written by Johannes Wolters
A wonderful surprise waited for me Saturday morning, when I went seeing the boys. Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman had been with me through my entire life. I listened to their songs, from Winnie the Pooh and Jungle Book, from Mary Poppins through to Aristocats. All I knew about the artists, that they were brothers, had written unbelievable amounts of music and lyrics, had a close relationship to Walt Disney and that they had also composed the music for “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” which is no Disney movie! Little did I know that there is so much more.
The documentary “The Boys” (http://www.theboysdoc.com/ ) written and directed by their sons, Gregory V. Sherman and Jeffrey Sherman, tells the biographies of two brothers, who had a difficult, painful relationship. While Robert wanted to be the great American novelist, Richard dreamt about writing big symphonies. Only together they managed to have success, but not only success, they became the greatest songwriter-team ever. The directors, who as kids weren´t allowed to speak to a one another, actually wanted to persuade the Disney studio to do a biopic about those two legends and did some interviews-material to convince the investors. After the pitch the studio didn´t like the idea for the feature but they immediately green lighted the documentary which now includes interviews with Randy Newman, John Williams, Julie Andrews, Ben Stiller, Angela Lansbury, Dick van Dyke, Alan Menken and many, many others. John Landis statement alone about “It’s a small world after all” is watching the film.
This is not your average feel-good documentary, this is a really interesting insight behind well build facades. Landis and Ben Stiller supported the filmmakers in many ways, Stiller worked also as executive producer on this production. After the screening the two filmmakers answered patiently the many questions of the audience. Their goal at the beginning was to balance the film so that none of the brothers can be seen as the bad guy, so it was not an easy process to build the story, because of course both sons took the point of view of there actual dads.
So in the last hours of the festival there is time to relax a bit, you have time to meet friends, you go to Nik and Nancy´s picnic with the obligatory boat race with animators around the little island in the lake of Annecy.
But in the end of the day there lies the Closing Ceremony, in which all the Cristals will be handed out by the Jury, after that those who were lucky enough to get a invitation will gather for that last party at the end of the festival. So there time for some numbers, which I will quote from the official press release of the festival:
That´s it. I am going to sleep now for a whole week!