BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack for Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" and the "Saving Mr. Banks" 2-Disc Deluxe Edition on December 10, 2013. Thomas Newman composed and conducted the original score. "Saving Mr. Banks" will release in U.S. theaters on December 13, 2013, limited, and open wide on December 20, 2013.
One of the most respected film composers, Newman has scored over 50 films. He has been nominated for ten Academy Awards with nine in the Best Original Score category for "The Shawshank Redemption," "Little Women," "Unsung Heroes," "American Beauty," "Road to Perdition," "Finding Nemo," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "The Good German," "Wall-E," and "Skyfall." Newman won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for The Living Proof from "The Help."
Newman said, "The rare opportunity of writing music for a movie about the making of Mary Poppins was impossible to ignore. The fact that it could provide emotional content in relief of the struggles that the Sherman brothers and Walt Disney endured was reason enough to take on the challenge. Like the story itself, the music is at times joyous and hopeful and other times, full of despair and nagging regret. All by way of England and America in 1961, with stops along the way to rural Australia in 1906. What more could anyone ask for...?"
The soundtrack also features the songs "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and "Let's Go Fly a Kite" performed by Jason Schwartzman (as Richard Sherman) and B.J. Novak (as Robert Sherman) as they 'demo' the songs for P. L. Travers. Richard Sherman served as Music Consultant for the film.
Director John Lee Hancock said, "The songs are so terrific. The fact that we still hum them and sing them and know them immediately speaks to the genius of the Sherman brothers."
First released in 1964, the Mary Poppins original motion picture soundtrack featured 14 original songs by legendary Disney songwriters and composers Richard and Robert Sherman. The soundtrack was the #1 album for 14 consecutive weeks in 1965, maintaining the #1 position that year longer than the Beatles (Beatles' 65, Beatles VI, and the Help! soundtrack), Elvis Presley (Roustabout soundtrack), The Rolling Stones (Out of Our Heads) and The Sound of Music soundtrack. The Mary Poppins film garnered 13 Academy Award® nominations and won five Oscars®, two of which the Sherman brothers received for "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and the film's original musical score.
Showcasing the musical talents of Oscar®-winning legend Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins), beloved actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke (Bert), British comedian David Tomlinson (Mr. Banks) and the Sherman brothers, the second disc revisits five unforgettable favorites including "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "Feed The Birds." Also included are four previously unreleased pre-demo recordings performed by the Sherman brothers: "The Pearly Song [Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious]," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Tuppence a Bag [Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)]" and "Let's Go Fly a Kite."
Richard Sherman added, "Walt loved that song, 'Feed the Birds.' He knew that was the keynote of what we had in 'Mary Poppins,' the message that it doesn't take much to give love. And that's what Bob and I were saying without saying it in those words. It doesn't cost much to buy a bag of bread crumbs. We had touched Walt with this very spiritual note. Every once in a while, he would call us up and say play that. He didn't even have to say, "Feed the Birds.' He would say play it and we would go to his office and play it for him."
About "Saving Mr. Banks"
Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen.
When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise—one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Disney presents "Saving Mr. Banks," directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Christine Langan, Andrew Mason and Troy Lum. The film will release in U.S. theaters on December 13, 2013, limited, and open wide on December 20, 2013.
The Saving Mr. Banks original motion picture soundtrack and Saving Mr. Banks 2-Disc Deluxe Edition will be available wherever music is sold on December 10, 2013. Pre-orders are now available at iTunes (http://smarturl.it/smba1) and Amazon (http://smarturl.it/smbAmazona1). For more information on Walt Disney Records' releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan at Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic. To purchase Disney music, please visit www.disneymusicstore.com .
SAVING MR. BANKS 2-DISC DELUXE EDITION TRACK LIST
1. Chim Chim Cher-ee (East Wind) Dialog by Colin Farrell
2. Travers Goff
3. Walking Bus
4. One Mint Julep Performed by Ray Charles
5. Uncle Albert
7. The Mouse
8. Leisurely Stroll
9. Chim Chim Cher-ee (Responstible) Performed by Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak with Dialog by Emma Thompson
10. Mr. Disney
11. Celtic Soul
12. A Foul Fowl
13. Mrs. P. L. Travers
14. Laying Eggs
15. Worn to Tissue
16. Heigh-Ho Performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
18. Impertinent Man
19. To My Mother
20. Westerly Weather
21. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Performed by Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak with Dialog by Emma Thompson
22. Spit Spot!
23. Beverly Hills Hotel
26. Let's Go Fly a Kite Performed by Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Bradley Whitford, Melanie Lawson and Emma Thompson
29. The Magic Kingdom
30. Ginty My Love
31. Saving Mr. Banks (End Title)
Original Music Composed and Conducted by Thomas Newman
Soundtrack Produced by Thomas Newman and Bill Bernstein
Mary Poppins Pre-Demo Recordings
1. The Pearly Song [Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious] Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
2. Chim Chim Cher-ee Performed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
3. Tuppence a Bag [Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)] Performed by Richard M. Sherman
4. Let's Go Fly a Kite Performed by Richard M. Sherman
Mary Poppins Soundtrack Recordings
5. A Spoonful of Sugar Performed by Julie Andrews
6. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Performed by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke
7. Chim Chim Cher-ee Performed by Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber
8. Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) Performed by Julie Andrews
9. Let's Go Fly a Kite Performed by David Tomlinson, Dick Van Dyke and The Londoners
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Published by Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI). Copyright Renewed. All Rights Reserved.
Restoration and Compilation Producer: Randy Thornton
Maria Kleinman -- Walt Disney Records/ Disney Music Group Publicity
SOURCE Walt Disney Records