Skip to comments.'It's a Small World' Songwriter Robert Sherman Dies at 86
Posted on 03/06/2012 6:08:37 AM PST by EveningStar
Songwriter Robert Sherman, best known for penning the infectious Disney tunes Its a Small World After All and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," died Monday, March 5 in London.
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You mean they never executed him for writing that piece?
I agree with you. I can’t stand that song.
He was living in the Bin Laden compound.
‘its a small world...’ has to be one of the worst cloying saccarine, one worldism, POS song ever written.
that being said....some of his other disney efforts were OK.
saw the sherman bros at the elcapitan a few years ago what fun that was.
IMHO, there's a special place in hell reserved for the person who wrote the tune for Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade.
It took me 3 weeks to get that song out of my head.
I'll never forget my first week back after vacation. Back then, I was the anchor man on my bowling team. It was the 10th frame, and I needed a double for the win. I'm set and ready to deliver, then WHAM! That damn song invades my head.
I shook the cobwebs out, but everybody thought it was hilarious. They were all dads too, so they understood my situation.
I do believe “It’s a small world....” is why I originally quit attending Disneyland in Anaheim, California. That damned tune keeps in the head for days, weeks, sometimes months before it can be shaken off. It’s like SuperLeech on the brain.
I recently watched a TV show about The Sherman Brothers. They wrote many,many songs we grew up with. “Winnie The Pooh”, “Mary Poppins”..etc. They fought with each other as they wrote and rarely visited each other outside the studio.
“Bobby Sherman”...... ;)
Interesting....sounds like Gilbert and Sullivan, who couldn’t stand one another and rarely met.
Great, now it won’t stop.
When I was a lad I served a term
As office boy to an Attorney’s firm.
I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,
And I polished up the handle of the big front door.
I polished up that handle so carefullee
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!
Embrace the pain!
A most ingenious paradox!
Weve quips and quibbles heard in flocks,
But none to beat this paradox!
After visiting Disney World with my young daughter 30 years ago that song still drives me nuts.
I once had a paradox, but I lost one; now I only have one dox.
I had kind of a funny experience...my wife and I went to DisneyWorld a few years back, and we did the whole place in one day (it was all we had)
We were nearly first in, and they kicked us out of a near empty parking lot. Ever see “Vacation” when the family gets out of the car, looks at the Grand Canyon and says after about two seconds “Okay...let’s go!” well, that was us in DisneyWorld.
One of the rides we went on, almost as a joke, was the “Small World” thing. We found it hilarious, but that insipid song played the whole time, and I thought as we climbed out of the boat “Boy, that was a close thing, I don’t think I could take many more stanzas of it.
As we truned to leave, I realized my sunglasses were missing, and that the case must have fallen out of my pocket into the boat.
I had to wait until that same boat came all the way through again, and I was ready to gouge my eardrums with an ice pick after listening to a “few” more repetitions of the song.
Another time, I was working a summer job at an insurance company, and this guy showing me around says “Watch this” as we approached a large room full of cubicles. As we entered, he began whistling (quietly) “It’s A Small World” as we walked through.
When we got to the other side, he stopped, grinned at me and turned to walk back the way we came.
It sounded like everyone was tunelessly humming the song!
Heck, I don’t wish the guy ill, I’m glad he made something out of it, but I sure don’t care for it.
When I was a teenager I went to Disney World with my parents. Mom talked me into the “Small World” ride even though I wanted to go to Space Mountain.
50 feet from the exit the ride broke down and we were stuck on it. For 2 hours. 2 seemingly endless hours with that God cursed song playing over and over and over and over again.
I didn’t make it to Space Mountain until 5 years ago when we took our son to Disney World. I still haven’t completely forgiven my mom for that.
My favorite work by the Shermans would be “The Slipper and the Rose,” the elaborate non-Disney musical version of Cinderella. Of course, now when you watch it, you have to compartmentalize the fact that Richard Chamberlain is playing the prince.
No offence to Mr. Sherman and condolences to his friends and family but is there any way he can take those two f@#$#@’g songs with him?
