Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Gets His Stoner Detective Groove On In Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Gets His Stoner Detective Groove On In Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ David Fincher Will Direct The Entire First Season Of HBO's 'Utopia' In 2015 David Fincher Will Direct The Entire First Season Of HBO's 'Utopia' In 2015 Brad Pitt Says 'Fury' Co-Star Shia LaBeouf Is "One Of The Best Actors I've Ever Seen" Brad Pitt Says 'Fury' Co-Star Shia LaBeouf Is "One Of The Best Actors I've Ever Seen" First Look: Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult In Drake Doremus’ Sci-Fi Film ‘Equals’ First Look: Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult In Drake Doremus’ Sci-Fi Film ‘Equals’ John Cusack Says Hollywood Is A "Whorehouse" That "Eats Young Actors Up And Spits Them Out" John Cusack Says Hollywood Is A "Whorehouse" That "Eats Young Actors Up And Spits Them Out" New Image From 'Inherent Vice,' Paul Thomas Anderson Completely Changed The Ending From Thomas Pynchon's Book New Image From 'Inherent Vice,' Paul Thomas Anderson Completely Changed The Ending From Thomas Pynchon's Book Why 'You're The Worst' Turned Out To Be The Best TV Show Of The Summer Why 'You're The Worst' Turned Out To Be The Best TV Show Of The Summer Watch: Ellen Page And Kate Mara Are 'Tiny Detectives' In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody Watch: Ellen Page And Kate Mara Are 'Tiny Detectives' In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody New Look: Reese Witherspoon And Joaquin Phoenix In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' New Look: Reese Witherspoon And Joaquin Phoenix In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Review: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens & More Review: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens & More 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood Miles Teller Says Role In 'Divergent' Made Him Feel "Dead Inside," And He Took Movie "For Business Reasons" Miles Teller Says Role In 'Divergent' Made Him Feel "Dead Inside," And He Took Movie "For Business Reasons" While You're Waiting For 'Interstellar,' Here's Over 100 Behind-The-Scenes Photos From 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy While You're Waiting For 'Interstellar,' Here's Over 100 Behind-The-Scenes Photos From 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy First Look At 'The Dying Of The Light,' Paul Schrader Quits Film Over What Nicolas Winding Refn Calls "Artistic Disrespect" First Look At 'The Dying Of The Light,' Paul Schrader Quits Film Over What Nicolas Winding Refn Calls "Artistic Disrespect" New Images From 'Interstellar' Arrive, Christopher Nolan Says The Film Is A "Mirror" Of 'Inception' New Images From 'Interstellar' Arrive, Christopher Nolan Says The Film Is A "Mirror" Of 'Inception' Watch: Have A Threesome With Very NSFW Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack Watch: Have A Threesome With Very NSFW Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

5 Favorite Disney Memories From 'Saving Mr. Banks' Star Jason Schwartzman

Photo of Drew Taylor By Drew Taylor | The Playlist December 12, 2013 at 1:08PM

John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" dramatizes the creative struggle to get "Mary Poppins" adapted for the big screen. And while much of film is devoted to the contentious relationship between Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) and 'Poppins' author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), there were people at the periphery who were just as important to the process. Chief amongst these people were the Sherman brothers, the crack songwriting duo behind the movie's unforgettable songs. Jason Schwartzman plays Richard Sherman while B. J. Novak plays Robert Sherman.
2
Saving Mr. Banks Jason Schwartzman

John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" dramatizes the creative struggle to get "Mary Poppins" adapted for the big screen. And while much of film is devoted to the contentious relationship between Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) and 'Poppins' author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), there were people at the periphery who were just as important to the process. Chief amongst these people were the Sherman brothers, the crack songwriting duo behind the movie's unforgettable songs. Jason Schwartzman plays Richard Sherman while B. J. Novak plays Robert Sherman. 

And when we got the chance to talk to Schwartzman recently, we quizzed him as to his five favorite Disney memories. While we submitted this structure for the interview before we chatted, Schwartzman was caught off guard. Not that it mattered much. "Oh I can do that," he said. He then explained his relationship with all things Disney: "I grew up in Los Angeles. I didn't go to Disneyland all the time but I definitely went once every couple of years, which is definitely a lot. Being close to Disneyland, it's a big part of my life. Disney in general … I don't know what the word is … What do you call it when it's beyond sentimental and beyond nostalgic?" We're pretty sure that's just called magic.

Pete's Dragon

1. "Pete's Dragon
When we asked Schwartzman what his favorite Disney memories were he immediately said, "Watching 'Pete's Dragon' obsessively." Honestly, we were kind of taken aback. For those of you who are unaware, "Pete's Dragon" is a largely forgotten 1977 Disney film (that studio is remaking with "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" writer/director David Lowery penning the script) that combined live action with animation, focusing on the relationship between a young boy named Pete and his towering dragon pal Elliott (voiced by Mel Brooks confederate Charlie Callas). "I don't know. It hit me. It just got me. I became obsessed with that movie," Schwartzman explained. 

Not that it was the only Disney classic that he would watch on repeat: "And 'Robin Hood,' which I think is a very underrated Disney movie." The 1973 film, featuring anthropomorphic animals in all the roles, is now seen as something of a lost classic, and if you haven't watched it, you should track it down.

Space Mountain

2. Space Mountain
When pressed for what his favorite Disney attraction was, Schwartzman easily came up with an answer. "I think that it would have to be Space Mountain," he said. Space Mountain, a dark roller coaster that shoots you through the inky cosmos, was first opened in Walt Disney World in 1977 as the centerpiece of the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland. Two years later, a similar (but not identical) version of the attraction opened at California's Disneyland (also in Tomorrowland). It remains a classic of both parks. "It really is," Schwartzman agreed. "... if you're not in the mood for it, it makes you in the mood for it. It's just incredible."

Captain Eo

3. Seeing "Captain Eo"
Schwartzman also singled out another Disneyland attraction: the 3D, space-theme Michael Jackson movie "Captain Eo" (directed by Schwartzman's uncle, Francis Ford Coppola). The film premiered at both stateside parks in 1986, and closed when the criminal cases against Jackson were becoming too hard to simply ignore (it was replaced by a lamer attraction, "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience"). After Jackson's death, though, a slightly revamped version of "Captain Eo" came back to both EPCOT and Disneyland, a nostalgia-tinged relic of a bygone decade. "That was a highlight. It's incredible," Schwartzman said. "I saw it in the park when it originally came out. It really affected me, because it was Michael Jackson right at the sweet spot. That was a period when Thriller and Bad was so powerful to me and I was such a huge fan. I loved Thriller so deeply, it was all I listened to as a little kid. So to see Michael Jackson in this movie where he's fighting aliens with music. It was just beyond words for me."

This article is related to: Saving Mr. Banks, Jason Schwartzman, Walt Disney Pictures, Features, Feature


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates