Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in SAVING MR. BANKS (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

3 Reasons to go see ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in SAVING MR. BANKS (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in SAVING MR. BANKS (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Last Friday Disney released Saving Mr. Banks, a film based on the true story of the author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers’ life and the development of the film in the 1960’s. I must admit that although I am a huge fan of Mary Poppins and have seen the film multiple times, I have never bothered to look further into its history. I had no idea it was a book series – I know, I know, allowing movies to dominate my pop culture lexicon over literature – bad. Anyhow, I highly recommend you see this film for three reasons:

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Lessons I (Unintentionally) Learned from Disney Princesses

Disney Princesses (Image Credit: Candace Lindemann)

Disney Princesses (Image Credit: Candace Lindemann)

As a youngster, I recall demanding to wear a big frilly dress and a princess tiara anywhere I went. For my birthday, I wanted a pink unicorn to match my pink poofy dress and rhinestone diadem. Where did all of these silly obsessions and my fascination with all things princess stem from? From Disney movies of course! All little girls (and some little boys) grow up watching Disney movies religiously. The Disney princess stories are romanticized versions of falling in love and living happily ever after. Children (and sometimes adults) wind up dreamily following along as the princesses are swept off of their feet by a knight in shining armor and showered in the kind of wardrobe makeovers that would make a grown woman jealous. Each Disney classic also had a moral to go along with all the love and fashion goodness, and along with a taste for frill I have also picked up a few lessons from Disney films along the way. Continue reading