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.
They’ve written some of the most memorable songs in Disney theme park – and motion picture – history, and on March 11, 2010, the Academy Award-winning composers of the music from “It’s a Small World” and The Enchanted Tiki Room, as well as “Mary Poppins,” will receive the highest honor that the Disneyland Resort bestows. The Sherman brothers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, will receive a tribute window on Main Street, U.S.A.
Among the Shermans’ more than 150 Disney songs are such familiar Disney theme park compositions as “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” (theme of The Enchanted Tiki Room), “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” (theme of Carousel of Progress) and “It’s a Small World,” one of the most translated and performed songs on Earth. All three are still performed in their attractions at Disney theme parks around the world, making the music as contemporary today as when it was composed.
“Richard and Robert Sherman’s contribution to Disney spans 50 years and has touched virtually every aspect of our company,” said Robert A. Iger, president and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “By dedicating a window on Main Street, U.S.A. inside Disneyland we are pleased to recognize them with one of the highest honors our company bestows.”
“The music of the Sherman brothers has left an indelible mark on the Walt Disney Company and still resonates in Disney parks around the world,” said Tom Staggs, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman. “Their songs – particularly ‘It’s a Small World’ and the score of ‘Mary Poppins’ – are not just touchstones of Disney, but of American culture as a whole. The whole world sang these songs when they were new and they still sing them today almost five decades later. Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman are honored members of the Disney family.”
BURBANK, Calif. — On October 13, 2009 Walt Disney Records releases a two-disc retrospective collection of music by award-winning songwriting team, Robert Sherman and Richard Sherman. Hired by Walt Disney himself as his first and only staff songwriters, the Sherman Brothers music has been an important part of motion pictures, theme park attractions, television productions, records, compact discs, and Broadway shows – entertaining millions of people all over the world.
The two-disc set includes 59 songs highlighting the Sherman Brothers’ incredibly prolific Disney years – from Annette’s 1959 hit “Tall Paul” to their work from The Tigger Movie in 2000. Newly restored with the latest digital technology, this collection features not only their landmark hits from Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, The Jungle Book, and “it’s a small world,” but a number of their other classics – many available for the first time on CD.
D23 Member Exclusive: The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion
In 1969, this Disneyland Records Storyteller album was released to commemorate the opening of The Haunted Mansion. Intended as a simple promotional album, this recording has become a cherished childhood memory for many a Disneyland® Resort guest. The Story and Song From The Haunted Mansion includes original scenes and effects that never made it into the final attraction as it follows the story of two teenagers (voiced by Robie Lester and a young Ron Howard) who take refuge inside the eerie mansion during a mysterious rainstorm. First time on CD. A Halloween must have for collectors. Available exclusively to D23 members to own September 10, 2009.
Currently in limited release, Stitch Kingdom brings you a review of this fascinating documentary of a family who couldn’t be together unless they were working together. You can read our review here.
D23 members are being offered discounts to certain screenings and events at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival.
On Friday, April 24 at 7pm, enjoy An Evening of Film and Fun Set to Music: A Gala Reception & Concert with Marc Shaiman. Join multiple Academy Award® nominee, Tony Award® and Grammy Award®-winning film composer and songwriter Marc Shaiman for a tune-filled evening of performance and memorable behind-the-camera stories of his many film projects including such modern day movie classics as Hairspray, The Wedding Planner, My Giant, Sleepless in Seattle, Sister Act, City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally and Beaches. Shaiman received the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards for his work on the Broadway hit Hairspray. May not be suitable for younger audiences. D23 Member Price: $20 (Regular: $30).