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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.

Directors:

Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

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

wizard | sword | owl | orphan | castle | See All (131) »

Taglines:

The Untold Legend of Young King Arthur and Merlin, the Madcap Magician! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Sebastian Cabot, as Sir Ector, says "Hold it, Kay!" to prevent Sir Kay from doing something stupid. Four years later, in The Jungle Book (1967), he says "Hold it, Kaa!" in the same cadence, to prevent Kaa from eating Mowgli. See more »

Goofs

When Archimedes is teaching Arthur to write the alphabet, there is a point when Arthur moves to talk to Merlin and the "F" disappears. It then reappears in the next scene. 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

Referenced in The Knight Before Christmas (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Oak Tree
(1963) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung a bit by Sebastian Cabot and Alan Napier
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Lowbrow fun
15 January 2004 | by R_O_U_SSee 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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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sword in the Stone See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,230,614, 27 March 1983

Gross USA:

$12,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,000,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Dolby Stereo (1983 Re-Release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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