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November 1, 2013 | By Susan King
In 1961, Disney songwriting stalwarts Robert and Richard Sherman struggled with adding tunes to the "Mary Poppins" screenplay. Oh, they had plenty of ideas - some Oscar-winning ones, as it turned out. But the process of persuading the story's author that the songs would serve the material was a grueling one. That long and aggravating attempt to take "Mary Poppins" from the written page to the big screen is at the heart of "Saving Mr. Banks," a...
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January 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Every award season brings the movie that everyone loves, the film that's so likable it's impossible not to like. Which always makes some people not like it. Quickly filling that role this year is John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks," the P.L. Travers biopic-cum-"Mary Poppins" creation story, that spoonful of sugar about the making of "Spoonful of Sugar. " As you probably know, the film centers on the real-life Travers (Emma Thompson), who, after years of resisting Hollywood overtures to turn her book series into a film, grudgingly heads to Tinseltown.
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May 20, 1993 | MARIA D. LASO
You may think you've never heard of the Sherman Brothers, but one of their songs you must know: "It's a Small World (After All)," the most popular Walt Disney song ever. And it's hardly the only number on this 26-track, 67-minute CD that's likely to ring a bell. Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman created many of Disney's most memorable tunes and soundtracks.
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December 20, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
On one level, the new historical dramedy "Saving Mr. Banks" chronicles the efforts of studio head Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) to persuade the cantankerous British author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to allow her "Mary Poppins" children's books to be made into a movie. On another level, it's also something of an ode to the old Hollywood studio system, with a small army of Disney employees all toiling together on the back lot. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , some of the "Saving Mr. Banks" cast members talked about the old-fashioned collaborative approach.
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July 7, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Jungle Book," the last animated film that Walt Disney personally supervised, was considered one of his best, not only for its vivid animation and stellar cast of voices--Phil Harris, George Sanders and Louis Prima among them--but for its free-spirited score, a bright symphonic, jazz, rock 'n roll mix. Walt Disney Records will release the sound track Monday, for the first time in its entirety, digitally remastered on CD.
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December 20, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
On one level, the new historical dramedy "Saving Mr. Banks" chronicles the efforts of studio head Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) to persuade the cantankerous British author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to allow her "Mary Poppins" children's books to be made into a movie. On another level, it's also something of an ode to the old Hollywood studio system, with a small army of Disney employees all toiling together on the back lot. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , some of the "Saving Mr. Banks" cast members talked about the old-fashioned collaborative approach.
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April 9, 1998 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Audio Walt Disney Records takes a nostalgic trip back in time with five new releases launching its "Disney's Archive Collection." These are re-releases--digitally restored and available on CD for the first time--of Disneyland and Buena Vista records that were first issued more than 30 years ago. Selections range from curiosities and fun stuff to found gold for all ages, but especially for grown-up kids--parents and grandparents.
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March 7, 2012 | Dennis McLellan and Valerie J. Nelson
At the Academy Awards ceremony in 1965, Robert and Richard Sherman already had accepted their Oscar for best score for "Mary Poppins" when they returned to the stage to pick up another statuette for best song, "Chim Chim Cher-ee. " Having already thanked everyone, Robert Sherman told the audience that all they could add was "Supercalifragilistic.... " Then, as often happened when they spoke, Richard Sherman completed his brother's sentence by saying, "expialidocious. " The tongue twister of a song title from the blockbuster 1964 Disney musical powerfully reminded viewers that the brothers wrote irresistibly upbeat songs that spoke to everyday people.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Every award season brings the movie that everyone loves, the film that's so likable it's impossible not to like. Which always makes some people not like it. Quickly filling that role this year is John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks," the P.L. Travers biopic-cum-"Mary Poppins" creation story, that spoonful of sugar about the making of "Spoonful of Sugar. " As you probably know, the film centers on the real-life Travers (Emma Thompson), who, after years of resisting Hollywood overtures to turn her book series into a film, grudgingly heads to Tinseltown.
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November 8, 2009 | Irene Lacher
If Mary Poppins had a pied-à-terre in L.A., it would probably look something like Richard Sherman's home in Beverly Hills. Set back from the street across an expanse of emerald lawn, Sherman's storybook cottage has a doorbell that chimes "It's a Small World (After All)," courtesy of the Magic Castle creator Milt Larsen. Mary Poppins never hit the Pepsi pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, where "Small World" -- a timeless tune composer-lyricist Sherman wrote with his brother, Robert -- made its debut.
