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Encyclopedia > The Sword in the Stone (1963 film)
This article is about the animated film. For the original novel, see The Sword in the Stone.
The Sword in the Stone
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by T.H. White (book)
Bill Peet (story)
Starring Sebastian Cabot
Karl Swenson
Rickie Sorensen
Junius Matthews
Music by George Bruns
Richard M. Sherman (songs)
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date December 25, 1963 (U.S. release)
Running time 79 minutes
Language English
Preceded by One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
Followed by The Jungle Book (1967)
IMDb profile

The Sword in the Stone is the eighteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. It was made and produced by Walt Disney Productions, and originally released to theaters on December 25, 1963 by Buena Vista Distribution. It was also the last animated feature released while Walt Disney was still alive. It is loosely based on the novel The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White. Based on Merlin's statement that The Times won't come out for another 1200 years, it is set around 600AD. The film was re-released in 1972 and 1983, and came to video-cassette in 1986, 1991, 1995, and 2000. Wikibooks has more about this subject: The Sword in the Stone This article is about the novel. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x712, 92 KB) Summary Poster of The Sword in the Stone (1963). ... Wolfgang Reitherman (June 26, 1909 - May 22, 1985) was a famed Disney animator and one of Disneys Nine Old Men. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Terence Hanbury White (May 29, 1906 - January 17, 1964) was a writer. ... Bill Peet (January 29, 1915 - May 11, 2002) was an artist and story writer for Disney Studios. ... Sebastian Cabot may refer to: Sebastian Cabot (1476-1557), Italian explorer Sebastian Cabot (1918-1977), British actor This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Burns in the 1950s. ... Robert B. Sherman (born December 19, 1925) and Richard M. Sherman (born June 12, 1928) are Academy Award-winning American songwriters, who specialize in musical film. ... The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group is a collection of affiliated motion picture studios, all subsidaries of The Walt Disney Company. ... December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 6 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... One Hundred and One Dalmatians (often shortened as 101 Dalmatians) is the seventeenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Jungle Book is the nineteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Animation refers to the technique in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... This is a list of animated feature films produced by Walt Disney Productions/The Walt Disney Company: Official canon The following is a list of the forty-four feature films officially part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) canon. ... Walt Disney Productions is the former name of The Walt Disney Company, which it held from 1929 to 1986. ... December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 6 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Buena Vista production logo, 1950s. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: The Sword in the Stone This article is about the novel. ... Terence Hanbury White (May 29, 1906 - January 17, 1964) was a writer. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom since 1785, and under its current name since 1788. ...

Contents


Plot

The plot follows the discovery and education of the future King Arthur (called "Wart" by his family) by Merlin. The two engage in a number of magical hijinks and transformations before Merlin leaves for Bermuda of the twentieth century. In the end, Arthur accidentally removes the titular sword from the stone and becomes King of England. Merlin returns to help him set up the Round Table. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s The 20th century lasted from 1901 to 2000 in the Gregorian calendar (often from (1900 to 1999 in common usage). ... In Japanese pop music, Round Table (officially ROUND TABLE) is a band that produces music mostly for Anime soundtracks. ...


Cast

  • Sebastian Cabot .... The Narrator/Sir Ector (voice)
  • Karl Swenson .... Merlin (The Powerful Wizard) (voice)
  • Rickie Sorensen .... Arthur (Wart) (voice)
  • Junius Matthews .... Archimedes the Owl (voice)
  • Ginny Tyler .... Little Girl Squirrel (voice)
  • Martha Wentworth .... Castle Scullery Maid/Fat Old Lady Squirrel/Madame Mim (voice)
  • Norman Alden .... Kay (voice)
  • Alan Napier .... Sir Pelinore (voice)
  • Richard Reitherman .... Unknown (voice)
  • Robert Reitherman .... Unknown (voice)
  • Thurl Ravenscroft .... Knight at Tournament (voice) (uncredited)

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Legacy

Some of the animation cels of Arthur walking through the dark forest to find Sir Kay's arrow were later recycled into a similar scene of Taran looking for Hen-Wen in The Black Cauldron. The Black Cauldron (also known as Taran and the Magic Cauldron in some countries) is the twenty-fifth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...


In the Squaresoft game, Kingdom Hearts, Merlin is found in Traverse Town and trains Sora to use magic. He also gives the traveling trio weapons after competing certain tasks in the game. In Kingdom Hearts 2, Merlin returns as a member of the "Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee;" however, his importance is only as a part the story, and does not directly affect the player. Due to his expertise in magic, he is often at odds with fellow committee member Cid Highwind, who is an expert in computers and technology. Square Co. ... Kingdom Hearts ) is a hybrid action-RPG that was released in 2002, which is notable for being the result of a collaboration between the video game developer and publisher Square and Disney. ... Traverse Town is a world in the Kingdom Hearts universe. ... Kingdom Hearts II is an RPG video game sequel to 2002 Kingdom Hearts. ... Maleficents Castle in Hollow Bastion from Kingdom Hearts 1 Hollow Bastion is a world in the Kingdom Hearts series. ... Cid Highwind is a playable character in Final Fantasy VII. He is part of a long tradition of Final Fantasy Cids. ...


