The Sword in the Stone: Merlin is One Rambunctious Dude
|"The Sword in the Stone" (1963).|
It must have seemed the ideal time for a film about the legendary British king, so Walt Disney set the crew to work it up. The result was "The Sword in the Stone" (1963), a tale set during Arthur's boyhood and accession to the throne.
|"A little birdie told me...."|
|Archimedes is fun.|
Arthur winds up at the cottage and Merlin decides to tutor him. He takes the boy back to Arthur's home, a castle owned by Arthur's foster father Sir Ector (Sebastian Cabot). Ector wants nothing to do with Merlin, who complies and disappears, causing Ector to change his mind and allow Merlin to stay.
|Merlin studies all the continents that haven't been discovered yet.|
|"Gee, boss, like, it just came out for me!"|
Merlin takes care of the dishes with his wizardry and gives Arthur another lesson, this time turning him into a squirrel. He almost gets eaten by a wolf (James MacDonald) but is saved by a female squirrel (Ginny Tyler), who falls in love with him. When they return to the kitchen, Ector is upset that Arthur himself did not do the dishes and as punishment replaces him as Kay's squire with Hobbes.
|Well, it WAS the 1960s...|
|The poor girl squirrel was abandoned.|
|There's always one guy who has to be different and shaves!|
|I love squirrels!|
|Arthur battles Madam Mim as a dragon.|
|A claimant for the sword.|
|Arthur proves himself worthy.|
|The throne of England.|
|Sorry to interrupt the vacation, old boy...|
Disney has announced the Blu-Ray version of "The Sword in the Stone" at long last, to commemorate the film's 50th Anniversary. It will come out on August 6, 2013, and include:
- Original Classic DVD Release Bonus Features
- Music and Magic: The Sherman Brothers
- Sing-along with The Movie
- All About Magic Excerpt
- A Knight for a Day