“the boys” Offers Intimate Look at Sherman Brothers Life in Song

Originally posted on the DIS Unplugged

An interview with filmmakers Gregg Sherman and Jeff Sherman

I’ve had the privilege to interview Disney Legend and composer Richard Sherman who along with his brother, Robert Sherman, made up the prolific song-writing team responsible for over 1,000 songs across a 50 year career.  During their 13 years at Disney (1960-1973), the Sherman Brothers received four Academy Award nominations (and won two for Mary Poppins) and composed 200 songs for 27 films, two dozen television productions, and scores of theme park attractions.  However, while the Shermans created happy and cherished family songs in the American canon, the brother’s personal lives could not have been farther apart.  In their film “the boys: the sherman brothers’ story”, filmmakers and cousins Gregg Sherman (son of Richard) and Jeff Sherman (son of Robert) sought to understand the conflict between their fathers and put a face to the music known to so many.  Click here to read and listen to my interview with producers and directors Gregg and Jeff Sherman as they discuss their fathers’ relationship, the making of the film, and the music that made “the boys” famous.

Image: “the boys: the sherman brothers’ story” Directors/Producers Jeffrey Sherman (L) and Gregory Sherman (R) with Dick Van Dyke (center)

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.