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Sword in the Stone
DVD disk
Jul 9, 2008 By: Sturdy
Sword in the Stone order
Director:
Wolfgang Reitherman

Actors:
Sebastian Kabot
Karl Swenson
Rickie Sorenson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young boy stumbles upon Merlin the wizard on a hunting trip. Destined to be King of England, the boy learns valuable life lessons from Merlin. Then, on a day of celebration, the young boy pulls the King’s sword out of a stone and changes his life forever.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Older, animated films are probably the hardest films to review in the modern era. If I were 10 years-old and this was 1963, I’d be hailing SWORD IN THE STONE as the greatest movie ever. Unfortunately, when compared to today’s modern classics, it doesn’t hold up very well. Yes, I still liked it for nostalgia effect, but I don’t think the “older” kids of today will appreciate it as much as the pre-Pixar generation did.

Instead, I think the film is better suited for the pre-grade school kids out there. It’s a simple, lighthearted, family friendly cartoon that should provide enough excitement to keep the little ones entertained. Much like ROBIN HOOD, this is a good film to introduce kids to the mythical character without scaring them with the details.

For the rest of us, I think it still has enough to keep you moderately entertained. I love the story of King Arthur and this is a nice, wholesome telling of it. I also noticed during my re-watching of the film that older Disney films seem to go out of their way to insert a lesson. As great as today’s films are, I don’t think life lessons are their main priority. I liked the moral of having to overcome setbacks and negativity to become who you really are. It’s a good message that today’s youth should learn. And wow, do I sound like I’m 80 years-old there or what? It also has a lot of singing in it, which is another thing I’d forgotten about with the older Disney films.

So even though it’s a little dated and I found some of the songs to be slightly irritating, I still enjoyed the film. It has that wholesome, fun quality to it that only Disney can bring. I wouldn’t loan it out to the neighbor kids (besides, they’re obnoxious), but I’d let any kid under 4 or 5 watch it. And then I’d probably watch it with them.
THE EXTRAS
Music Magic (8:00): It’s funny to see real people sing the songs you’re so used to seeing animated cartoons sing, so this was a nice little featurette. It focuses on the Sherman brothers that wrote the music. Well worth the 8 minutes.

All About Magic (7:20): This has nothing to do with the film, but it’s an old TV clip featuring the Walt to the D himself talking about “magic” in film. It was ok for nostalgia effect, but if you’ve been to Disney World/Land, you’ve seen this kind of stuff before.

There are also some Previews, a Scrapbook and Film Facts
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
SWORD IN THE STONE is a good, classic Disney film that is a safe bet for any young child. I wouldn’t recommend re-purchasing it if you have the previous edition as it seems some of the special features were actually left out.
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