Oh, you all hate “It’s a Small World?” How novel. How observant and clever and Seinfeld to seize on something universally known and beloved and to set set us all straight about how truly awful it really is. Just like “Jingle Bells.” Or ketchup. You’re mavericks, that’s what you are!
Richard and Robert Sherman were incredibly talented. Their contributions to Walt Disney’s work — who created and defined an artistic vision for America as much as any one person ever has — can’t be overstated. And when you don’t know that or dismiss it and get on the Disney-scoffing cognoscenti bandwagon — well, you’re just enabling the other side in the culture war. And the culture battlefield is where all battles are ultimately won or lost, as Andrew Breitbart observed.
By all means, let’s have tears and shirt-rending for Whitney Houston and Steve Jobs — the left liked them, too! — but that old man who wrote that irritating song? Let’s just mock him.
You dis the Sherman Brothers, you dis America!
I was at Disneyland in 1975. I was waiting to get on a ride, and the line took us near the Small World attraction. I was hearing the @#$%^&* song, over and over and over. For months, every time things got quiet, I heard that !@#$%^&* song rattling around my brain.
“Youre mavericks, thats what you are!”
We’re curmudgeons, and proud of it.
I iz so cornfused. < |:(~
A much better song to be remebered by, if you ask me.
You could say that about most things that have come from the "House of Mouse" since Walt assumed room temperature.
Otter: Point of parliamentary procedure!
Hoover: Don't screw around, they're serious this time!
Otter: [aside] Take it easy, I'm pre-law.
Boon: I thought you were pre-med.
Otter: What's the difference? [aloud] Ladies and gentlemen, I'll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guestswe did. [winks at Dean Wormer] But you can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick perverted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg: isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do what you you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!
[Leads the Deltas out of the hearing, all humming the Star-Spangled Banner]
Dean Wormer: You've done it this time buster! No more Delta! I'm calling the national office! I'm going to revoke your charter! And if you wiseguys do one more thing, one more, I'm going to kick you out of college! No more fun of any kind!
They are in their 80's and in good health, but at some point, my brothers and I are going to have to dispose of it.
So, how do we do it, legally, adhereing to EPA regulations, and without resorting to nuclear weapons, to make sure it is really destroyed and won't come back to haunt future generations?
The Sherman brothers were definitely great.
I still can’t stand “It’s a Small World.”
I had to reply as I am laughing about this. I, back when I was still relatively young, fit male, but now a family man, and (at the time) only one child, a precious daughter, rode the Small World ride at Disney in Florida over, and over, and over .I could not possibly count the number of times we rode it. It was my daughters favorite ride, and I am sure that over a week vacation we must have been on it at least 50 times, maybe close to 100.
Back in 1965 my 5th and 6th grade classes took field trips to NYC for the World’s Fair. They were awesome, fun trips, but I remember to this day getting that ‘Small World’ song stuck in my head. I think they were playing it over and over at a fake Belgian town or something...
Sorry to hear of Mr. Sherman’s passing. I think it was 1980 I was with my family at Disneyland and we were riding on the “It’s a Small World” boat ride and something happened. It came to an abrupt halt and we were trapped in our little boat in the ride for about 30 minutes and we must have listened to “It’s a Small World” in multiple languages at least 50 times. To this day when I hear that song I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and flashbacks to being trapped on that ride.
That goes without saying. The comments from the Curmudgeon Crowd (which includes me) are apparently being taken out of context by several readers. Our comments have been made with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
I'll never forget taking my kids to Disney World when they were 6 and 4, respectively (19 years ago...yikes!). To see the smile on my daughter's face as she was hugging Minnie Mouse, it still brings a joyous tear to my eye.
I've now been blessed with a grandson, and I'm looking forward to vacationing with him in a year or two.
Then I take it you wouldn't want to borrow my VHS copy of the parade to watch? I enjoyed that parade. My co-workers daughter was one of the dwarfs in it during the special California Adventure version of the parade.
The best parade at Disneyland that I enjoyed was the Lion King Parade.
Talented brothers. RIP.
Don't worry, my wife has everything from the last 25 years recorded! Thanks for the offer, though!
/60s tv reference