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Saving Mr. Banks
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford

Co-Produced by:
Randy Thornton
Bill Bernstein
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Walt Disney Records
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(December 10th, 2013)
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All albums are regular commercial releases. The "Regular Edition" is available digitally in America and on CD internationally.
Nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you long for another fleeting return by Thomas Newman to the brightly sentimental harmonies and more conventional instrumental techniques of his early career successes.

Avoid it... if you demand an even-keeled listening experience, the wildly disparate, evolving emotions of the main character in this film, as well as the enthusiasm conveyed for the movie industry, all together forcing Newman to employ a wide range of tones in a way that doesn't compete with the plentiful, famous source material.
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WRITTEN 1/2/14
Saving Mr. Banks: (Thomas Newman) Given how tightly controlled the Disney universe is about depictions of itself, it's a pleasure to witness the relatively smooth development of Saving Mr. Banks, a sentimental 2013 telling of author P. L. Travers' childhood, how it relates to her famous story for Mary Poppins, and the wooing of the rights to that tale by Walt Disney himself. Fortunately, current Disney executives decided to co-produce the Australian-led development of the film, opting after some consideration not to buy the script simply with the intent to squash it. With Tom Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers, Saving Mr. Banks follows parallel storylines, using her painful haggling over the evolution of Mary Poppins on screen to convey flashbacks about the troublesome childhood that plagued her all her life. Even though Travers eventually acquiesced to Disney to the extent that the famous 1964 film could be made, she remained disdainful of the adaptation thereafter. Her objections to the animation portions of Saving Mr. Banks in particular caused so such animosity that when she, in the 1990's, agreed to allow the 2004 stage adaptation of the musical to be made, she explicitly refused to allow even the Sherman Brothers, who wrote the music for Mary Poppins and were still active, to provide additional new music. All of this strife supplied the drama for Saving Mr. Banks, to which critics responded positively, yielding significant consideration from awards groups for the movie. There's something comforting about the fact that Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and Richard M. Sherman were still alive at the time this 2013 film debuted, Robert B. Sherman having passed away just the year prior. It's a challenging film in many regards, Travers never accepting what was clearly a classic film that correctly overrode her objections, and for its soundtrack the 2013 story was provided by veteran musical chameleon Thomas Newman. Clearly, not only was the music of the Sherman brothers utilized in this picture, but the composers themselves were major characters. With Mary Poppins music wafting through this film almost constantly, Newman was faced with a challenging proposition: writing a functional, self-contained score without attempting to compete with the Sherman tunes in any way. To accomplish this task, Newman avoided any adaptation of those melodies into his own material, instead pointing his music at the primary characters themselves, Travers' personality in particular. Given the totally disjointed realms of existence separating the author from the final film, this choice is an extremely effective one. Still, there is enough source application of the Sherman songs for Mary Poppins (mostly in development) to ground the soundtrack in the proper place.

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Regular Edition Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:55
• 1. Chim Chim Cher-ee (East Wind) - performed by Colin Farrell (1:04)
• 2. Travers Goff (2:06)
• 3. Walking Bus (2:10)
• 4. One Mint Julep - performed by Ray Charles (1:31)
• 5. Uncle Albert (1:34)
• 6. Jollification (1:18)
• 7. The Mouse (0:57)
• 8. Leisurely Stroll (1:34)
• 9. Chim Chim Cher-ee (Responstible) - performed by Emma Thompson, B.J. Novak, and Jason Schwartzman (0:26)
• 10. Mr. Disney (0:35)
• 11. Celtic Soul (1:20)
• 12. A Foul Fowl (2:04)
• 13. Mrs. P. L. Travers (1:16)
• 14. Laying Eggs (1:08)
• 15. Worn to Tissue (0:54)
• 16. Heigh-Ho - performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet (2:11)
• 17. Whiskey (1:21)
• 18. Impertinent Man (0:38)
• 19. To My Mother (3:44)
• 20. Westerly Weather (1:56)
• 21. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - performed by Emma Thompson, B.J. Novak, and Jason Schwartzman (0:05)
• 22. Spit Spot! (1:49)
• 23. Beverly Hills Hotel (0:38)
• 24. Penguins (1:18)
• 25. Pears (0:55)
• 26. Let's Go Fly a Kite - performed by Bradley Whitford, Emma Thompson, B.J. Novak, Jason Schwartzman, and Melanie Lawson (1:55)
• 27. Maypole (0:59)
• 28. Forgiveness (2:00)
• 29. The Magic Kingdom (1:05)
• 30. Ginty My Love (3:12)
• 31. Saving Mr. Banks (End Title) (2:12)
Deluxe Edition Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 69:26

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The insert of the "Regular Edition" includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the "Deluxe Edition" contains a list of performers and a lengthy note about the film and songs from Mary Poppins restoration producer Randy Thornton, but oddly nothing about the Newman score.
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