“The Boys”: Heartwarming, Heartbreaking

The Boys Movie Poster
The Boys Movie Poster

You know the songs by heart.

“A Spoonful of Sugar”
“The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room”
“Let’s Go Fly A Kite”
“It’s a Small World (After All)”
“You’re Sixteen”
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”
“I Wan’na Be Like You”

And there are hundreds more, many of which you also know.

But do you know who wrote them? (The answer: Robert and Richard Sherman.)

Even if you know who wrote them – and if you do, consider me impressed – you surely don’t know the story behind the story of this brilliant songwriting team.

Robert’s son Jeff Sherman and Richard’s son Gregg Sherman have teamed up to make The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story, a stunning documentary about their fathers. Any fan of Disney, any fan of music, any fan of the creative process will be grateful for this film.

It’s not always easy to watch, which is evident from the film’s tagline:

Brothers. Partners. Strangers.

You can see a trailer at the film’s website. But better yet, go see the film itself if you have the chance. Disney is releasing it, so we can hope for a DVD soon as well.

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