Richard and Robert Sherman are virtually synonymous with Disney. The prolific brother songwriting team was heavily favored by Walt Disney. So much so that he placed them under a studio contract which is unheard of when it comes to songwriters. You hear throughout classic Disney films and throughout Disney theme parks around the world. What you may not have heard is their own story, a pair of brothers whose personal relationship was strained for most of their lives to the point where they became completely estranged from each other.
I had the pleasure of seeing The Boys, a documentary put together by the Sherman Brothers’ children — cousins who didn’t even meet until they were adults — when it was playing in limited release and I can’t possibly encourage any fan of Disney enough to see this film when it’s released on November 30 along with two other amazing documentaries, Waking Sleeping Beauty and Walt & El Grupo.
In honor of the film’s release, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has begun sharing some clips from the film as well as a sneak peek at some of the extras that will be available on the DVD.
In this clip from the film, titled ‘First Collaboration,’ Bob and Dick talk about how they ended up living together as young adults and were egged into working together on their first song by their father.
In this sneak peek at one of the bonus features, Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) and Dick Van Dyke (Bert) explore the story behind the Mary Poppins classic ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’
For more looks at The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story, check out Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s official YouTube channel.