Trivia

  • Just like previous English novels adapted into Animated features like Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan, the film recieved mixed reviews by critics. The public reacted differently, however,particularly because of the numerous references to the 1960's pop culture and the high humor.
  • The film, although not finacially successful or well remembered, has become a cult hit over the years.
  • Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston said that Milt Kahl's animation of Sir Kay and Sir Hector as "the best human figures ever done at the studio".
  • The climatic battle between Merlin and Mad Madam Mim is often cited by animation experts as some of the best character animation to that date. The characters Merlin and Mim go through numerous physical transformations, yet retain their definition of their character thoughout the battle.
  • This was the first animated feature that was scored by the Sherman Brothers.

Alice in Wonderland is the widely known and used title for Alices Adventures in Wonderland, a book written by Lewis Carroll -- as well as several movie adaptations of the book -- and is also the setting for several short stories. ... Statue of Peter Pan in St. ... Frank Thomas can refer to different people: Frank Thomas, the college football coach. ... Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. ... Milt Kahl is often considered the finest draughtsman of the Disney animators. ... The word Merlin may refer to: Merlin (wizard), the wizard, associated with King Arthur, or things concerning him: Prophetiae Merlini (The Prophecies of Merlin) by Geoffrey of Monmouth, later added into the Historia Regum Britanniae Vita Merlini, by the same author Merlin, a medieval poem by Robert de Boron Merlin... Robert B. Sherman (born December 19, 1925) and Richard M. Sherman (born June 12, 1928) are Academy Award-winning American songwriters who specialize in musical film. ...

See also

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References

External links

2000 DVD cover of The Sword in the Stone.
2000 DVD cover of The Sword in the Stone.


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Disney theatrical animated features
Official canon (Walt Disney Animated Classics)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) • Pinocchio (1940) • Fantasia (1940) • Dumbo (1941) • Bambi (1942) • Saludos Amigos (1942) • The Three Caballeros (1944) • Make Mine Music (1946) • Fun and Fancy Free (1947) • Melody Time (1948) • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) • Cinderella (1950) • Alice in Wonderland (1951) • Peter Pan (1953) • Lady and the Tramp (1955) • Sleeping Beauty (1959) • One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) • The Sword in the Stone (1963) • The Jungle Book (1967) • The Aristocats (1970) • Robin Hood (1973) • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) • The Rescuers (1977) • The Fox and the Hound (1981) • The Black Cauldron (1985) • The Great Mouse Detective (1986) • Oliver & Company (1988) • The Little Mermaid (1989) • The Rescuers Down Under (1990) • Beauty and the Beast (1991) • Aladdin (1992) • The Lion King (1994) • Pocahontas (1995) • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) • Hercules (1997) • Mulan (1998) • Tarzan (1999) • Fantasia 2000 (1999) • The Emperor's New Groove (2000) • Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) • Lilo & Stitch (2002) • Treasure Planet (2002) • Brother Bear (2003) • Home on the Range (2004) • Chicken Little (2005) • Meet the Robinsons (2007) • American Dog (2008) • Rapunzel Unbraided (2009) This is a list of theatrical animated feature films produced and/or released by Walt Disney Productions/The Walt Disney Company: // Official canon (Walt Disney Animated Classics) The following is a list of the forty-eight feature films part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) canon, also known as... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first animated feature in the Disney animated features canon; the first animated feature in Technicolor. ... Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... Dumbo is the fourth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Bambi is the fifth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, originally released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on August 13, 1942 and produced by Walt Disney. ... Saludos Amigos is the sixth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Three Caballeros is a 1944 feature film, combining live-action and animation, produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. ... Make Mine Music is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on April 20, 1946. ... Fun and Fancy Free (first released on September 27, 1947) is a feature film produced by Walt Disney Studios and released by RKO Radio Pictures. ... Melody Time (first released on May 27, 1948) is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures. ... The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. ... Cinderella is the twelfth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Alice in Wonderland is the thirteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Peter Pan is the fourteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Lady and the Tramp is the fifteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... 1986 Sleeping Beauty rerelease poster. ... One Hundred and One Dalmatians (often shortened as 101 Dalmatians) is the seventeenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Jungle Book is the nineteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Aristocats is the twentieth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, released in 1970 from the Walt Disney studio. ... Robin Hood is an animated film produced by the Walt Disney Studios, first released in the United States on November 8, 1973. ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on March 11, 1977. ... The Rescuers is the twenty-third film in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Fox and the Hound is the twenty-fourth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Black Cauldron (also known as Taran and the Magic Cauldron in some countries) is the twenty-fifth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Great Mouse Detective (also known as The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective for its US reissue and Basil, the Great Mouse Detective in some countries) is the twenty-sixth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Oliver & Company is a 1988 animated feature film that was made and produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. ... The Little Mermaid is the twenty-eighth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Rescuers Down Under is the twenty-ninth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and was released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution on November 16, 1990. ... Beauty and the Beast is the thirtieth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Aladdin is the thirty-first animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, made and produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and released on November 25, 1992 by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... For the theatrical musical, see The Lion King (musical). ... Pocahontas is the thirty-third animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (also known as The Bells of Notre Dame in some countries) is the thirty-fourth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Hercules is the thirty-fifth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Mulan is the thirty-sixth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, made and produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and first released on June 5, 1998 by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... Tarzan is the thirty-seventh animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Fantasia 2000 is the thirty-eighth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Emperors New Groove is the thirty-ninth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Milo trying to convince scholars of Atlantis existence. ... Lilo & Stitch is an animated film and the forty-first film in the Disney animated features canon. ... Treasure Planet is the 42nd film in the Disney animated feature canon. ... Brother Bear is the forty-third animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Home on the Range is the forty-fourth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Chicken Little (2005) is a computer-generated imagery (CGI) animated film and the forty-fifth animated film made and produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution on November 4, 2005. ... Meet the Robinsons (formerly titled A Day with Wilbur Robinson) is a computer-animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ... American Dog is a CGI animated feature which will be produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, written and directed by Chris Sanders, and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution on an unknown date, expected to be spring or summer 2008. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...

