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After "the boys" bows big in the Bay Area, "the sherman brothers' story" gets ready for its Southern Californian debut

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After "the boys" bows big in the Bay Area, "the sherman brothers' story" gets ready for its Southern Californian debut

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Well, the reviews are in. And it appears that “the boys: the sherman brothers’ story” is one informative & entertaining documentary.

On the heels of this film’s world premiere at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote that this “ … engaging docu draws on plentiful archival footage and A-List interviewees, and (that “the boys”) should lure dedicated nostalgists when it launches May 22 in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.”

The Boys Sherman Borthers Newport Film Festival
(L-R) Gregory V. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman and Jeffrey C. Sherman smile
for the cameras at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Photo by
Drew Altizer Photography. Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved

Sura Wood of the Hollywood Reporter concurred with Harvey’s assessment of the film, stating that “the boys” was “ … filled with a wealth of archival material, personal photos, original recordings and a parade of interviews with famous collaborators and friends. (This Walt Disney Pictures release) is the story of a troubled relationship -- or lack of one -- that makes (this) film a cut above the standard musical biography. “

What made Saturday’s world premiere (which – appropriately enough – was held at the Premier Theater at the Letterman Digital Arts Center at the Presidio) particularly special for Disneyana fans was that one of the subjects of this documentary, Richard M. Sherman, was on hand. He actually hosted the screening, along with “the boys” director / producers Director/producers Gregory V. Sherman (son of Richard) and Jeffrey C. Sherman (son of Robert).

The Boys Sherman Brothers Newport Beach Film Festival
Richard M. Sherman & Diane Disney Miller at "the
boys" post-screening party & reception.
Photo by
Drew Altizer Photography
. Copyright 2009 Disney.
All Rights Reserved

But what added to Saturday’s fun was the post-premiere party. Which was held in the special exhibition hall at the yet-to-be-officially-opened Walt Disney Family Museum.

Now if you missed out on the world premiere of “the boys:  the Sherman brothers’ story,” not to worry. This documentary will be having its Southern California premiere tonight at the Newport Beach Film Festival. And Richard, Gregory and Jeffrey will be on hand this evening at the Fashion Island Edwards Island Theater to host this screening.

The Boys Sherman Brothers Newport Film Festival
(L to R)  Jeffrey C. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman and Gregory V. Sherman at
Saturday afternoon's screening of "the boys: the sherman brothers' story."

Photo by Drew Altizer Photography. Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved

As an extra-added bonus … For those of you JHM readers who are D23 members, if you present your membership card (plus a photo ID) while purchasing tickets to tonight’s screening of “the boys”, you will then receive discounted admission for you & your guests.

And this discounted admission offer also applies to tomorrow night’s "Evening of Disney Animation" at the Lido Theatre. So if you want to save a few bucks on this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival, be sure and bring all your D23 membership card.

Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman
Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman
Photo by Drew Altizer Photography.
Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved

As for the rest of us who don’t live in NYC, LA or SF … The news isn’t great. As of this moment, Walt Disney Pictures doesn’t have any plans to release “the boys:  the Sherman brothers’ story” in any other cities. Though – on the heels of the mostly positive reviews that this documentary received this past weekend – those plans could change.

So stay tuned.

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  • Sheesh, I hate to be grouchy but what the heck is going on around here.  By my count it has been a lean year around here at JHM.  Has there been a major story since Night Kingdom?  With the exception of ruffled feathers over D23 in mid-March it has been slim picking for some meat and potatoes articles around here.  Has our beloved Jim lost his mojo?

    I think I speak for many of us when I saw we love the history and business articles the most.  I mean I always enjoy Floyd's historical accounts but there is so much happening in the world of Disney right now.  An occasional book, DVD and speaking engagement promo is okay I guess but it seems like that is what the site has dissolved into.  Whatever happened to the Mousewatch Monday business report?

    In no particular order here are things that I would love to see in the near future.  Unfortunately I don't have the resources and contacts to answer these questions.  Maybe Jim doesn't anymore either?!

    * What effect is the economy having on business?  There has to be a ton of articles in that question.  I know that Easter week was extremely busy but I'm sure WDW lost a bundle on the "pay 4 get 7 offer."  They seem to have run out of steam on the return of the free dining offer for the fall.  Also, I am hearing that park restaurants are not full.  Is the birthday celebration really driving business to Orlando?

    * What are the effects of the massive lay-off in the management ranks.  I'm sure financially that is just the tip of the iceberg.  There must be thousands of other budget cutbacks that we don't know about yet.  What effects will they have on the parks in the next 12-24 months?

    *  How are the huge demands of President Obama affecting progress on Hall of Presidents.  I would think he doesn't have much time to devote to Disney to record anything for this attraction.  Will the opening be delayed or will the show go one with or without him?

    *  What are the projections for UP?  What don't we know yet about the storyline for this movie?

    *  What else is new on the Disney movie front?  How is Princess and the Frog progressing?  What other projects are in Disney's pipeline.  What is happening with the Lone Ranger project et. al.?

    *  What is happening with Downtown Disney?  How is the economy affecting current retailers and how is it effecting the attraction of future business.  Will there ever by an ESPN Club?  Will they ever be able to attract guests to the Westside?

    *  For that matter, what ever happened to the conversion of Wide World of Sports to the ESPN Center?

    *  How has the fan backlash over D23 affected the future of that club?

    *  What is new on the Disney Cruise front?  What effect will the new VP of that division have on future direction?  What new and exciting things will be offered on the new ships?

    Inquiring minds want to know Jim.

  • Is there a "the boys" DVD in the future?

  • I went to the showing at the Newport Film Festival and they said that eventually yes there will be a DVD.

  • Sheesh, somebody buy Pudge a cookie or something.

  • Yup, I could use more fiber.  Anyway, since I posted my rant it has only been more of the same, a book review and a recap of a speaking engagement.  Point proven!

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