The Sword in the Stone (1963). "Sounds like someone's sick. How lovely. I do hope it's serious."
Join us this week for "The Sword and the Stone". We talk killer fish, dreams of flying, horrible "parenting", wizards with a touch of fabulous, owls of consequence and why you never interact in with interspecies sexual escapades. Does this movie have us swinging the sword? Or are we hoping to turned into a stone! Find out now!
Storyline : Arthur (aka 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 Wart beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give Wart an education (whatever that is), believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere. Needless to say, it doesn't quite work out that way.
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimini & David Hand
Writers: Bill Peet & T.H. White
Stars: Carl Swenson, Sebastian Cabot, & Martha Wentworth
Awards: Nominee : Academy Award for Best Score
Film Budget: $3,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $12,000,000
This animated film is full of little diddy's and songs you probably remember from childhood. Can you still sing all the words to Higitus Figitus?
We always love a good villian number. What about this one from mad madame mim?
Someone pulled the facts from the stone...and by stone we mean internet.
The voice of the story’s young hero was Rickie Sorensen—a talented teenager who appeared in many classic TV series of the time, including Hazel and The Danny Thomas Show. When the young actor’s voice changed over the three-year production time of the film, director Reitherman drafted his own sons Richard and Robert to complete the vocal role of Wart.
This was the last animated film that Disney produced, since he died during the production of The Jungle Book (1967).
The only animated Disney movie from the 1960s not to yet have a Platinum DVD, a sequel, a TV show, or a live-action remake.
When Sir Ector tells Kay that Merlin may turn them to stone, he may be referencing the legend of the Carnac Stones of Brittany where Merlin is said to have turned a Roman Legion into rows of rocks.
Every time Arthur trips, falls, or has some accident where he loses his footing, the sound recording of his voice is identical to every other incident.
You can find this wacky animated adventure at home on Disney+ by following this link here.
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