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For 'Mr. Banks,' Simi Valley works as Australian outback

Michael Corenblith is grateful for the rolling hills of Simi Valley.

The production designer on Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" relied heavily on the 10,000-acre Big Sky Ranch in the Ventura County city to help re-create the childhood home of P.L. Travers, the "Mary Poppins" novelist at the center of the film.

The just-released movie starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson tells the story of Walt Disney's relationship with Travers and flashbacks on her tough childhood growing up in the Australian outback. 

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