THE SWORD IN THE STONE (Theatrical Release USA 1963)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

The Sword in the Stone—a terrific Disney animated rendition of the ancient King Arthur legend—uses the narrative skills of Sebastian Cabot to open its story and lead into the fully developed characterizations of Wizard Merlin, Witch Mim, young Arthur, Arthur’s guardian, and his teachers. The movie, humorous and entertaining for the child and adult alike due to its more complicated script, presents a very entertaining work of Disney magic.

Storyline

According to this rendition of the Arthurian Legend, when England was without an heir, heaven sent down a sword, placed it in a stone, and predicted that heaven’s choice for heir to England’s throne would rest in the person able to remove the sword from the stone.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Wolfgang Reitherman. for directing efforts. Thank you to Producer Walt Disney for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Merlin (voice of Karl Swenson), Sir Ector (voice of Sebastian Cabot), Madam Mim/Old Lady Squirrel (voice of Martha Wentworth), Wart (voice of Rickie Sorensen), Little Girl Squirrel (voice of Ginny Tyler), Sir Kay (voice of Norman Alden), Wart (voices of Richard and Robert Reitherman), Sir Pellinore (voice of Alan Napier), and Archimedes (voice of Junius Matthews).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film has a wonderful musical score and is complicated enough to engage the adult mind.

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