This black-and-white print was hand-signed by Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman in the summer of 2013. The image features the Sherman Brothers and members of the cast of Mary Poppins in a candid sing-along behind the scenes of the Oscar-winning film that some critics hailed as Walt Disney’s crowning achievement in film.
One-half of the Sherman Brothers song-writing duo whose compositions provide the soundtrack for some of the most beloved films and theme-park attractions of all time, the younger Sherman was born two-and-a-half years after brother Robert (1925-2012) in New York City on June 12, 1928. Sons of a songwriter, the boys grew up in a musical household and Richard went on to study the subject at Bard College, before being drafted into the Army in the early fifties. There, he served two years as conductor of the Army band and glee club. He and his brother had, up to that point, enjoyed limited success writing together, but when famed Mouseketeer Annette Funicello picked up their song “Tall Paul” and turned it into a hit record, their careers took off. The Disney connection paid dividends in the form of a thirteen-year tenure at the studios, during which they scored such live-action films as The Parent Trap, In Search of the Castaways, Summer Magic, The Happiest Millionaire, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and of course the Academy-Award-winning masterpiece Mary Poppins, for which they took home two Oscars themselves (Best Score and Best Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”). The animated projects for which they provided their talents include the Winnie the Pooh series of films, The Jungle Book, and The Aristocats. And, of course, some of their most beloved work is featured in classic theme-park attractions like It’s a Small World, Carousel of Progress, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, and Journey into Imagination.
This print, signed by one of the most successful and well-known Disney artists of all time, pays tribute to the highlight of the Sherman Brothers’ historic career, as well as the collaborative relationship with Walt Disney that led to unparalleled success for all involved.