The Sword in the StoneDirector: Wolfgang Reitherman
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1963's The Sword in the Stone is Disney's animated take on Arthurian legend. In the midst of the Dark Ages, when England has no rightful ruler, a sword imbedded in a stone mysteriously appears in a London churchyard, bearing the inscription "Whoso pulleth out the sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of England." Scores of would-be kings travel to London to attempt the feat and thereby claim the throne. They all fail. Years later, in the English countryside, an 11-year-old squire nicknamed Wart (Rickie Sorensen) is devotedly helping his incompetent foster brother, Kay (Norman Alden), train to become a knight, when he meets the great magician Merlin (Karl Swenson). The well meaning, but absentminded, wizard declares himself Wart's mentor and claims that he will lead the boy to his destiny. Spirited and full of spunk, Wart (whose real name is Arthur) approaches Merlin's lessons with the same determination that he applies to Kay's hopeless training and to the monotonous chores he is assigned by his guardian. He soon finds himself accompanying Kay to London for a jousting tournament that will determine England's new king. There, Wart forgets to bring Kay's weapon to the joust, but finds an abandoned sword in a nearby churchyard -- which he effortlessly pulls out of a stone. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio
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Cast & Crew
|Sebastian Cabot||Sir Ector|
|Alan Napier||Sir Pelinore|
|Karl Swenson||Merlin the Magician|
|Barbara Jo Allen||Scullery Maid [uncredited]|
|Martha Wentworth||Mad Madame Mim,Granny Squirrel,Voice Only|
|Mello Men||Voice Only|
|George Bruns||Score Composer|
|Ken Anderson||Art Director|
1. Opening Credits
2. "The Legend of the Sword in the Stone"
3. Wart Drops in for Tea
4. "Higitus Figitus"
5. At Sir Ector's Castle
6. Big News From London
7. Magical Education for Wart
8. "That's What Makes the World Go Round"
9. A Medieval Assembly Line
10. "A Most Befudding Thing"
11. Meanwhile, Back at the Castle...
12. Archimedes Takes Over Wart's Education
13. Wart Tries His Wings
14. Madam Mim
15. The Duel of the Wizards
16. Wart Is Made a Squire
17. King Arthur
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Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers
Disney Song Selection
"The Legend of the Sword in the Stone"
"That's What Makes the World Go Round"
"A Most Befuddling Thing"
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Games & Activities: Merlin's Magical Academy
"All About Magic" (Excerpt)
The Sword in the Stone Scrapbook
A Knight for a Day
The Brave Little Tailor
English for the Hearing Impaired
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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.
This is a replacement for our VCR tape. We're tired of rewinding it for all the times we watch it.
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.
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.