Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone

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Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Cast: Wolfgang Reitherman, Norman Alden, Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews

     
 

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Disney's take on Arthurian legend, The Sword in the Stone comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. The generous supplemental materials include five cartoon

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Disney's take on Arthurian legend, The Sword in the Stone comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. The generous supplemental materials include five cartoon shorts featuring beloved characters like Goofy and Mickey Mouse, a still frame gallery from the film, karaoke versions of some of the film's memorable songs, and a behind-the-scenes look at the film. Unlike many family-oriented titles, this DVD offers materials that make it as appealing to parents as it is to children.

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The Sword in the Stone is the first solo directorial effort of famed Disney animator Wolfgang Reithermann. The lackluster animation and unimpressive musical numbers disappointed audiences upon the film's initial opening, but its tale of a stout-hearted child destined for greatness proved timeless as it lured scores of Disney fans to theaters upon its several re-releases. Based on the first book of T.H. White's tome The Once and Future King, the film blurs Arthur's story, but makes the legend accessible to very young children. If the movie's animation is not up to par, the remarkable and eccentric characters well make up for it. The skinny, bowlegged Wart (Rickie Sorenson) is as much a hero as his predecessors, the wooden Pinocchio and the big-eared Dumbo. Moreover, Merlin's (Karl Swenson) skeptical sidekick, the scholarly owl Archimedes (Junius Matthews), as well as his wacky nemesis, the sorceress Mad Madam Mim (Martha Wentworth), make the film as colorful as any of its state-of-the-art cartoon counterparts.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2001
UPC:
0717951008671
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:19:00

Special Features

Fully restored and remastered; "Knight for a Day" animated short starring Goofy; "Brave Little Tailor" animated short starring Mickey Mouse; "Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers" including the deleted song "The Magic Key" never before released; "All About Magic" 1957 TV show hosted by Walt Disney; "The Sword in the Stone Scrapbook" still-frame galleries; Film facts: A behind-the-scenes exclusive; Singalong version of favorites "Higitus Figitus" and "That's What Makes the World Go Round"; All-new Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soundtrack; Full-screen [1.33:1]; French and Spanish tracks

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Norman Alden Kay
Sebastian Cabot Sir Ector
Junius Matthews Archimedes
Alan Napier Sir Pelinore
Rickie Sorenson Wart
Karl Swenson Merlin the Magician
Barbara Jo Allen Scullery Maid [uncredited]
Martha Wentworth Mad Madame Mim,Granny Squirrel,Voice Only
Mello Men Voice Only

Technical Credits
Wolfgang Reitherman Director
Hal Ambro Animator
George Bruns Score Composer
Donald Halliday Editor
Milt Kahl Animator
Ken Anderson Art Director
Hal King Animator
Eric Larson Animator
John Lounsbery Animator
Dick Lucas Animator
Cliff Nordberg Animator
Bill Peet Screenwriter
Frank Thomas Animator

Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits. [:02]
2. The Legend Of The Sword In The Stone. [1:38]
3. Wart Drops In For Tea. [1:38]
4. "Higitus Figitus." [1:38]
5. At Sir Ector's Castle. [1:55]
6. Big News From London. [5:05]
7. A Magical Education For Wart. [2:07]
8. "That's What Makes The World Go Round." [1:58]
9. A Medieval Assembly Line. [4:12]
10. "A Most Befuddling Thing." [1:05]
11. Meanwhile, Back At The Castle... [4:02]
12. Archimedes Takes Over Wart's Education. [2:51]
13. Wart Tries His Wings. [1:57]
14. Madam Mim. [3:27]
15. The Duel Of The Wizards. [1:59]
16. Wart Is Made A Squire. [5:40]
17. King Arthur. [1:01]

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The Sword in the Stone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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A perfect blend of Science, Mythology, & Silliness for all ages. You can't go wrong with this selection. Both animation and script are first rate. The film addresses ethics, self determination, and class status without being boring or heavyhanded. Though the circumstances of the hero are sometimes dire, there is so much light hearted fun, especially with furry woodland criters and fantasic beast, that even the smallest children will be entertained. The picture is relatively short and fast paced. A must for any wellrounded children's animation library. Easily one of Disney's best.
toddlermom More than 1 year ago
This is a replacement for our VCR tape. We're tired of rewinding it for all the times we watch it.
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I'm not usually a big fan of Disney but this film was absolutely marvelous. I especially liked the part where Merlin insisted that an education was crutial for any young child(even in the dark ages) which was a consistent theme thoughout the whole film. Another part I thought was really cute was the part where Merlin told us of the forces of the Universe. I'd always thought there were only 4. That is, strong nuclear force, weak nuclear force, gravity and electomagnitism. The fifth I now know is LOVE or more simply put LIFE. Splendid film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cartoon is beautiful. I have watched it about 3000 times. I am in college and a lot of my friends love it. We watch it all the time. The characters are lovable, even the Mad Madame, Merlin's antagonist. I recommend this cartoon to everyone, whether you're 5 or 95. It is wonderful.