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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.

Writers:

Bill Peet (story), T.H. White (based on the book by)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sebastian Cabot ... Sir Ector / Narrator in opening sequence (voice)
Karl Swenson ... Merlin (voice)
Rickie Sorensen Rickie Sorensen ... Wart (voice)
Junius Matthews Junius Matthews ... Archimedes (voice)
Ginny Tyler ... Little Girl Squirrel (voice)
Martha Wentworth ... Madam Mim / Old Lady Squirrel (voice)
Norman Alden ... Sir Kay (voice)
Alan Napier ... Sir Pellinore (voice)
Richard Reitherman Richard Reitherman ... Wart (voice)
Robert Reitherman 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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Plot Keywords:

sword | owl | castle | wizard | boy | See All (123) »

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Walt Disney's newest and most hilarious all-cartoon feature See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La espada en la piedra See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last film that Disney produced, since he died during the production of The Jungle Book (1967). 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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Alternate Versions

The UK DVD version omits part of Madam Mim's first line "Sounds like someone's sick. How lovely. I do hope it's serious. Something dreadful." She now says "Sounds like someone's sick. How lovely." See more »

Connections

Featured in S.V.P. Disney: Episode #1.10 (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Higitus Figitus
(1963) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung by Karl Swenson
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A lot of fun, but not among Disney's best
8 July 2011 | by RokurotaMakabeSee all my reviews

This is Disney's version of the legend of King Arthur and it represents an adaptation of T.H. White's children's story. Here, Arthur is a young boy who is unaware of his great destiny. He meets and befriends the great wizard Merlin who decides to give him a proper instruction and education in order to prepare him for his future.

The film has some great characters: Merlin the wizard and his intellectually trained owl Archimedes are particularly funny. The animation is very good, but this is Disney after all, so you would expect it to be like that. The film is definitely entertaining, but there are a few drawbacks as well. There are moments when it feels a little too similar to Disney's other animated features from that period. The film also incorporates a lot of plot elements from other Disney movies and the film is very predictable at times. In comparison to another Disney classic, "Sleeping Beauty", this film looks more like a secondary project.

"The Sword in the Stone" is nevertheless a good film and it is superior to many of Disney's modern efforts ("Hercules", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" or "Pocahontas" to name a few). It is very entertaining and definitely worth watching.

My rating: 7/10


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