The mail man was good to me yesterday:
The Boys, Walt and El Grupo, & Waking Sleeping Beauty on DVD
If you are not familiar with these movies you're in luck because I'm going to give you my review of all of them...after I watch them all that is. I've only had time to watch The Boys so why don't we start there.
Let me start off by saying that Disney does not respect my opinion enough to send me free DVD's, so yeah I bought them on my own.
The Boys is the story of the Sherman Brothers, who have written such fantastic songs as "Feed the Bird's" from Mary Poppins and "Pineapple Princess" for Annette Funicello. You would think that brothers working together writing hit songs for their entire adult life would have a great friendship, but that is not the case.
The movie was directed by Jeff and Gregory Sherman, the sons of Dick and Bob. They spoke for the first time in 40 years in 2002 at the opening of the stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. At public events the brothers always appeared together for photos but then sat on opposite sides of the theaters, the cousins never knew why. They decided to make a movie about their famous fathers exploring their history as song writers and what exactly tore them apart.
I do not want to give away the entire story so i'll just tell you to stop reading this and buy the film! Not only do you hear the story from the Sherman Brothers themselves but the film is full of interviews with other Disney legends like Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. It's sad to see two guys who claim to have nothing in common tear up when they have to talk about Walt Disney's death. Watching this film is going to make you want to get out all of your Sherman Brother musicals and watch them all day long, it was a truly touching movie.
My only complaint is with Disney, they should have given this movie a wider release. I contacted theaters all over Houston and could not get it shown here. So do yourself a favor and buy this DVD, and while your at it pick up The Sherman Brothers Song Book.