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The Sword in the Stone (1963)

A poor boy named Arthur learns the power of love, kindness, knowledge and bravery with the help of a wizard called Merlin in the path to become one of the most beloved kings in England history.

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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)
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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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Tired of living in a Medieval mess...Merlin uses all his magic powers to change a scrawny little boy into a legendary hero! See more »


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Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La espada en la piedra  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Many elements of Sleeping Beauty (1959) have been recycled into films such as The Sword in the Stone (1963), which reuses opening credit backgrounds and various animation sequences. The two most noticeable are the owl from the forest scene, who would inspire Archemedes, and Malificent in dragon form, which led to Madam Mim in dragon form. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the entire film Wart's voice keeps on changing from being child like to adult like. One of the easiest spots to notice this is in the throne room towards the end when Wart is trying to get somebody else to take his place. He says "Oh! Archimedes I wish Merlin were here" in his adult voice, then the camera goes to a distant view and he calls "Merlin, Merlin" in his child voice. 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

That's What Makes the World Go Round
(1963) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung by Karl Swenson with Rickie Sorensen
Reprised by Rickie Sorensen
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Not much plot but great for little kids.
21 July 2004 | by (Roslyn, SD) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite Disney films. The lyrics of the songs are clever and memorable. Who can forget "Hockety Pockety Wockey Wack?"

The characters are also very entertaining. The idea of Merlin as a clutz is unique to this version of the story. Archimedes also offers several laughs.

Though there isn't much of a plot, the development of character makes this film very entertaining.

My four year old sister loved the film. She has already watched it at least a dozen times, and I only checked it out from the library three days ago. Modern Disney bores her. I've found that young children can't sit through "Beauty and the Beast" or "Mulan." This older style of Disney catches attention and entertains.


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