Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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Corrected entry: Travers Goff and little Ginty are sitting by the river in what appears to be a remote area after she visits him in the bank and yet she is licking a large, perfectly shaped, unmelted ice cream cone.

bnemirow

Correction: I would have to disagree. First, they are living in what was then a small, back-water town that probably has only a a few main streets and is surrounded by little else. A river could be right next to the town. Second, in the shot with the ice cream cone, Ginty and her father are sitting against a tall river bank, and the embankment behind them is too high to see over or any of the surrounding geography, so there is no way to judge if this is a remote area. They could easily have gotten the ice cream and walked a short distance to the river before sitting down. Third, Ginty's ice cream is half-eaten, nearly down to the rim of the cone, its rounded shape is from her having licked it, keeping it from melting all over her hand.

raywest

Corrected entry: When the limo driver first greets Mrs. Travers at the airport, he takes her suitcases, and escorts her to the waiting car. He puts the bags down by the car, helps her in, and drives away without putting the bags in the trunk. Of course, they are somehow in the trunk upon arrival at the hotel.

Correction: That is incorrect. Ralph, the driver is shown opening the door for Travers and then shutting it. The scene immediately cuts to a long view of the limo driving on the highway. The shot never showed Ralph driving the car away from the curb and out of the airport. He would have put the bags into the trunk, but this was not shown.

raywest

Corrected entry: Early in the film, Ms Travers arrives in 1961 Hollywood, and finds that the Disney people had filled her hotel room with stuffed animal versions of Disney characters. Among them is Winnie the Pooh, who would not be a part of the Disney lineup until 1966.

Correction: The "POOH" movie didn't come out until 1966, but Disney obtained the rights from AA Milne in 1961, which is the year Saving Mr. Banks takes place. Disney animators had been working on the Pooh film, drawings and merchandise already, in anticipation of getting those rights. It's no surprise he had Pooh among the gifts as almost an example to Travers as in "see, even Milne trusted me with the care of Pooh".

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