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Robert B. Sherman [11]


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Born:December 19, 1925
Died:March 5, 2012 (86)
Filmography Rating:7.95 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.04 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.53 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:79.32%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Absent-minded Professor [1961](36) => Songs
The Sword in the Stone [1963](38) => Songs
Mary Poppins [1964](39) => Songs
The Jungle Book [1967](42) => Songs
The Gnome-Mobile [1967](42) => Songs
The Happiest Millionaire [1967](42) => Songs
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band [1968](43) => Songs
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [1968](43) => Songs
The AristoCats [1970](45) => Songs
Bedknobs and Broomsticks [1971](46) => Songs
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh [1977](52) => Songs

Trivia that mentions this person:
The Absent-minded Professor [1961]
  • The song {Medfield Fight Song} was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, the first of many they would write for Disney.
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [1968]
  • The first non-Disney film to feature songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Dick Van Dyke had appeared in several Disney movies prior to this. In a press release he quipped, "This will out-Disney Disney." This comment angered the Disney studio and, as a result of this, he did not appear in any Disney film for a number of years.
    Mary Poppins [1964]
  • The song, "Let's Go Fly a Kite" was inspired by the Sherman brothers' (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) father, [?] Al Sherman who made kites for neighborhood kids as a weekend hobby. In the film, the broken kite represents the broken family. When Mr. Banks mends the kite and the four pieces are taped back together, the four members of the family are also reunited. By transforming her "suffragette ribbon" into the kite's tail, Mrs. Banks also commits herself to being there more for her family.
  • Lyricist Robert B. Sherman had searched for nearly two weeks for a catchy phrase that could be Mary Poppins' anthem. He came across the perfect title when his seven-year-old daughter Laurie came home from school one day and announced that she had just received a polio vaccine. Thinking that the vaccine had been administered as a shot, Sherman asked, "Did it hurt?" She replied, "No. They just gave it to me on a cube of sugar and I swallowed it down." Sherman tried the idea on his brother the following morning, Richard M. Sherman put the phrase to music and "A Spoonful of Sugar" was born.
  • Not only was "Feed the Birds" Walt Disney's favorite song in the film, but it is said that anytime he visited the Sherman brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) during the rest of his life, all he would have to do was say, "Play it," and they knew he wanted to hear "Feed the Birds".
  • The Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) came up with the idea of Mrs. Banks being involved in the suffragette cause to explain why she should be so neglectful of her children.
    The Sword in the Stone [1963]
  • The first Disney animated feature with songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks [1971]
  • This is the last feature film that longtime Disney studio songwriters Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote songs for until The Tigger Movie, although they briefly returned in the early 1980s to write songs for EPCOT Center.
  • Many people in the film, both on and off screen, have actual connections to WWII. Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall and Robert Stevenson all emigrated to the US from the UK due to the outbreak of war, while David Tomlinson served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force and Robert B. Sherman served in the United States Army and was one of the first Allied soldiers to see the Dachau concentration camp. He used his time recuperating from a gunshot wound to the knee to learn about the English people and their culture. On the other side, Manfred Lating and [?] Fred Hellmich were native-born Germans who had actually lived under Nazi rule.
    The Gnome-Mobile [1967]
  • The title song, a.k.a. {The Gnome-Mobile Song}, was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. They were also the songwriters of the songs in Mary Poppins, which also featured Ed Wynn, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber.
    The AristoCats [1970]
  • The Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman), talked [?] Maurice Chevalier out of retirement to sing the title song. It was his last work before his death in 1972.