely, “Mary Poppins”, “Mary Poppins Comes Back”, “Mary Poppins Opens the Door”, “Mary Poppins in the Park”, “Mary Poppins from A to Z”, “Mary Poppins in the Kitchen”, ”Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane”, “Mary Poppins and the House Next Door”.

The characters of Mary Poppins are namely Mr Dawes Senior, Michael Banks, Winifred Banks, George Banks, Bert, Katie Nanna, Ellen, Jane Banks, Mrs Brill, Uncle Albert, The Constable, Admiral Boom and many more.

Now the story turns to a movie about Walt Disney and Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins comes to the movie by Walt Disney Pictures in 1964 with the same name, starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns and others.

In the film version, Mary Poppins is a young woman, with an air of grace and elegance about her. Travers originally objected to the casting of Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, claiming Andrews was too attractive for the role; however, upon meeting Andrews in person for the first time, Travers allegedly examined the actress for a few moments before conceding, “Well, you have the nose for it.” Wikipedia

Movie About Walt Disney And Mary Poppins
Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as Bert. Photograph: AP

Mary Poppins was released on August 27, 1964, to critical acclaim. It received a total of 13 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture – a record for any other film released by Walt Disney Studios – and won five: Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”.

In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Mary Poppins is considered Walt Disney’s crowning live-action achievement and is the only film that earned a Best Picture nomination in his lifetime. – Wikipedia

A movie about Walt Disney and Mary Poppins doesn’t end here. The story behind making the movie is as interesting as the movie itself. It was not an easy task. After 20 years of persuasion of the author P.L. Travers by Walt Disney himself for the film rights of Mary Poppins, Walt Disney, at last, was successful to make the movie.

2013’s period drama film “Saving Mr Banks” reveals the story. One of the most acclaimed British actress Emma Thompson acted heart touchingly as author P.L. Travers and our favourite actor Tom Hanks as a soft and never give up hope type loving father in the role of Walt Disney. Who once promised his daughters that he would produce a film based on them and he did it, although it takes a lot of time.
But once again Mr Walt Disney proved that a father can do anything for his little princess.

And the author P.L. Travers also proved, a beloved daughter can also express her love for her father by never left him behind, whoever and whatever he is.

Some nice quotes from “Mary Poppins”:

Open different doors. You may find a you there that you never knew was yours.

Why complicate things that are really quite simple?

Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin’ is brewin’ and about to begin. Can’t put my finger on what lies in store, but I fear what’s to happen all happened before.

… Childhood slips like sand through a sieve … and all too soon they’ve up and grown, and then they’ve flown.

About the author:

P. L. travers's "Mary Poppins"

Pamela Lyndon Travers, OBE was an Australian-English writer who spent most of her career in England. She is best known for the Mary Poppins series of children’s books, which feature the magical nanny Mary Poppins. – Wikipedia

P. L. Travers: at a glance

Born Helen Lyndon Goff
9 August 1899
Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
Died 23 April 1996 (aged 96)
London, England
Resting place St Mary the Virgin’s Church, Twickenham, England
Penname P. L. Travers
Occupation Writer, actress, journalist
Nationality Australian-English
Citizenship Australian, British
Genre children’s literature, fantasy
Notable works Mary Poppins book series
Children Camillus Travers Hone

Some other books by the same author:

I Go By Sea, I Go By Land; The fox at the manger; Friend Monkey; About the Sleeping Beauty; Two Pairs of Shoes.