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.
November 30, 2010 will see the release of all three critically acclaimed documentaries which offer insights into historical periods of The Walt Disney Company rarely seen by those outside of it.
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story is an intimate journey through the lives of Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, the astoundingly prolific, Academy Award®-winning songwriting team that defined family musical entertainment for five decades with unforgettable songs like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocous” 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)” from the Disneyland attraction. The feature-length documentary, conceived, produced and directed by two of the songwriters’ sons, take audiences behind the scenes of the Hollywood magic factory and offers a rate glimpse of a unique creative process at work. It also explores a deep and longstanding rift that has kept the brothers personally estranged throughout much of their unparalleled professional partnership.
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.