These days, it’s rare that a movie has you in a happy-go-lucky mood when you walk out of the movie theater. (And, if you’re like me, you’ll end up Googling for behind-the-scenes and making-of info as soon as you get home.) Saving Mr. Banks was that kind of movie for me. I laughed. I cried. I sang along. I “aww”ed and “oh no”ed. Simply put… it easily earned a spot in my list of favorite movies.
As I’ve probably mentioned several times, I come from a family of Disney lovers. Really, I can’t accurately put into words how my family feels about Disney. Since before I was born, my family went to Disney World for vacation at least once a year, and to this day, it’s still my favorite place to go on vacation. It just never gets old. Not only do I feel completely and utterly relaxed when we’re there, I also love the “Disney way” of doing things. Everything is done so well – right down to the slightest detail. Being a details person, I just love it.
That being said, it’s no surprise that I adored this movie so much. It really wasn’t at all what I expected (in a good way), and it’s still a film any Disney fan would love and appreciate.
I’ve always been drawn to mid century modern furniture – maybe because I think I should have lived during I Love Lucy days – but the set of Saving Mr. Banks made me fall in love with it even more. The set designer (Susan Benjamin) was out of this world kinds of good and pegged the “Disney-inspired mid century vibe” perfectly.
The still above makes me laugh because you can see Dolly in the background happily getting ready to serve a huge tray of sweets to the writing team. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what happens next, haha. Also, I totally wish desk chairs like those were still easy to find. I want one!
The scenes in Walt’s office are some of my favorites because of all of the memorabilia and hidden Easter eggs here and there (like the seven miniature Oscars for Snow White’s dwarves, blueprints for Disney World in Orlando laying around and the framed Mary Blair artwork).
And you can’t have a movie about the making of Mary Poppins without the Sherman Brothers. Through the years, they wrote the music for films such as The Parent Trap (another favorite of mine), The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Richard Sherman served as a consultant for the film and has some great stories to tell about working with Walt Disney that are featured on the DVD extras.
Fruit Basket (hold the pears) / Wood + Burlap Slat Pendant
Vintage Mary Poppins Poster / Taylor Love Seat (in Kelin Sunny)
Record Player / Walnut Table Lamp / Cole Chair
Steinway Upright Piano / Vintage TV
Kettle Desk Phone / Mary Blair Artwork
Now it’s your turn, what’s your favorite TV or movie set? Ever wish you lived in a different era? All movie stills from here.