Bert: “What did I tell ya? There’s the whole world at your feet. And who gets to see it but the birds, the stars, and the chimney sweeps…”
-Mary Poppins, 1964
Photography and editing: Yasin Häydi
“Well, I thought he (Walt Disney) hired me because I was such a great singer and dancer. As it turns out, he had heard me in an interview talking about what was happening to family entertainment. I was decrying the fact that it seemed like no holds were barred anymore in entertainment… He knew about the ‘Van Dyke Show’ about our little sitcom, but that’s why he called me in, because I said something he agreed with. And I got the part.” — Dick Van Dyke
HOMAGE TO FRANK THOMAS
Frank Thomas was one of Walt Disney’s team of animators known as the Nine Old Men.
He was a Disney Legend, and did quite a team when paired with Milt Kahl in scenes such as the witchcraft duel in The Sword in the Stone or the I Wanna Be Like You scene in The Jungle Book.
He was best friends with fellow animator Ollie Johnston and created lovable and transcendent characters and scenes like the ones above, thus creating a spot for him in the history of animation for which he will always be remembered.
Saving Mr. Banks
This Disney film is currently in a pre-production stage and will be directed by The Blind Side director, John Lee Hancock. With screenplay wrote by Kelly Marcel, it narrates a behind-the-scenes and all it took for Walt Elias Disney to convince the australian author P.L Travers, creator of the character of Mary Poppins, to sell him the rights in order for him to make the oscar-winning film that premiered in 1964.
Tom Hanks (Toy Story) will be playing
THE MAN Walt Disney, whereas Traver will be played by Emma Thompson (Brave), adding the figures of Colin Farrel and Paul Giamatti. A special participation of Julie Andrews is rumored to happen but is yet to be confirmed.
The screenplay is based in the close relationship between Travers and her characters, created from several experiences and emotions of the author herself, who suffered from a dificult childhood, including the premature death of her father. Walt finally was able to convince her to make the film, but she always disliked and resented the outcome, despite all its success with public and critics. She refused to sell he right for the rest of her novels after that.
The studios have not confirmed a release date yet.
My Top 12 Disney Songs
I couldn’t decide on just 10, so here are the twelve. It was quite hard for me to choose, as I have over 580 disney songs on my iTunes that I absolutely love. But people asked me, and here they are!
PS: Part of your World and One Jump Ahead (as you can tell by the screen cap) are the reprise ones. I always like the reprise much more, as I have said many times in the past :)
PS2: I think my preference for Alan Menken is quite noticeable, right? GUILTY I know
The other Disney Princesses
Who’s to say who is an official Disney princess and who’s not? Show these ladies some love! They fought for what they believed in and got us to fall in love with their stories and them.