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The Sword in the Stone (1963)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  25 December 1963 (USA)
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The wizard Merlin teaches a young boy who is destined to be King Arthur.

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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 All (43) »

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25 December 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La espada en la piedra  »

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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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Trivia

Although Walt Disney never knew it, he himself was character designer Bill Peet's model for Merlin. Peet saw them both as argumentative, cantankerous, playful and very intelligent. Peet also gave Merlin Walt's nose. See more »

Goofs

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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Version of Knights of the Round Table (1953) See more »

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Mad Madame Mim
(1963) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung by Martha Wentworth
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For every laugh, there should be a tear
22 January 2006 | by (Moisburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

This movie is another proof of the high quality of the classic Disney films. Today feature films are quite funny too... but they based mostly on simple, crude jokes and spoofing of other topical movies (remember the bullet time-spoof in "Shrek"). There is no substance to think about in it. You can see them, laughing about them...and forgot them almost completely a few years later. Who will remember, i.e., "Ice Age" or "Madagascar" in 40, 50 or 60 years? The old Disney classics are different, there are timeless! "The Sword in the Stone" contains a lot of joyful gags too, but no gag stands above the characters, no joke was made only to fill a hole in the plot. The story, the plot, and the characters are primary. And Disney add not only joyful gags. As Walt himself once said: "For every laugh, there should be a tear." Disney take children always quite seriously, and a lot of his early films contains a lesson for life, sometimes the lesson can be very sad and cruel, like in "Bambi", sometimes lesser sad, like in "The Sword in the Stone"... but can anybody forget the cute little girl squirrel, that was left by Wart, desperately crying and with a broken heart? And Merlin's closing words about love: "Well, yes, in its own way... yes, I'd say it's the most powerful force on Earth"!

This is one of the main ingredient of the famous Disney Magic: Joy and tragedy! Another is the art of hand drawn animation. The quality of the animation went downwards at Disney after WW-II too, slowly, but surely. But in 1963 cel-animation was still on a high level. Not so good as in the golden Era, when "Fantasia", "Pinocchio" or especially "Bambi" set the utmost high standards of perfectionism, but quite better than in "Hercules", "The Lion King" or "The Rescuers down under". 7 of 10 stars for "The Sword in the Stone"! It is not the best of all Disney films, but quite better and deeper than the most of the modern CGI movies!


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