Just a couple of days ago we lost Ralph McQuarrie, who inspired dreams with his amazing conceptual designs for Star Wars. Today we lose Robert Sherman, who has literally made the childhoods of generations of people.
Robert, along with his brother Richard, were Disney’s top songwriting duo. They contributed music to many of their famous films like Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh and more. They contributed songs not only to Disney films but Disney theme parks as well. It’s a Small World was also done by them, for example.
They worked for Disney directly until his death in 1966. They racked up 9 Academy Award nominations, 5 Golden Globe nominations, 2 Grammy awards, 4 Grammy nominations and 23 gold and platinum awards over a career that included 200 songs, 27 films and two dozen TV productions.
Above you can watch the trailer for The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story, which is a documentary about the two brothers and their contribution to cinema. Below, you can see a list of some of the movies Robert worked on and a tribute to the Brothers’ work. [Slashfilm]
- The AbsentMinded Professor
- Disneyland/Disney World rides: it’s a small world (after all), The Enchanted Tiki Room (“The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room”), Carousel of Progress (“There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”)
- Mary Poppins (2 academy award wins)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Oscar-nominated)
- The Jungle Book
- The Sword in the Stone
- The Aristocats
- The Parent Trap
- Charlotte’s Web
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (creating the now famous Winnie the Pooh theme song)
- Snoopy, Come Home
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks (2 Oscar nominations)
- Tom Sawyer (1973 – Oscar-nominated)
- American Graffiti
- The Magic of Lassie (Oscar-nominated)
- The Tigger Movie
- Radio Flyer
- Beverly Hills Cop III (“The Wonderworld Song”)