Did you know that Robert Sherman was born today in 1925? He composed music and songs for theater plays, movies, and more. Robert Sherman and his brother wrote songs for movies such as Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Charlotte’s Web. Their most famous song was written for a ride at the UNICEF pavilion at the 1964 New York’s World Fair. Initially the ride was called, “Children of the World”, but Walt Disney was so delighted by the song the Sherman brothers wrote, that the ride was renamed after the song – “It’s a Small World (After All)”.
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When Robert Sherman was 16, he wrote a play Armistice and Dedication Day. It showed how lives changed following the attack n Pearl Harbor. The play earned thousands of dollars for War Bonds. Robert Sherman received a special citation from the War Department for his achievement.
During World War II, Robert Sherman asked for and received permission from his parents to join the army a year early, when he was just 17. After two years of service, he was shot in the knee; this injury would force him to walk with a cane for the rest of his life. Sherman received the Purple Heart and other medals for his service to the country.
Robert Sherman’s father was also a songwriter. After Robert Sherman returned from serving during World War II, Robert’s father challenged Robert and his brother to write songs together.
The music that was initially planned for the “Children of the World” ride was initially a collection of national anthems. However, the result was discordant, a cacophony. Disney wanted the Sherman brothers to write a song that could be easily translated into many languages, and could be sung in a round. Initially “It’s A Small World” was presented to Walt Disney as a slow ballad. However, Disney was looking for something more cheerful. The Sherman brothers sped up the tempo and created the song that became instantly popular and well-loved.
Robert Sherman also painted.
In 2008, Robert Sherman and his brother Richard received the National Medal of Arts, an award created by the Congress of the United States and presented by the President of the United States.
Robert Sherman and his brother Richard Sherman also received a “Window on Main Street” in Disneyland. This is one of the highest honors a Disney ‘cast member’ can receive. These windows appear to be part of fictional businesses, but aside from the names painted on the window, they also allude to a hobby or interest of the person honored. Their window shows the title “Two Brother Tune-Makers” and has a picture of a piano.