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The Sword in the Stone (1963)

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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 English history.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Sir Ector / Narrator in opening sequence (voice)
... Merlin (voice)
Rickie Sorensen ... Wart (voice)
Junius Matthews ... Archimedes (voice)
... Little Girl Squirrel (voice)
... Madam Mim / Old Lady Squirrel (voice)
... Sir Kay (voice)
... 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 | england | knight | kingdom | boy | See All (121) »

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Just like magic and just for fun! (poster). See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La espada en la piedra  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,230,614, 25 March 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,182,353
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The only animated Disney movie from the 1960s not to have a Platinum DVD, a sequel, a TV show, or a live-action remake. 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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Minstrel: [singing] 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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Connections

References The Truth About Mother Goose (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marvelous Mad Madame Mim
(1963) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung by Martha Wentworth
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Lowbrow fun
15 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

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!


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