The sword in the stone

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Call number: Youth-DVD Disney Sword

Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Pittsfield Youth

Additional Details

Based on the book by T.H. White.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1963.

Special features: Merlin's Magical Academy game; bonus movie shorts; Disney song selection; Music and magic: the Sherman Brothers.

Voices: Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Rickie Sorensen, Junius Matthew, Ginny Tyler, Martha Wentworth, Norman Alden, Alan Napier, Richard Reitherman, Robert Reitherman.

The English king dies leaving no heir. In the churchyard of a cathedral in London, a sword appears imbedded in a stone. It is inscribed with a prophecy. Although many try, no one can budge the sword from the stone. Deep in the dark woods, Merlin the Magician begins to teach 11-year-old Arthur, who lives in the castle of Sir Ector where he's an apprentice squire to Sir Kay. Arthur learns the basic truths of life, but he also runs into the evil Madam Mim, who tries to destroy him. A great tournament is held in London to pick a new king. Arthur, attending as Kay's squire, forgets Kay's sword, and runs back to the inn to get it, but the inn is locked. Arthur, seeing the sword in the stone, innocently, and easily, pulls it out. When the knights marvel at the wondrous sword and question where he got it, Arthur has to prove himself all over again by pulling the sword from the stone.

DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.

Contents: Sword in the stone.

Reviews & Summaries

Community Reviews


i liked this movie it was magical and funny i had never seen it because it didnt blow up like the lion king but this movie should have blown up it was good


cute movie


There's something truly magnificent in the classic Disney animated features which, while I realized existed, is even more striking than I’d realized. I don’t believe that one style or method is better than the other; all media have their ideal stories to tell, and all stories are told differently depending on medium. But I experienced a pretty intense yearning for these more simple, honest images as I watched ‘The Sword in the Stone.’

It's tempting to equate the comparison with that between vinyl records and digital audio. While one may, according to all maths and technical ways of measuring, be superior, the older version has textures beyond the note, which speak to the method of creation and give meaning to process. It’s a beautiful thing to see, and made more so for being such a different beauty than the kind seen in Wall-E or Up. That doesn't mean that watching 'Sword' is only an exercise in nostalgia or a study of historical animation. It’s great fun and contains a surprising amount of humor of an unexpected variety. It’s not zany, it’s not wacky, but it might be a seedling to those trees, particularly in light of the otherwise epic nature of the tale being told.

While not one of Disney’s most put-together storylines, adults and kids alike will enjoy the humor and artistry, and there are plenty of wholesome messages about the power of education, human potential, and sticking with it through the rough patches, all perfect messages for today.

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