Saving Mr. Banks

From Grünhainichen to Hollywood

Back in October 2012, Walt Disney Studios contacted traditional manufactory Wendt & Kühn during their planning of a film about founder Walt Disney. Personal anecdotes from people close to Mr. Disney confirmed that he was a big fan of Wendt & Kühn figurines. Some figurines even decorated his office and they needed to be recreated for the film as originally as possible. A short time later, Wendt & Kühn sent the figurines off on their journey to America – a Blossom Child with Sunflower, a round Music Box, a ladybird, butterflies and a goose family. The production company couldn’t have been happier with the faithful reproductions – they were exact replicas of the figurines from the 1960s, the era in which the film is set. And sure enough: The Wendt & Kühn figurines can be seen in the background during scenes of Tom Hanks in the film producer’s reconstructed office. Noteworthy props to lend an authentic flair to the film.