Thursday, April 14, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: The Sword In The Stone (1963)

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. [imdb]
The Sword In The Stone is another one of the most over-looked of the Animated Classics line. It's quite a simple, short little movie... rather straight-forward but charming.

There aren't many special features on the DVD, not that many people would really care, considering a lot of people seem to forget this movie even exists. There's a couple shorts, namely The Brave Little Tailor, and a bit of the Disneyland television show... But the longest and best of the special features is a little bit about The Sherman Brothers.

Now, anyone who knows my thoughts on Disney music knows that I am a huge fan of the Shermans.  To me, they were the musical extension of Walt himself, and if anyone's musical works perfectly screamed "Disney" it would be theirs.  The Sword In The Stone was the first of the animated films that featured The Sherman Brothers, and it just happens that their songs are the best part of the film.

Well anyways, I grew up with this movie, so I have seen it way too many times... and I remember even having a few storybooks of it.  More than anything, this film just brings back a lot of memories.

Not outstanding, but it's still very good.