SAVING MR. BANKS - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2013)

We don’t know about you, but we love the music from The Shawshank Redemption (1995), Road to Perdition (2003), Finding Nemo (2004) and Wall.E (2009) to bits. The original scores are brilliant creations of 58 year old American composer Thomas Newman. He has been nominated 12 times for an Oscar, but has never taken home one. His latest work for the sappily sentimental (we mean that in a good way) Saving Mr. Banks is, well, unfortunately overlooked by the Academy Award voters – again.

This is a soundtrack album you’d want to listen to when you are down, because it contains some brightly sentimental harmonies which will, like all things Disney, lift your spirits. Kicking off the 46 minute album is “Chim Chim Cher-ee (East Wind)”, a cue narrated by Colin Farrell who pleasantly loses his heavy Irish accent. It sets the mood going, as you indulge yourself in Newman’s heartfelt and spirited compositions “Travers Goff”, “Walking Bus”, “Uncle Albert” and “Jollification”.

Elsewhere in the album, Ray Charles performs “One Mint Julep” and The Dave Brubeck Company strums a jazzy “Heigh Ho”. There are also excerpts from John Lee Hancock’s film, including “Chim Chim Cher-ee (Responstible)”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” performed by cast members Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak (who play the Sherman Brothers), Emma Thompson (who plays P.L. Travers), Bradley Whitford and Melanie Paxson.

Things get a little melancholic with “To My Mother” and “Westerly Weather”, but you know with all things Disney, there will be a happy ending. “Saving Mr Banks (End Title)” closes the soundtrack nicely, leaving smiles on our faces.

This deluxe version of the soundtrack gets extra half a star because of its second CD which includes Mary Poppins pre demo recordings and actually tracks from the Mary Poppins film. Fans of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke will want to make this a must own. 


Recommended Track: (26) Let’s Go Fly A Kite (Disc 1)

Review by John Li


Chim Chim Cher-ee (East Wind) - Colin Farrell
Travers Goff - Thomas Newman
Walking Bus - Thomas Newman
One Mint Julep - Ray Charles
Uncle Albert - Thomas Newman
Jollification - Thomas Newman
The Mouse - Thomas Newman
Leisurely Stroll - Thomas Newman
Chim Chim Cher-ee (Responstible) - Jason Schwartzman
Mr. Disney - Thomas Newman
11 Celtic Soul - Thomas Newman
12 A Foul Fowl - Thomas Newman
13 Mrs P L Travers - Thomas Newman
14 Laying Eggs - Thomas Newman
15 Worn to Tissue - Thomas Newman
16 Heigh-Ho- The Dave Brubeck Quartet
17 Whiskey - Thomas Newman
18 Impertinent Man - Thomas Newman
19 To My Mother - Thomas Newman
20 Westerly Weather -  Thomas Newman
21 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Jason Schwartzman
22 Spit Spot! - Thomas Newman
23 Beverly Hills Hotel - Thomas Newman
24 Penguins -  Thomas Newman
25 Pears - Thomas Newman
26 Let's Go Fly A Kite -  Jason Schwartzman
27 Maypole - Thomas Newman
28 Forgiveness - Thomas Newman
29 The Magic Kingdom - Thomas Newman
30 Ginty My Love - Thomas Newman
31 Saving Mr. Banks (End Title) - Thomas Newman
CD 2
The Pearly Song (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious) (Pre-Demo) - Richard M. Sherman
Chim Chim Cher-ee (Pre-Demo) - Richard M. Sherman
Tuppence a Bag [Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)] (Pre-Demo) - Richard M. Sherman
Let's Go Fly a Kite (Pre-Demo) - Richard M. Sherman
A Spoonful of Sugar - Julie Andrews
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Julie Andrews
Chim Chim Cher-ee - Dick Van Dyke
Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) - Julie Andrews
Let's Go Fly a Kite - David Tomlinson



Artistes: Various
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: December 10, 2013