The Sword In The Stone (1963)

WOLFGANG REITHERMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1963.  Walt Disney Productions.  Story by , based on the book by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Animated adventure that tells the Disneyfied version of the legend of King Arthur, concentrating mostly on his boyhood life as a squire and his tutelage under the magical guidance of the wizard Merlin, before the mythical moment when he removes the sword Excalibur from the stone that houses it. It concerns itself more in having a good time than actually paying tribute to any real folklore, so don’t expect anything that someone over the age of ten can really appreciate, but it is colourful and fun.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Scoring of Music-Adaptation or Treatment

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