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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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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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sword | owl | castle | wizard | boy | See All (121) »

Taglines:

Just like magic and just for fun! (poster). 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:

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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Disney animated feature made under a single director. Previous features were directed either by three or four directors, or by a team of sequence directors under a supervising director. The man hired for the job was veteran animator Wolfgang Reitherman (one of the fabled Nine Old Men), who would direct all of the Disney features up until the 1980's. See more »

Goofs

When Pelinore enters the castle, he takes the glove off his left hand. When he's passing Wart, however, his right hand is the one that is bare. Immediately afterwards the bare hand switches back to his left. 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 The Disney Family Album: Frank Thomas (1985) 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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maybe not one of the 'great' Disney films, but it is quite the entertainer
10 January 2006 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

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.

Alakazam!


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