When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. It is only when Walt reaches into his own childhood that he discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Initial release: November 29, 2013 (Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom)
Director: John Lee Hancock
Running time: 126 minutes
Production companies: Walt Disney Pictures, British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Films
Producers: Alison Owen, Philip Steuer, Ian Collie