The Boys: the Sherman Brothers' Story

The Boys: the Sherman Brothers' Story

DVD - 2010
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Documentary on the lives of Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, the Academy Award-winning songwriting team that defined family musical entertainment with songs such as "A spoonful of sugar," from Mary Poppins, and "I wan'na be like you," from The jungle book. Explores the deep and longstanding rift that has kept the brothers personally estranged throughout much of their professional partnership. Includes interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Roy Disney, and others.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2010]
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.542092273 BOYS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. viewing copy + 1 facsimile of song copy
Alternative Title: Sherman brothers' story

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WILLIAM KOMBOL
Jun 08, 2015

Most everyone has seen “Mary Poppins.” Many have watched “Saving Mr. Banks” (if you haven’t – do!). Now, complete the trifecta with "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story” – Robert and Richard Sherman: two brothers, fifty films, one thousand classic songs. Even I was surprised by the breadth of their accomplishments. Like so many others musician who composed the Great American Songbook, the Sherman family (their father was a songwriter too) were Jewish immigrants from Russia. Robert Sherman was two years older than Richard, but they generally went by Bob and Dick. Bob served during WW-II and was among the first American soldiers to enter the Dachau concentration camp at the end of the war. He wanted to be a novelist. Younger brother Dick had a natural talent for composing tunes. Together they became the most formidable team of songwriters in family entertainment. Most of their work was done for Disney, but their list of songs is astonishing. This documentary, “The Boys” is a must see for anyone who loves motion picture movie songs the likes of which (Parent Trap, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Charlotte's Web and The Aristocats) define mid-century American music. I’ll give much more than tuppence for this insightful documentary. “Let's go fly a kite – Up to the highest height! – Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring – Up through the atmosphere – Up where the air is clear – Oh, let's go fly a kite!”

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missy2
Aug 19, 2012

True Confessions meets Disney! Count yourself lucky that your kids probably won't make a film about the fact that you don't get along with your sibling. And broadcast it for the world to see. These were ordinary guys with an extraordinary talent for composing singable songs. They didn't deserve to be the focus of this tell-all film. Watch the good things these guys did, like Mary Poppins. Unlike their offspring, the Sherman brothers' aim was to make the audience feel good after watching a film. Disney was lucky to have them, and they, Disney. And we, their audience, were luckiest of all.

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8217549
Aug 04, 2011

they wrote all those songs we love for numerous disney movies. fantastic. life and work and complicated relationship between brothers

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