The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story

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Poignant biography of Walt Disney Studios' most famous songwriter team - Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman - whose cheery songs for such films as "Mary Poppins" and "The Jungle Book" belied a fractious personal relationship. Directed by their sons, Jeffrey C. Sherman and Gregory V. Sherman, the well-crafted documentary (unobjectionable though probably not for the kiddies) - which includes interviews with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and other luminaries, as well as friends and family members - attempts to trace the roots of the conflict between these two disparate personalities, and also illuminates the mutual respect and love beneath the strained surface.

Rated: USCCB: A-I ; MPAA: not rated

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