Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks' Biopic Takes Cigarette Out of Founder's Mouth

Walt Disney is known for revolutionizing movie animation and creating a child-friendly brand that has only grown bigger and more influential since his passing in 1966.

He also smoked like the proverbial chimney, something audiences won't see during the upcoming biopic Saving Mr. Banks.

The film, which stars Tom Hanks as the animation legend, is a Disney production through and through. That means no one can be seen smoking on screen, no matter how often the real Walt Disney lit up during his lifetime.

[Producer Alison] Owen told festival attendees she was somewhat nervous about working with Disney on the project, considering how close the subject matter is to the giant conglomerate. However, she and Hancock said the only ask Disney made was regarding the smoking, since the company has a blanket policy against showing lit cigarettes in its movies.

"They told us there could be no smoking," Owen said.

Saving Mr. Banks will be released in select theaters Dec. 13 before a wider release Dec. 20.



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