The Boys

The Boys

The Sherman Brothers' Story

DVD - 2010
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Journey through the lives of Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, the Academy Award-winning songwriting team that defined family musical entertainment with unforgettable songs like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, from Mary Poppins; I Wanna Be Like You, from The Jungle Book; and the most translated song ever written, It's a Small World (After All). Explore the deep and longstanding rift that has kept the brothers personally estranged throughout much of their professional partnership.
Publisher: [United States] : Disney ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2010.
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.542 Boys
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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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!”

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.

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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