The Sword in the Stone

I know nothing about this film. Not that excited about it to be honest but it’s all part of getting through our list.

The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American sword and sorcery animated film produced by Walt Disney and originally released to theaters on December 25, 1963 by Buena Vista Distribution. It was the final Disney animated film released before Walt Disney’s death. The songs in the film were written and composed by the Sherman Brothers, who later wrote music for other Disney films like Mary Poppins (1964), The Jungle Book (1967), and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971).

The film is based on the novel of the same name, first published in 1938 as a single novel. It was later republished in 1958 as the first book of T. H. White‘s tetralogy The Once and Future King.  Thanks wiki!

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Age of film: December 1963

Date Watched: 22nd May 2016

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  • Picture Quality 
    • Lincoln – 5
      • Felt like a step backwards, I thought it didn’t even look like a Disney film. In fact I found it distracting how different the animation was from the films we watched previously.

    • Sara – 6
      • It was fine, but really sketchy? I think it was  definitely worse than 101 Dalmations.
  • Durability
    • Lincoln – 4
      • I don’t think enough happens in the story for it to be interesting to young audiences.

    • Sara – 4
      • Such a dull film – and it wasn’t even relatable or anything
  • Songs
    • Lincoln – 4
      • Nothing stood out to me, all the songs were pretty forgettable and mediocre.

    • Sara – 3
      • I think there were only a few and I can’t remember any of them already.
  • Modern Values
    • Lincoln – 7
      • I know the idea of kings and knights and squires is pretty out-of-date but in terms of values, I didn’t notice anything that seems inappropriate. There were no lead female roles but aside from that, all pretty politically correct.

    • Sara – 5
      • I have no idea if there were or weren’t. I didn’t notice anything except that that there were pretty much no female characters except for a weird squirrel thing that couldn’t talk.
  • Would We Show it to the Kids
    • Lincoln – 3
      • I think they’d be bored.

    • Sara – 4
      • I think younger kids would probably find it interesting, but not enough happens for me to really want to show it to them.
  • Flow/Length 
    • Lincoln – 2
      • The entire story seemed pointless and so I constantly felt like the film was dragging. Almost every sequence took way longer than it needed to in my opinion.

    • Sara – 1
      • Everything dragged on and nothing  happened. The film could have been over in 15 minutes if they only included the scenes that have plot points.
  • Emotional Attachment
    • Lincoln – 5
      • For a film that I found exceptionally boring, I quite liked Arthur as a character and felt bad for him a few times. He seemed like a good kid.

    • Sara – 3
      • None except sometimes I felt sorry for Arthur when he was an animal and was over it.
  • Logic/Plot Holes 
    • Lincoln – 5
      • I don’t know why Arthur couldn’t have just stayed with Merlin in his hut instead of putting up with his foster dad’s rubbish. As is quite common when magic is a thing, I feel like Merlin could’ve just fixed everything with magic and any problem could be solved immediately.

    • Sara – 5
      • I honestly struggled to pay attention for long enough to notice any.
  • General Enjoyment
    • Lincoln – 3
      • Pretty boring and pointless.

    • Sara – 2
      • This was down there with Fantasia and Bambi.
  • Would We Watch it Again
    • Lincoln – 1
      • Very doubtful.

    • Sara – 1
      • Hells to the no.
  • Final Comment
    • Lincoln – I was surprised how little I liked the film, I felt like I knew he’d have to pull the sword out of the stone by the end, and everything leading up to that point was just filler.
    • Sara – I didn’t think I’d really dig this film, but I had no idea how much I wouldn’t like it and how boring I would find it.

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Favourite Character

  • Lincoln – Arthur
  • Sara – Arthur

Favourite Song

  • Lincoln – The one when Merlin was packing his bag (if I had to choose)
  • Sara – I can’t remember any.

Favourite Moment

  • Lincoln – I honestly didn’t have one.
  • Sara –  When the magic was doing the dishes. And when the lady squirrel screams.

Total Ranking By Lincoln –  39/100

Total Ranking By Sara –  34/100

For questions regarding the ranking system you can read my post on it here.

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Bye for now!

Sara

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