Free Saving Mr. Banks eBook on iBooks
December 15, 2013

To promote Saving Mr. Banks, Disney has created a free digital making-of book covering the story behind the film. Saving Mr. Banks stars Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, who has to talk the curmudgeonly woman into letting him turn her story into an animated musical.

P.L. Travers profile from Saving Mr. Banks ebook

P.L. Travers profile from Saving Mr. Banks ebook

Available on Apple’s iBooks, the book includes

  • a foreword by Richard Sherman, who with his brother Robert wrote the songs for Mary Poppins
  • photos from this movie as well as Mary Poppins
  • real-life photos and background on Disney, Travers, and the Sherman Brothers
  • video featurettes, like this one about the film’s music or one about Tom Hanks’ role
  • quotes from the actors and director, John Lee Hancock
  • a Disney movie timeline
  • replicas of key documents, such as music scores and letters from Disney
  • audio clips of demo recordings of the Shermans’ songs and Travers’ discussions with Disney staff
  • production artwork and storyboards from Mary Poppins
  • footage and photos of the movie’s 1964 premiere

It’s all white-washed, of course, but for those who love Mary Poppins, it’s a great behind-the-scenes glimpse. Disney has even made a trailer for this digital book release:

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