Richard Heart, Melody Maker of Generations of Disney Movies

Composer discusses bringing the story of Mary Poppins to life in the new movie, "Saving Mr. Banks."
3:00 | 12/13/13

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And finally tonight, a spoonful of music history. In the new movie saving mr. Banks, we learn about the making of the classic film mary poppins and the songs we know by heart. Tom hanks plays walt disney, who is the founder of our parent company, and emma thompson, the prickly author of mary poppins, somehow, the song writers win her over with their music and one of them is richard sherman, who is now 85 years old. And he's our person of the week. Here's abc's nick watt ♪ I wanna be like you ♪ Reporter: Ever wondered who wrote this or this? ♪ Chitty chitty bang bang ♪ Reporter: How about this? ♪ Chim chim cheree ♪ this man wrote the soundtrack to your childhood. Absolutely. Reporter: The man is richard sherman, who with his late brother robert fulfilled walt disney's dream of bringing mary poppins to the silver screen. He said, read this and tell me what you think. We cobbled together a concept. That got my heart racing when I saw it. Very touching that you like our songs. Reporter: Hanks plays walt disney in saving mr. Banks, there's richard sherman at the piano played by jason schwartzman. And emma thompson as mary poppins' cantankerous creator p.L. Travers. We played it up. Well, unmake it up. Reporter: Travers didn't like americans, cartoons, movies, music, walt disney himself. She didn't like much. Every time I tried to sing something, she would just dismiss it. Reporter: These are actual recordings of those painful sessions. It is integral to the book and to the story. Mary poppins will never be impolite to anybody. Reporter: Travers hated this. ♪ Super fragalistic ♪ Reporter: Julie andrews can still say supercalifragilistic backwards. You can say it backwards. Yes, I can. And julie andrews is the first person to ever, ever, ever say that. It was her idea. And you let me put it in. Well, I was thrilled, I said, thank you, I wrote that. ♪ A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down ♪ Reporter: The movie was a phenomenal success. 50 years later, richard sherman still lives and breathes a happy tune. ♪ there you go. So we great flee choose richard sherman, and we thank

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