The Sword in the Stone ()

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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... See more »


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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scullery Maid (uncredited) (voice)
Tiger and Talbot (uncredited)
Fred Darian ...
The Minstrel in opening sequence (uncredited) (voice)
James MacDonald ...
The Wolf / Tiger Madam Mim (roaring) (uncredited) (voice)
Knight in Crowd (uncredited) (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft ...
Black Bart (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Wolfgang Reitherman

Written by

Bill Peet ... (story)
T.H. White ... (based on the book by)

Produced by

Walt Disney ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

George Bruns ... (music)

Film Editing by

Donald Halliday ... film editor

Art Direction by

Ken Anderson

Production Management

Ken Peterson ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Dan Alguire ... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Hansen ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Robert O. Cook ... sound supervisor
James MacDonald ... sound effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Jack Boyd ... effects animator
Jack Buckley ... effects animator
Dan MacManus ... effects animator
Ub Iwerks ... special processes (uncredited)

Animation Department

Hal Ambro ... character animator
Dale Barnhart ... layout
Eric Cleworth ... character animator
Basil Davidovich ... layout
Al Dempster ... background
Vance Gerry ... layout
Don Griffith ... layout
Ralph Hulett ... background
Ollie Johnston ... directing animator
Homer Jonas ... layout
Milt Kahl ... character design / directing animator
Hal King ... character animator
Eric Larson ... character animator
Bill Layne ... background
John Lounsbery ... directing animator
Dick N. Lucas ... character animator (as Dick Lucas)
Fil Mottola ... background
Cliff Nordberg ... character animator
Bill Peet ... character design
Walt Peregoy ... background
Anthony Rizzo ... background
Sylvia Roemer ... layout (as Sylvia Cobb)
John Sibley ... character animator
Frank Thomas ... directing animator
Phyllis Barnhart ... painter (uncredited)
Don Bluth ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Les Clark ... animator (uncredited)
Retta Davidson ... assistant animator (uncredited)
John Ewing ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Tom Ferriter ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Fred Hellmich ... animator (uncredited)
Dorse A. Lanpher ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Floyd Norman ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Marilyn Pierson ... cel painter (uncredited)
Doris A. Plough ... assistant animator (uncredited)
Carmen Sanderson ... ink and paint (uncredited)
Walt Stanchfield ... animator (uncredited)
Art Stevens ... animator (uncredited)

Music Department

Evelyn Kennedy ... music editor
Franklyn Marks ... orchestrator
Richard M. Sherman ... songs
Robert B. Sherman ... songs
Fred Darian ... featured vocalist (uncredited) / singer (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Edmundo Santos ... lyrics: Spanish version (uncredited)

Other crew

Walt Disney ... presents
Betty Gossin ... secretary (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Merlin l'enchanteur (France)
  • Merlín el encantador (Spain)
  • Die Hexe und der Zauberer (West Germany)
  • Merlin und Mim (West Germany)
  • Mač u kamenu (Croatia)
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  • 79 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,751,997, 01 Apr 1983

Did You Know?

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, but playful and very intelligent. Peet also gave Merlin Walt's nose. This was the second instance in which Walt unknowingly served as model for a wizard, the first being the wizard Yensid from the Sorcerer's Apprentice in Fantasia (1940). This explains why the character was given the name Yensid. This read backwards is Disney. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Disney's Greatest Villains (1977). See more »
Soundtracks The Legend of the Sword in the Stone See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Merlin: Why, they might even make a motion picture about you.
Arthur: Motion picture?
Merlin: Oh. Heh-heh-heh, uh, well, uh, that's something like television... heh-heh... without commercials.
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