The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone

Wolfgang Reitherman (1963)

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Getting a mixed reception on its release, this feature-length cartoon account of young King Arthur's magical misadventures from Disney is now considered the definitive version of TH White's novel. There are lacklustre songs by the Sherman brothers, but the film makes good use of its limited animation techniques (Disney was on a cost-cutting drive at the time) in relating the legend of Arthur, here nicknamed Wart, and the valuable life lessons taught to him by wizard Merlin. Memorable sequences include Wart's transformation into a fish to witness the wonders of the underwater world (shades of The Little Mermaid to come) and him joining a battle between two duelling sorcerers before pulling Excalibur out of the stone and claiming his rightful inheritance.


Disney animated adventure about King Arthur's first childhood encounter with the absent-minded magician Merlin in a forest. The kindly wizard takes the youngster under his wing and teaches him the ways of the world - leading to an incident with a crazed witch and the event that will change the future king's life for ever. With the voices of Rickie Sorenson, Karl Swenson and Martha Wentworth.

Cast & Crew

Wart Rickie Sorensen
Sir Ector Sebastian Cabot
Merlin, the magician Karl Swenson
Archimedes Junius Matthews
Kay Norman Alden
Mad Madame Mim / Granny Squirrel Martha Wentworth
Sir Pelinore Alan Napier
Director Wolfgang Reitherman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's