The Sword in the Stone Revisited – Does Disney’s Arthurian classic still shine?

In this episode of Animation Movies Revisited, we look back on Disney’s Arthurian adventure The Sword in the Stone.

Last Updated on February 8, 2023

Slip into a pair of Bermuda shorts, pack your magical traveling bag, and get ready for an Arthurian adventure because we’re looking back on Disney‘s The Sword in the Stone. For this final episode of Animation Movies Revisited, we’ll embark on a grand Arthurian adventure filled with valuable life lessons, prestidigitation, and one of the greatest wizard duels in cinema. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, The Sword in the Stone presents Mouseketeers with a film that nearly broke the studio, being the product of artist feuds and significant changes to the original story by T.H. White. Join us as we explore Camelot alongside some of Disney’s most extraordinary characters and relive the magic of the animated classic that teaches generations about the importance of a good education, how to embrace the unknown, and Darwinism!

Animation Movies Revisited is written and narrated by Steve Seigh and was edited by Jasmyn Evans-Samuels. Adam Walton and Chris Bumbray produce, and Berge Garabedian is the executive producer. Do you think The Sword in the Stone holds up? Let us know in the comments!

The Sword in the Stone has the following synopsis: This Disney adaptation of the classic fable chronicles King Arthur’s humble beginnings. As an orphaned child, Arthur, who was then known as Wart, wants to help his foster brother, Kay, succeed in becoming a knight. While helping Kay train, Wart stumbles upon a cabin belonging to Merlin, a bumbling but talented wizard. Merlin does his best to convince the boy that he is bound for greatness, and when Wart and Kay travel to London to attend a jousting contest, they learn that Merlin was right.


About the Author

Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.