The emotional weight of the scene featuring the song “Feed the Birds” is based on the fact that it was Walt Disney’s personal favorite song. According to the real Sherman Brothers, Walt would call them into his office to play the song when he felt depressed. It got to the point that he would call them in and simply say, “Play it,” and they’d know what he wanted. According to Richard M. Sherman, Walt felt that the song was a perfect summation of why he created Walt Disney Pictures in the first place.
The song, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” in Mary Poppins was inspired by the Sherman brothers’ (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) father, Al Sherman who made kites for neighborhood kids as a weekend hobby. In the film, the broken kite represents the broken family. When Mr. Banks mends the kite and the four pieces are taped back together, the four members of the family are also reunited. By transforming her “suffragette ribbon” into the kite’s tail, Mrs. Banks also commits herself to being there more for her family.
The emotional weight of the scene featuring the song “Feed the Birds” in Saving Mr. Banks is based on the fact that it was Walt Disney’s personal favorite song. According to the real Sherman Brothers, Walt would call them into his office to play the song when he felt depressed. It got to the point that he would call them in and simply say, “Play it,” and they’d know what he wanted. According to Richard M. Sherman, Walt felt that the song was a perfect summation of why he created Walt Disney Pictures in the first place.
P.L. Travers never forgave Walt Disney for what she saw as vulgar and disrespectful adaptation of her “Mary Poppins” novels, unlike Saving Mr. Banks. In 1994, thirty years after the release of Mary Poppins, stage producer Cameron Mackintosh (Cats, Les Misérables, Oliver!, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon) approached Travers about a musical theatre version of her work. The author initially refused, citing the film as a reason why she would never again allow an adaptation of her “Mary Poppins” series. After several meetings, the author relented, though when Mackintosh suggested using the songs from the Walt Disney film in the production, Travers again balked. After much more pleading, Mackintosh convinced Travers to allow a stage production with the songs from the film on the strict proviso that no Americans participate in the development, and further that no one involved with the film version–including original film composers Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, both of whom were still alive and working in 1994–could participate. Mackintosh proceeded with development of the stage adaptation for several years without any involvement from Disney, per Travers’ wishes, though after the author’s death in 1996, the Walt Disney Company was allowed some degree of creative involvement and went on to co-produce the musical with Mackintosh.
The Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) came up with the idea of Mrs. Banks being involved in the suffragette cause to explain why she should be so neglectful of her children in Mary Poppins.
Not only was “Feed the Birds" Walt Disney’s favorite song in Mary Poppins, but it is said that anytime he visited the Sherman brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) during the rest of his life, all he would have to do was say, "Play it,” and they knew he wanted to hear “Feed the Birds”.
The Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman), whose father wrote the big Chevaliar hit “Living in the Sunlight, Loving in the Moonlight”, talked Maurice Chevalier out of retirement to sing the title song.
In the beginning credits, they show that the song She Never Felt Alone by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman is in the movie - but the song never played in the film. The first part was supposed to be played before the lawyer came into the bedroom that the will was created at by the old woman, and the second part was supposed to play when Duchess explaining to Thomas why she has to return to Paris.
The chorus performing as the animated Pearly Band in Mary Poppins during “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” was comprised of songwriter Richard M. Sherman, vocal coach J. Pat O'Malley and Julie Andrews.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is the last feature film that longtime Disney studio songwriters Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote songs for until The Tigger Movie, although they briefly returned in the early 1980s to write songs for EPCOT Center.