The Sword in the Stone (movie)

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The Sword in the Stone
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Produced by Walt Disney
Screenplay by Bill Peet
Story by Bill Peet
Starring Rickie Sorensen
Karl Swenson
Junius Matthews
Sebastian Cabot
Norman Alden
Martha Wentworth
Music by Songs:
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Score:
George Bruns
Editing by Donald Halliday
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s) December 25, 1963 (1963-12-25)
Running time 79 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Money made $12,000,000[1]

The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated fantasy comedy movie. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions. It was first released to theaters on December 25, 1963. It was the last Disney animated movie released before Walt Disney's death.

The movie is based on the novel with the same name. The novel was at first published in 1938 as a single novel. It was then later republished in 1958 as the first book of T. H. White's tetralogy The Once and Future King.

Cast and characters[change | change source]

  • Rickie Sorenson, Richard Reitherman, and Robert Reitherman as Arthur/Wart, the long-lost son of Uther Pendragon and the future King Arthur. He is Disney's adaptation of legendary British leader King Arthur.
  • Karl Swenson as Merlin, the legendary wizard who helps and educates King Arthur about various things.
  • Martha Wentworth as Madam Mim, a black witch and Merlin's arch-nemesis.
  • Junius Matthews as Archimedes, Merlin's pet owl. He can talk and accompanies Wart during his training.
  • Sebastian Cabot as Sir Ector, the ruler of King Uther Pendragon's castle.
  • Norman Alden as Sir Kay, the older foster brother of Wart.
  • Alan Napier as Sir Pellinore, a friend of Sir Ector. He announces the tournament in which Arthur is revealed as king.
  • Thurl Ravenscroft as Black Bart, also known as the Black Knight, one of the first to recognize the sword pulled by Arthur from the stone.
  • James MacDonald as The Wolf, an unnamed wolf who wants to eat Wart. He was defeated in and not seen again after the squirrel scene.
  • Ginny Tyler as The Little Girl Squirrel, a young female squirrel whom Wart comes across. She quickly falls in love with him. After she saves him from the Wolf, she becomes heartbroken when she finds out that Wart is not really a squirrel.

Awards[change | change source]

The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Score—Adaptation or Treatment in 1963. It lost to Irma La Douce.[2]

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