The Sword in the Stone (1964)

Tired of living in a Medieval mess... Merlin uses all his magic powers to change a scrawny little boy into a legendary hero!

Wart is a young boy who aspires to be a knight's squire. On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for him beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give him an education, believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere. Needless to say, it doesn't quite work out that way.

Decent watch, probably won't watch again, and can't recommend.
Now it's been a while since I've seen this one, and now I remember why. There just isn't anything in the well in which to return. Sure all the magic is amusing, and the animal adventures are cute, as well as a nice reminder of how good we have it as humans, but I really feel like we ruined that squirrel's life, and I'm sad about it.
The actual story of the sword in the stone is very short, because it's not interesting: it's all the adventures that Arthur has growing the kingdom, establishing rule over (what would be) England, and his adventures as an adult king (most of which were his knights') to include warring with neighbors.
While the jocks versus nerds analogy through the movie is interesting, it feels polarizing, and the message of education / knowledge is mixed throughout the movie. Future references to the (1963) present just dates the movie and aren't all that funny, and it tells the audience that just because you have knowledge, doesn't mean you can use it. Then in the 3rd act, we start a controversy over having knowledge / skills can be used to better or worsen things, and other than inspiring Star Wars, I don't know what the point of it was.
My favorite part was when Archimedes got to laugh: he seemed like he really needed it.

Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Productions by Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi, David Hand, Bill Peet, T.H. White.
Stars: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews.

Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Keywords: based on novel or book merlin knight king arthur turns into animal excalibur wart sword in the stone

04/15/1964

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