Dear Tom Hanks…. #SavingMrBanks

by Carrie with Children with 12 comments

Dear Tom Hanks –

Months ago when I heard that you were playing Walt Disney in the upcoming film, Saving Mr. Banks, I have to admit I was a little unsure.  I mean, who could ever possibly portray a legend like Mr. Disney? This is the first film to ever depict Mr. Disney himself.  Would they get it right?

And then I saw this…..

And I cried.  Just in that short three minutes, I knew you were meant to be. You were perfect. Not once did I see Joe Fox from Fox Books (You’ve Got Mail), or Forrest (Forrest Gump) and I didn’t even hear Woody from Toy Story – I saw Walt Disney himself in you. In true Disney fashion, it was magical.

There’s no shame in my game, I have watched the Saving Mr. Banks every day since it was released. And I’ve cried (almost) every time.  I’m counting down the days until the movie is in theaters on December 20th. I’ll be the girl with a box of tissues.

Just as Walt Disney hoped to bring Mary Poppins to the big screen, you’ve done the same with Walt Disney for millions of fans.

Saving Mr Banks

P.L. Travers was hesitant to let go of her beloved Mary Poppins (notice I didn’t just call her Mary) and I was hesitant to let go of my internal vision of *who* Walt Disney was as a person. His mannerisms, his words and the magic that he instilled in others, but you didn’t let me down.

Thank you for being true to the heart and soul of Walt Disney.  This recently released sneak peek is just the beginning of magical things for Saving Mr. Banks…. and I’ll be following along the entire way.


An everyday Mom with a love for all things Disney

PS.  If you need a date to the premiere, just let me know – I’ll share my tissues with you.


Learn More About Saving Mr. Banks 

Be sure to “Like” SAVING MR. BANKS on Facebook and follow along on Twitter at @DisneyPictures.

SAVING MR. BANKS opens in theaters limited on December 13, 2013 and opens wide on December 20, 2013!


** I received no compensation for this post. I’m extremely excited about this movie and I felt like Tom Hanks needed to know. **


  • The Mom Jen

    Tom Hanks is pretty phenomenal in everything he does, he’s magic!

  • Daisy

    I love Tom Hanks. He totally rocks every movie that he is in. I definitely want to check this out and I bet that I will be able to talk my entire family into seeing it!

    • Carrie with Children

      I totally agree with you, Daisy. He’s never made a bad movie. I’m so excited to see this one in a few months!

  • Emily

    Tom hanks is such a great actor. I love your disclaimer, by the way. hehe 🙂

    • Carrie with Children

      Ha – I was hoping someone would notice the disclaimer! 🙂 Extra high five for you!

  • Chrysa

    I can’t wait to see this movie! I have been fascinated with Walt Disney since I did a research paper about his life when I was in the 9th grade. I can’t wait to see how Tom Hanks portrays him!

    • Carrie with Children

      Oh, Chrysa – what a great topic for a research paper! I’ve always been fascinated by him too! Can’t wait for December!

  • Mama to 5 BLessings

    I like Tom Hanks, this looks like a movie I would enjoy.

    • Carrie with Children

      I love him! So excited to see more of this movie!

  • di

    you made me cry just reading this, I felt like it was me talking…I feel exactly the same way. For some reason I treasure the whole image of Walt as if he was part of my family…I really cant think of another one much perfect than Tom Hanks…I cant stop crying I get so emotional.
    I really hope that mr hanx read your blog.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks for reading, Di. Sorry I made you cry! I just love the match of Walt Disney being played by Tom Hanks! Glad you agree with me too!