The Sword in the Stone

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

New! Merlin's magical academy game; Bonus movie shorts; Disney song selection; Music magic: The Sherman Brothers
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2008
  • UPC: 786936761627
  • Original Release: 1963
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / 45th Anniversary Edition
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD

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 Voice Only
Martha Wentworth Mad Madame Mim, Granny Squirrel,
The Mello Men
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
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sword in the Stone
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sword in the Stone
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Music & More
         Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers
         Disney Song Selection
            "The Legend of the Sword in the Stone"
            "Higitus Figitus"
            "That's What Makes the World Go Round"
            "A Most Befuddling Thing"
            Play Film With Lyrics On Screen: On
            Play Film With Lyrics On Screen: Off
      Games & Activities: Merlin's Magical Academy
      Backstage Disney
         "All About Magic" (Excerpt)
         The Sword in the Stone Scrapbook
         Film Facts
      Bonus Shorts
         A Knight for a Day
         The Brave Little Tailor
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1
         Français 5.1
         Español 5.1
      Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Français
         Español
         None
      Register Your DVD
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      Play All
      The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Lip Synchin' in the Rain
      The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
      The Secret of the Magic Gourd
      Phineas and Ferb
      Tinker Bell
      Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas
      101 Dalmations II: Patch's London Adventure
      Sleeping Beauty
      Disney Movie Rewards
      The Jungle Book 2: Special Edition
      Wall E
   Disney's Fast Play
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Teacher's Aid and Family Fun Too

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2002

    Good wholesome Fun

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    Wonderful Cartoon

    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.

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