From the swinging wild sounds of “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room” to a “willy-nilly silly old bear,” it would be hard to imagine the legacy of Disney’s music over the years without mentioning the “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” sounds of Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, better known as The Sherman Brothers. And now, their mark on the studio is now a physical, permanent one.
At the premiere of “Christopher Robin” on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank on Monday night, Soundstage A was renamed “Sherman Brothers Stage” in honor of the songwriting duo. The soundstage was where many Sherman Brothers songs were recorded, including “I Wanna Be Like You” and “It’s a Small World.”
Following performances by the Side Street Steppers and the Disneyland Band, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn kicked off the ceremonies, saying “[Walt Disney] knew something special when he saw it, or in the case of the Sherman Brothers, when he heard it.” He also thanked Richard for returning to the world of Winnie the Pooh and composing three new songs for “Christopher Robin.” (Robert B. Sherman passed away in 2012.)
Richard then spoke, saying “this is hallowed ground for me…[a place where we] truly spread our creative wings…” Sherman made sure to acknowledge several people who had a massive impact on his career: fellow Disney Legends Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, his brother Robert, and of course, Walt himself. “I consider [working for Walt] one of the greatest honors I ever had. It’s been a joy, honor, and privilege to work at Disney,” Sherman concluded.
Now, the legacy of The Sherman Brothers will be visible for an eternity of great, big, beautiful tomorrows.