Sad Secret Revealed of Disney’s Oscar Winning Composer

The Sherman Brothers
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The Walt Disney Company is celebrating 100 years of animation in big ways. The Disney100 celebration has been going on with limited-time merchandise, events, and entertainment all across The Walt Disney Company. The most recent celebration aired on ABC this past Sunday, encompassing all of Disney’s animation. A brand new short was released called Once Upon a Studio (2023), featuring not some but all of our favorite Disney characters.

The short, now available on Disney+, paid homage to The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney, and many others who had a helping hand in the last 100 years. As any Disney fan knows, The Walt Disney Company was much more than just Walt and an idea. Walt Disney worked tirelessly to create his visions through animation. With the help of animators, Disney’s animations became some of the classic films we know and love. The original animators were known as the Nine Old Men in the 1950s. The group was composed of Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, John Lounsbery, Marc Davis, Ward Kimball, Woolie Reitherman, Les Clark, Eric Larson, and Milt Kahl, as shown below.

Disney's Nine Old Men

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Once Upon a Studio stars none other than Mickey Mouse and his friends, along with the rest of the important Disney characters that made the last 100 years so special. Walt Disney once stated, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse,” and it truly has not been forgotten. Mickey Mouse, as the main character of the short, pays a special tribute to Walt, who was a real tear-jerker. As if a short including all of the most iconic characters wasn’t enough, the sweet moment between Mickey and Walt Disney’s picture could make any Disney fan emotional.

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Though that part of the short is a straight shot to your heart, there is another nod to someone important within the Disney community you may not have picked up on.

‘Once Upon a Studio’ Sweet Mickey Mouse Moment

As Mickey Mouse stares up at his old friend, the song Feed the Birds from the classic film Mary Poppins (1964) is subtly playing in the background. Written by the Oscar-award-winning Sherman brothers, the song was apparently one of Walt’s favorites. The TikTok below explains the somber song playing in the background and why it was chosen for the short.


Once Upon A Studio is a love letter to Disney fans and is now available to watch on Disney+. Here’s my favorite story about this animated short which I learned at Destination D23. What was your favorite moment from this new short? oonceuponastudioddisney1001100yearsofdisneyddisneycharactersddisneyanimationd#disneymovies

♬ Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) – Walt’s Piano

If the short wasn’t enough to bring you to tears, this loving story likely just did! Cue the tissues, please! Being one of Walt’s favorite songs, it is even more special to learn about this extra touch for Disney100. When asked to be a part of the short, Richard recounted creating the song and Walt’s love for it. “I think Walt had a very deep-rooted feeling about this song; he could understand what we were saying. It doesn’t take much to give love, to give kindness, to give thought to people,” Richard explains. “Giving a little something of yourself… it doesn’t take much to do that,” he said.

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The Sherman Brothers were known for this lullaby, but also other popular songs in the Mary Poppins film. “Richard and Robert Sherman are probably best known for their work on Mary Poppins, for which they won two Oscars®: best score and best song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Another of their songs from the film, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” became a pop hit, entering the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1965,” D23 added.

The Sherman Brothers and Walt Disney

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It’s so special to see the celebration come together as it did with Once Upon a Studio. More so, seeing the love for Disney come full circle. It’s extra unique to have someone as talented and as important in the making of The Walt Disney Company play yet another large role at such a pivotal point for the company.

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About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.