Strap yourselves in, folks: In the wake of its billion-dollar amusement park-inspired Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Disney is bringing another classic attraction to the big screen — Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. The Disneyland staple (a ride itself based on a film based on the children's book The Wind in the Willows) is heading to theaters under the direction of filmmaker Pete Candeland, who will helm the as-yet unscripted CG/live-action adventure. I don't know about you, but I take one look at this Mr. Toad's ride poster and just one spot on the release calendar jumps out. How's about April 20 2013/14, if you get my drift? [Deadline]
Over the course of his career, Robert B. Sherman and his brother Richard wrote some of the most endearing and indelible songs tied to the Disney legacy, including their "It's a Small World (After All)" theme park ditty and the music for Mary Poppins that earned them two Academy Awards. In honor of the elder Sherman, who passed away this week at the age of 86, let's traipse down memory lane and revisit some of the Sherman Brothers' most enduring contributions.