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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.