Until now, no actor (or animatronic, for that matter) has ever attempted to impersonate Walt Disney in a feature film. That’s all changed, as Disneyland fans can now glimpse the company’s faux founder (in the form of Oscar-winner Tom Hanks) as featured in the newly-released trailer for Saving Mr. Banks.
The Disney-produced film tells the lightly-fictionalization of Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson) and her early-60s visit to Los Angeles, when Walt convinced her to grant the movie rights to her “practically perfect” nanny. In the film (as in reality) Travers is demanding enough about the use of her creations to give J.K. Rowling a run for her money, which proves stressful for Walt and his creative crew (including the songwriting Sherman Brothers, played by Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak).
The movie will be released this Christmas, but you can get some tantalizing glimpses of the Walt Disney Studios (including Walt’s office) and the Disneyland park itself, lovingly restored (through set decoration, carefully costumed extras, and a bit of CGI pixie dust) to its early-60s appearance.
What is your take on this upcoming release? Will you be running to the theater, or sitting this one out? Watch the trailer, then leave your thoughts in the comments below.