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The Sword in the Stone (1963)

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The wizard Merlin teaches a young boy who is destined to be King Arthur.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sir Ector / Narrator in opening sequence (voice)
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Merlin (voice)
Rickie Sorensen ...
Wart (voice)
Junius Matthews ...
Archimedes (voice)
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Little Girl Squirrel (voice)
Martha Wentworth ...
Madam Mim / Old Lady Squirrel (voice)
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Sir Kay (voice)
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Sir Pellinore (voice)
Richard Reitherman ...
Wart (voice)
Robert Reitherman ...
Wart (voice)
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Storyline

Arthur (aka Wart) is a young boy who aspires to be a knight's squire. On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for Wart beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give Wart an education (whatever that is), believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere. Needless to say, it doesn't quite work out that way. Written by Tim Pickett <quetzal@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au>

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merlin | squire | castle | wizard | fall | See more »

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It's HIGITUS-FIGITUS for magical mirth and music! See more »


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Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La espada en la piedra  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.75 : 1
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The first Disney animated feature with songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. See more »

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In the scenes where it is raining outside Merlin's room at Sir Ector's castle, whenever Merlin steps in front of the window you can see the matte used to superimpose the live-action rain silhouetted over him. See more »

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[first lines]
Minstrel: A legend is sung, of when England was young, and knights were brave and bold. The good king had died, and no one could decide who was rightful heir to the throne. It seemed that the land would be torn by war, or saved by a miracle alone. And that miracle appeared in London town: The Sword in the Stone.
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Soundtracks

A Most Befuddling Thing
(1963) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung by Karl Swenson
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Great Animation
6 July 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I only had very vague recollections of this movie until I watched it again just recently and I've decided this is kind of an underrated film.

I'm not all that familiar with the original story of the Sword in the Stone aside from the obvious more famous bits but I imagine the story guys on this movie took a lot of liberties. When it comes right down to it the plot is little more than a lot of fluff to fill running time until Arthur AKA Wart gets to the sword. Fluff or not though the film's entertaining enough and allows for the great animation that I found to be the stand out quality here.

I'm an animator myself so maybe this means more to me than the average audience, but the character animation on Merlin and Madam Mim can easily go head to head with Disney's more highly regarded classics and the use of effects is remarkable (in classical animation, effects refer to any animation that's not a character i.e. water, smoke, fire, dust etc.) Everything from rain storms to pixy dust is masterly handled and adds a whole layer of wonder to the whole thing. The highlight for me was a showdown between Merlin and Mim in which they morph into a variety of creatures to battle one another and no morph looks the same twice.

This is just light hearted entertainment. It's definitely geared more for kids but if you're an animation fan it's worth watching for that alone.


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