Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Boys : The Sherman Brothers' Story

From 2009, in honor of Robert Sherman: I had the opportunity to see a great feature-length documentary film this past weekend. If you're like me grew up in the 1960s or 70s, chances are real good that you’ve been singing along to songs of Richard and Robert Sherman Brothers’ songs. With unforgettable songs tunes from Disney classics like “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from MARY POPPINS; "Let's Get Together" from THE PARENT TRAP; “I Wanna Be Like You” and "Trust in Me" from THE JUNGLE BOOK and even theme park favorites like “It’s a Small World (After All)” and "In The Tiki Room". Their work beyond Disney, includes the memorable hits CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, SNOOPY GO HOME and Hanna-Barbera's original CHARLOTTE'S WEB..
While Dick and Bob's songs were cherished by both audiences and Walt Disney himself, outside the public eye, the boys’ personal relationship with each other was far less harmonious. In the film, a wide array of celebrities from Julie Andrews to Ben Stiller, join Disney peers, family and friends, as well as the brothers themselves to tell the story Shermans’ incredible prolific and tumultuous career. It's a powerful story of talent, teamwork, loyalty and estrangement. I highly recommend it to any one who has an interest in Disney, music and dysfunctional families. For more info on the film go here.

As a special treat, here's Siouxsie &The Banshee's incredible cover version of "Trust in Me."

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