The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
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There is no doubt that these two amazing artists , Richard the musician and wordsmith and Robert, his lyrical foil, have contributed more catchy and wonderful tunes than almost any other pair in recent history. The music of the Sherman Brothers is deceptively simple and quite intelligent. There is an excellent 2 cd set available on Amazon.com which highlights their music and a recent guitar tribute Poppin' Guitars : A Tuneful of Sherman (CD/DVD) also available on Amazon.com which also demonstrates that even without lyrics their tunes are ridiculously memorable.
If you are a fan of classic Disney scores and or great song writing I'd recommend this movie...just realize that dramatic license is taken in the story which was most likely the only way it could be sold ...sad that their amazing volume of work wasn't enough on its own. The score is also very emotional and features Richard M Sherman on piano ...much of this score can be heard on his recently released CDForgotten Dreams which I would also recommend.Read more ›
It is an emotional journey as the brothers tell firsthand about their differences, their experiences with their mother and dad (also a songwriter), their time in the War, and their special relationship with Walt Disney. The deep emotion in their remembrances will make it difficult to keep the tear ducts dry, and the heartfelt tales told by Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Debbie Reynolds, Hayley Mills, and Roy Disney (just to name a few) convey how thoughtful the two were in the creative process and how beloved they are in the industry.
Through vintage movie clips and photos that are creatively presented (old photos have been crafted in such a way as to appear layered and three dimensional), this movie is also a visual treat.
And the extras? Quite a few to choose from and just as interesting as the documentary itself! Inside the DVD case is a print of the original song sheet for "Tuppence A Bag," later renamed "Feed The Birds.Read more ›
Most Baby Boomers consider the music and songs of the Sherman Brothers as the soundtrack of our childhood, and I distinctly recall playing my Disney Song Collection LP (purchased with a tank of gas at Gulf!) and can still rattle off the order of the song line up. And 95% of the songs were written and composed by the Sherman Brothers.
"the boys" gives fans of this talented duo an intimate look into what took place behind the scenes of not only their years at Disney but in their personal lives as well. I was surprised at just how SAD this story is; we all grew up hearing such happiness come from these talented siblings, but what happened when they weren't collaborating on their music on the Disney lot will really astound any fan who believes that Richard and Robert's lives have always been as sweet and simple as "a spoon full of sugar."
Adding to the depth of this interesting bio-pic are the original tunes composed by Richard M. Sherman (short-sightedly considered the light-weight "Tigger" of the duo). Haunting, melodic, and a way for him to break away from the happy-go-lucky music with which he's always associated, if you are a fan of the Shermans, you absolutely must hear the album of these never-before heard melodies played by this deep soul. I was SO pleased to discover that these songs were available on their own on the wonderful CD, "Forgotten Dreams." ...Read more ›
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Teaching my film students about the legacy of Disney, this DVD fit right in! Really great well produced story.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really good, well made film about two guys who wrote SOOOO much more than Mary Poppins. I had no idea, and had no idea of how troubled their relationship was. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. H. Richards
Wow, what an interesting story about these guys who I never really thought about until the movie "Saving Mr. Banks". Such a compelling documentary!Published 3 months ago by DOGLUVER
This movie is excellent. I wish I knew them! True Disney fans, MUST WATCH! I share this movie, with anyone that is interested in The HISTORY OF DISNEYPublished 3 months ago by Sandi Pankey
nice to know some behind the scenes info on the bros. only gave 4 stars because it should definitely be longer. they wrote too many songs to be covered in 102 minutes!!!Published 3 months ago by libraryladysusan
The case arrived damaged but the DVD was fine. This is such a touching documentary about two amazing, talented, complicated people.Published 8 months ago by delilah devereaux