The Sword in the Stone (1963)

The Sword in the Stone
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Written by Bill Peet from a novel by T.H. White
Walt Disney Productions
Repeat viewing/Netflix rental


Archimedes the Owl: Now, boy, flying is not merely some crude, mechanical process. It is a delicate art. Purely aesthetic. Poetry of motion. And the best way to learn it is to do it.

A pleasant bit of nostalgia.

The great wizard Merlin is expecting company.  He just doesn’t know who.  His visitor takes the shape of pre-teen Arthur, better known as The Wart, a squire-in-training.  Merlin predicts a bright future for the lad and sets about educating him with the help of his owl Archemides.  The future begins to take shape when Arthur accompanies his knight to a tournament and grabs a sword from a stone to take the place of a missing weapon.

I remember loving this as a kid.  I think we had the soundtrack album.  Now it seems to have been a lesser entry in Disney’s catalogue of animated features.

The Sword in the Stone was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment.


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