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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!
The 90 minute cartoon is in fact the first chapter of T.H. White's novel
Once and Future King. Made for the kids, Disney does it again taking a
classic story and adding fictional animal characters that can talk. Still,
Disney remains loyal to the story by keeping many of the characters in the
story including Kay, Sr. Pellinoire, and Sir Ector.
Worth watching twice with the family. An animated classic
The 18th animated Disney classic is among the most hilarious of all
time. It was never very popular, which is too bad, because it deserves
to be more known. However, like other forgotten Disney classics, it has
been winning a legion of fans with time.
"The Sword in the Stone" is almost at the same level of the 1960's and 1970's Disney classics when it comes to artwork. It was one of the last movies with the participation of Walt Disney himself.
"The Sword in the Stone" is Disney's version of the famous King Arthur's story. Disney tells this story with its personal touch and classic humor.
I don't know if the Disney version is totally faithful to the real story, but that's not the point.
Arthur, called "Wart" by Sir Ector (his adoptive father) and Kay (Sir Ector's son), is overworked and humiliated by them both. "Wart" is almost like a "Cinderella boy". But despite these problems, he remains optimistic and still dreams about being a great warrior and a knight's squire. Somehow "Wart" was the inspiration for the character Taran from "The Black Cauldron".
In the meantime, he meets the powerful but clumsy and hilarious wizard Merlin, who wants to give him education and culture. Merlin believes that pure strength means nothing when a person has no brain.
Together, Merlin and "Wart" live great adventures, funny moments and Merlin teaches everything he knows to "Wart". We mustn't forget the owl Archimedes too. The owl, as you know, is usually «the fountain of knowledge» on cartoons.
Archimedes is wise, intelligent, clever but also very lazy, very confident, grumpy and has a strong personality. That's what makes him so funny. In fact, both Merlin and Archimedes are a comic relief.
This film might take place in medieval times (which year is unknown). But it is one the funniest Disney classics ever, like "Pinocchio", "Aladdin", "Robin Hood" and "The Aristocats".
It has lots of hilarious moments which can make one get into uncontrollable laughter.
Let me mention some of them: the scenes with Merlin and the Granny Squirrel; the scene when the dishes wash themselves and Sir Ector and Kay get a "bath"; the scene when Kay brutally crashes with the castle's oldest tower; the part when the plane model gets stuck on Merlin's beird and Archimedes laughs so hysterically that he almost can't breathe; that part when Archimedes nearly shrinks inside his little house; the moments with the sugarpot...
I could go on, but it would take forever because there are so many hilarious moments.
The songs are clever and enjoyable, such as "The Sword in the Stone", "That's what makes the world go round" and especially "Higitus Figitus", my personal favorite.
I like this movie and I've gotta say that humor is, without a doubt, the strongest attribute of this movie.
This should definitely be on Top 250.
This very nice Disney Classic was based on the children's novel by TH
This was not yet that very well-known, heavy novel titled "the Once and
Future King" that so many later movies were based upon, but the
earlier version. Many agreed that the later novel has disfigured the
so that we may be thankful for the Disney version!
Though it does not quite follow the book (this is hardly possible, at times) it is a very good version as animated movies go. Not tedious, though of an age where children were meant to learn something from a movie...
A collectors item!
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
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.
I used to watch the Sword in the Stone quite a number of times as a
kid, and I know why later on in my years. It's actually quite a fun
little movie considering its a quasi-history lesson on how Arthur (aka
'Wart') became King of England. It includes Merlin, and his 'educated
Owl' Archamedes, and a whole lot of wacky adventures trying to get
Arthur, who can't read or write, into a mode of thought higher than how
he's been raised. For a Disney film, as well, it's also quite the
quotable film at times, with some lines and situations still sticking
out in my mind years later. For example, the sequence involving Arthur
and Merlin as squirrels in the trees, and a small lesson in love (or
lack thereof) a lady squirrel presents in the face of danger. Or the
story involving Arthur as a bird, trapped in the clutches of Madamn Mim
(maybe one of the funniest sequences in any Disney movie).
So, as one can figure from what I've described (if you haven't seen the film yet), it's fairly over-the-top, loaded with silly-songs (one of which a true charmer involving Merlin's proclivity for organizing a packing up of his house) and little lessons for kids. But it actually is also funny for adults too, I'd guess, or at least funny to watch along with the kids. It may not be in the absolute peek of the period in Disney films (one may try to look to the Jungle Book or Winnie the Pooh for that, or the underrated Aristocats), however I sometimes come back to this film in my mind. It has a catchy attitude that made being in the 'dark ages' as fun as possible- Archamedes in particular is maybe one of the great side-characters in any Disney film.
I'm really not much of a Disney fan, and a lot of their films I find are sentimental rubbish, to put it bluntly. This, however, is different. I remember watching this when I was little and finding it hilarious. I hadn't watched it for years until recently when my younger siblings borrowed some videos from a friend. I still find it funny. The animation's nothing amazing, it's done more or less in the style of 101 Dalmations, and the storyline is basic King Arthur stuff (but I do like King Arthur stories anyway). It's the humour that really makes it memorable and charming. The characters have personality, there are no bimbo princesses or princes, and I find myself warming greatly to Merlin and Arthur and even grumpy Archimedes. Well worth watching.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
''The Sword in the Stone'''is one of the classics from Disney that I
watched when I was a kid and probably the first movie I saw about the
Arthur's and Merlin's stories. Wart is a young boy who wants to be a
knight's squire. During a hunting trip,Wart meets Merlin, a great and
powerful wizard who sees in the boy the chance to give a great
education. Wart learns many of the truths of life with Merlin when he
become different types of animals. The problem is when Wart makes
contact with the evil witch Madam Mim, who will fight against Merlin in
a witch/sorceress battle.
Ps:I think it is pretty obvious to say that Wart will pulls the famous sword in the stone out of it, and will become the future King of England, thanks to his good,loyal and brave heart.
This isn't usually counted as being one of the top-ranking Disney films, but I insist on not being snobbish in this list, and remembering the films that brought me joy as a kid. Wart gets to be a squirrel, a bird and a fish during this film which plays fast and loose with Arthurian legend. Merlin is great, and his battle with Madam Mim the stuff of legend. It's not big, it's not clever, but it is fun!
The Sword and the Stone is a very relaxing movie to watch. In an animation, you want humour and emotion, and this movie had plenty of both. Most of the humour comes from Sir Ektor(voice of Sebastian Cabot) and Archimedes (voice of Junius Matthews), but Merlin (voice of Karl Swenson) had some truly delicious lines. I just love Archimedes, he is absolutely hilarious, and still manages to be likable, despite being very grumpy. The animation was lovely, and the scenes when Wart (voice of Ricky Sorenson)was an animal were truly entertaining. My personal favourite was the squirrel scene, but the duel of Merlin and Mim was the highlight of the film for me. The songs by the Sherman Brothers, while not particularly memorable, were very pleasant to listen to, as was the incidental music by the composer of the Jungle Book George Bruns. All in all, a truly enjoyable movie, that is definitely underrated. 9/10 from me. Bethany Cox
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