In the upcoming movie Saving Mr. Banks, Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney during the development of Mary Poppins. In one scene, he takes Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to Disneyland. Hanks took his granddaughter to the happiest place on earth while filming there, and thought everything would go well.
“An interesting thing happens as a grandparent, that you see no reason whatsoever that your granddaughter shouldn’t be delighted to take a ride on The Winnie the Pooh Adventure,” Hanks told reporters at a press conference this weekend. “It’s Winnie the Pooh, it’s fun, it’s Pooh Bear, it’s Kanga and Roo and Owl, it’s Christopher Robin, it’s going to be a blast. She’s going to remember this the rest of her life, her ride on Winnie the Pooh’s Great Adventure.”
Things did not go as Hanks planned, he revealed. “My granddaughter was terrified by the noise, the big spinning bears. She’ll now be haunted for the rest of her days by this first image of Winnie the Pooh in a loud, short, herky jerky ride that her grandfather forced her to do on the day he played Walt Disney in Disneyland. That is just a sample of the fantastic job I do as a grandparent, thank you.”
Saving Mr. Banks opens December 20.