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Star Movies Select HD celebrates Walt Disney with two movies

MUMBAI: On Walt Disney’s 114th birthday this month, Star Movies Select HD will showcase ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ and ‘Mary Poppins’ on its initiative ‘Select Sundays: A Tribute to Walt Disney’.

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ will air at 1 pm and ‘Mary Poppins’ will air at 3 pm on 13 December.

Spurred on by a promise he made to his daughters, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) embarks on what would become a 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to “Mary Poppins.” The author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), proves to be an uncompromising curmudgeon who has no intention of letting her beloved characters become mangled in the Hollywood machine.

However, when the books stop selling and she finds herself in need of money, Travers reluctantly agrees to consider Disney’s proposition. Viewers can experience the extraordinary true story of how Marry Poppins took flight to ultimately make it one of the most endearing films in cinematic history, in ‘Saving Mr. Banks’.

Directed by Robert Stevenson, ‘Mary Poppins’ narrates the story of Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber), the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, who are faced with the prospect of a new nanny.

They are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews). Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents (David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns).