The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
"The Boys" documents the extraordinary lives of two radically diverse siblings: the multi-award-winning songwriting team-- the Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman). The documentary traces the origins of their remarkable careers--from their childhood and young adulthood, through a six-decade collaboration that included 50 motion pictures and a catalogue of more than a thousand songs for television, records, theme parks and stage.
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Critic Reviews for The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
The film holds their Disney songs in such high esteem, and discusses them with such little context, that The Boys sometimes feels as though it is set in Disneyland, not the real world.
It's a solid chapter in the history of American popular song, an examination of Walt Disney's final career triumphs, a glimpse at both the daily grind and the eureka moments of songwriting, and a story of family dynamics all rolled into one.
The story of the men who wrote them in the golden age of Walt Disney Studios' movie musicals, brothers Robert and Richard Sherman, is one of the most fascinating chronicles of creative partnership never told.
An excellent film -- entertaining and informative and sometimes stunning in its display of the personal demons shared by these two geniuses.
...an affable, sporadically intriguing (yet somewhat underwhelming) piece of work.
A fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary that charts not only a story of tremendous success but sibling rivalry as well.
Well-paced and full of anecdotal information, clips from the brothers' movies, and interviews with people who worked with them . . . . It's rich with history, and not just personal history.
The documentary covers 80 years of their lives, from a happy childhood right through to the present day, covering their personal and professional lives and offering a glimpse of their particular creative process.
Film buffs and cineastes will find the doc's inside-show biz stories a real treat.
A lively, engrossing, fascinating and well-edited documentary. It finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually as well as emotionally.
Audience Reviews for The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
Although it doesn't quite uncover the dark underbelly of the sunniest songwrites in film history, this swell documentary about the Sherman brothers is full of great I-can't-believe-they-wrote-THAT-too moments and a fairly compelling narrative of the strange, strained relationship the two brothers had (have) behind the surface of Disney smiles. Chim-Chim-Cher-Whee!More
Historical in every possible way, it's hard to remember The Boys is supposed to focus on the men behind the music and not necessarily the music itself. Not because they are uninvolving people, but because the music is beyond legendary. The film falters only in its running time, wanting to cover as much ground as possible instead of worrying about the playability of the product. Not exhaustive, but exhausting. Not flattering, but almost ego stroking. Sure, these two men are legends in some circles, but their personal relationship? It seems like something for the family to work out behind closed doors. Major points for the doc, though, for not ending in the way one would expect. In other words, not like a typical Disney movie.More
A true work of love by two sons whose fathers no longer communicate. Those fathers are the Sherman brothers, authors of most of the charming and sickly sweet Disney movies of the sixties. A grand creativity fueled by the feuding of siblings. It is a story laid out in a very nice package.More
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