Live & Onstage
USA/England, 2009, 100 minutes
Sat, Apr 25 / 2:00 / Letterman / BOYS25L (film) / BOYS25 (film+party)
When asked how long it takes to write a song, the Sherman Brothers often say, “It takes your entire life . . . plus the time required to jot it down.” And what unexpected lives surface in this intriguing story of the sibling songwriting team behind such classic scores as Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and It’s a Small World, told against a backdrop of some of the most popular works of our time. As staff songwriters for Walt Disney and popular hitmakers on their own, the Shermans’ credits read like a virtual history of the American family musical: Winnie the Pooh, The Aristocrats, Charlotte’s Web, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many more. Their personal relationship, however, is far from child’s play. The two became so estranged that their own sons grew up without knowing each other, despite living only a few blocks apart. How the brothers could collaborate so extensively on Oscar-winning soundtracks, most of which defined wholesome family entertainment, and yet have a relationship so volatile they could never bring their own families together, is very much at the heart of this remarkable dissection of creativity, genius and family ties. It’s made, after all, by the sons themselves, first cousins Gregory and Jeff Sherman, who upon meeting for the first time as young adults were moved to do some collaborating of their own.
This world premiere screening will be followed by a special reception for film and party ticket holders with the filmmakers in the reception space of the Disney Family Museum (which will open this coming fall). World Premiere.