Live-action films with animation

The Reluctant Dragon (1941) • Victory Through Air Power (1943) • Song of the South (1946) • So Dear to My Heart (1949) • Mary Poppins (1964) • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) • Pete's Dragon (1977) • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) • Enchanted (2007)
The Reluctant Dragon is a 1898 childrens book by Kenneth Grahame, which served as the key element to The Reluctant Dragon, a 1941 feature film from Walt Disney Productions. ... Victory through Air Power is a 1942 book by Alexander P. de Seversky, and a 1943 Walt Disney animated feature film movie based on the book. ... Song of the South is a feature film produced by Walt Disney Productions, released on November 12, 1946 by RKO Radio Pictures and based on the Uncle Remus cycle of stories by Joel Chandler Harris. ... So Dear to My Heart is a feature film produced by Walt Disney and originally released on January 19, 1949 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... Mary Poppins is a 1964 feature film based on the Mary Poppins series of childrens books written by P. L. Travers and illustrated by Mary Shepard. ... Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions, which combines live action and animation; it premiered on October 7, 1971. ... Petes Dragon (first released on November 3, 1977) is a musical feature film from The Walt Disney Company. ... Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film produced by Disney subsidiary Touchstone and Amblin Entertainment, that combines animation and live action. ... Enchanted is a Disney film currently in production. ...

DisneyToons Studio animated features

DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) • A Goofy Movie (1995) • Doug's 1st Movie (1999) • The Tigger Movie (2000) • Recess: School's Out (2001) • Return to Never Land (2002) • The Jungle Book 2 (2003) • Piglet's Big Movie (2003) • Teacher's Pet (2004) • Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp is a movie made by The Walt Disney Company that is based on the animated series DuckTales. ... A Goofy Movie is a 1995 animated feature, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation Paris and released to theatres by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution, featuring the characters from the Disney Afternoon television series Goof Troop. ... Dougs 1st Movie is a 1999 animated film based on the television series Disneys Doug. ... The Tigger Movie film poster The Tigger Movie is a 2000 film produced by The Walt Disney Company and directed by Jun Falkenstein. ... Return to Never Land is a 2002 animated feature produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... The Jungle Book 2 (first released in France on February 5, 2003) is an animated feature produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... Piglets Big Movie is a 2003 animated feature produced by the DisneyToon Studios in Tokyo, Japan and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... The Teachers Pet movie poster Teachers Pet is a 2003 animated film based on the television series of the same name. ... Poohs Heffalump Movie is an animated Winnie-the-Pooh movie released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2005. ...

Other theatrical animated features

Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons (1937) • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) • James and the Giant Peach (1996) • Dinosaur (2000) 
This film, simply called Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons, was limited released on May 19, 1937, to help promote the upcoming release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. ... Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 stop motion animated musical film about the inhabitants of Halloween Town who take over Christmas one year, directed by stop-motion animator Henry Selick. ... James and the Giant Peach is a film based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name. ... Dinosaur is a feature film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and released to movie theatres in 2000. ...


 
 

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