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The Sword in the Stone (1963) Movie Information

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Wolfgang Reitherman


Sebastian Cabot
Rickie Sorensen
Karl Swenson
Junius Matthews
Ginny Tyler
Martha Wentworth





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A humble young squire named Arthur allies himself with the powerful magician Merlin and discovers his destiny. No one would have guessed that a sword trapped in a churchyard stone would transform Arthur into England's next king.

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Farnood 04/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


a very normal Arthur story

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Snoogans 11/29/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Animated fantasy that is light on plot, but not on fun. It's a short and sweet fable, with the right amount of early Disney flair. Merlin is a memorable character.

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mitchellyoung 10/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Forgotten Disney film for good reason. It's a sometimes boring and sugarcoated retelling of the Arthur legend that possesses neither especially interesting visuals or music - the two staples of a good Disney animated classic.

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Chris Kavan 12/19/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Though many consider this a lesser Disney entry, I consider it just as good as many because it's about Arthurian legend, and moreso The Once and Future King, one of my favorite books, even if it does take much liberty with the story.

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06/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

What it lacks in story is mostly made up by humor

The Sword In The Stone is a major disappointment. It's by no means a bad film, it's just disappointing. What I expected to be an origin film was really just a silly film about a boy with a wizard for a teacher.

Don't let the title deceive you, this is not a movie about a sword in a stone, it's about a skinny young boy named Arthur- whom everyone calls Wart- who has a rather ruthless and obnoxious father and older brother. While hunting with his older brother, Kay, Wart discovers a wizard named Merlin and his frumpy owl, Archimedes. Merlin is convinced that it is his job to tutor the boy, and that's all there is to it.

There's not nearly enough plot to last even the short 79 minute run time. This might've worked as a 15 minute short film, but as a feature length film, The Sword In ...

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