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November 1, 2013 | By Susan King
In 1961, Disney songwriting stalwarts Robert and Richard Sherman struggled with adding tunes to the "Mary Poppins" screenplay. Oh, they had plenty of ideas - some Oscar-winning ones, as it turned out. But the process of persuading the story's author that the songs would serve the material was a grueling one. That long and aggravating attempt to take "Mary Poppins" from the written page to the big screen is at the heart of "Saving Mr. Banks," a...
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August 12, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Midway through an extensive exploration of the songs of Disney's past, composer Alan Menken needed a breather. Menken, a regular Disney orchestrator since his work on 1989's “The Little Mermaid,” fanned himself with his song sheets and joked that he might have a stroke. The line received a laugh from the adoring crowd at D23, the all-things-Disney convention this weekend in Anaheim, but in a   2½-hour concert that managed to pack in more than 40 songs from five-plus decades, it's no wonder the stage-groomed Menken needed a time out. Performing Saturday with Disney's longtime musical maestro and pop-rock-trained Richard Sherman (each was given a separate set)
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December 20, 2012 | By Lisa Rosen
On Jan. 27, the Screen Actors Guild will give veteran entertainer Dick Van Dyke its Life Achievement Award, honoring his storied career and humanitarian work, simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 5 p.m. PST. And if that isn't enough to celebrate, at 86 Van Dyke is a giddy newlywed, having married Arlene Silver, 40, in February. Sitting for an interview in the SAG Foundation Actors Center while Silver texts on the sidelines, he jokes, "When you marry a young girl, you marry her iPhone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2012 | Dennis McLellan and Valerie J. Nelson
At the Academy Awards ceremony in 1965, Robert and Richard Sherman already had accepted their Oscar for best score for "Mary Poppins" when they returned to the stage to pick up another statuette for best song, "Chim Chim Cher-ee. " Having already thanked everyone, Robert Sherman told the audience that all they could add was "Supercalifragilistic.... " Then, as often happened when they spoke, Richard Sherman completed his brother's sentence by saying, "expialidocious. " The tongue twister of a song title from the blockbuster 1964 Disney musical powerfully reminded viewers that the brothers wrote irresistibly upbeat songs that spoke to everyday people.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2009 | Irene Lacher
If Mary Poppins had a pied-à-terre in L.A., it would probably look something like Richard Sherman's home in Beverly Hills. Set back from the street across an expanse of emerald lawn, Sherman's storybook cottage has a doorbell that chimes "It's a Small World (After All)," courtesy of the Magic Castle creator Milt Larsen. Mary Poppins never hit the Pepsi pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, where "Small World" -- a timeless tune composer-lyricist Sherman wrote with his brother, Robert -- made its debut.
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May 23, 2009 | Susan King
For six decades, Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman made beautiful music together. A veritable George and Ira Gershwin at the Walt Disney Studios in the 1960s, the composing brothers were responsible for writing such popular songs as "Let's Get Together" from "The Parent Trap" as well as Disneyland attraction ditties such as the song everyone loves to hate, "It's a Small World."
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December 20, 2012 | By Lisa Rosen
On Jan. 27, the Screen Actors Guild will give veteran entertainer Dick Van Dyke its Life Achievement Award, honoring his storied career and humanitarian work, simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 5 p.m. PST. And if that isn't enough to celebrate, at 86 Van Dyke is a giddy newlywed, having married Arlene Silver, 40, in February. Sitting for an interview in the SAG Foundation Actors Center while Silver texts on the sidelines, he jokes, "When you marry a young girl, you marry her iPhone.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Midway through an extensive exploration of the songs of Disney's past, composer Alan Menken needed a breather. Menken, a regular Disney orchestrator since his work on 1989's “The Little Mermaid,” fanned himself with his song sheets and joked that he might have a stroke. The line received a laugh from the adoring crowd at D23, the all-things-Disney convention this weekend in Anaheim, but in a   2½-hour concert that managed to pack in more than 40 songs from five-plus decades, it's no wonder the stage-groomed Menken needed a time out. Performing Saturday with Disney's longtime musical maestro and pop-rock-trained Richard Sherman (each was given a separate set)
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May 22, 2009 | Kevin Thomas;
As a songwriting team, Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman are one of the most successful and honored in history. They have written more than 1,000 songs -- for 50 movies alone -- as well as for television, records, theme parks and the theater. The only songwriters to be put under contract by Walt Disney Studios, they became synonymous with its musicals -- "Mary Poppins," "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" and "The Jungle Book" among them.
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February 11, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baby boomers and their kids can probably sing many of the tunes written by the prolific composers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. For "Mary Poppins," they penned the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and won another Oscar for best original score. Other standards from "Mary Poppins" include "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and Walt Disney's personal favorite, "Feed the Birds."
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