• The Sword in the Stone (1963)

The Sword in the Stone

Release Date: 1963

G |1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

This Disney adaptation of the classic fable chronicles King Arthur's humble beginnings. As an orphaned child, Arthur, who was then known as Wart, wants to help his foster brother, Kay, succeed in becoming a knight. While helping Kay train, Wart stumbles upon a cabin belonging to Merlin, a bumbling but talented wizard. Merlin does his best to convince the boy that he is bound for greatness, and when Wart and Kay travel to London to attend a jousting contest, they learn that Merlin was right.

Cast: Sebastian Cabot, Rickie Sorensen, Alan Napier, Karl Swenson, Norman Alden, Barbara Jo Allen, Junius Matthews, Ginny Tyler

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Genres: Animated , Children , Fantasy

Keywords: Underdog , Rise , London , Amusing ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Bosley CrowtherThe New York Times

    The picture makes an eye-filling package of rollicking fun and thoughtful common sense. The humor sparkles with real, knowing sophistication. show more

  • 60
    William ThomasEmpire

    Disney’s adaptation of the first book in T. W. White’s colourful Arthurian trilogy The Once And Future King (which also served as the source for the musical Camelot) is formulaic matinee fare, competent and sprightly but undistinguished. show more

  • 70

    It emerges as a tasty confection. show more

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