The Sword in the Stone

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Wolfgang Reitherman
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min

A legend is sung

Of when England was young

And knights

were brave and bold

The good king had died

And no one could decide

Who was rightful heir

to the throne

It seemed that the land

Would be torn by war

Or saved by a miracle alone

And that miracle appeared

In London town

The sword

In the stone

And below the hilt

in letters of gold...

were written these words:

"Whoso pulleth out this sword

of this stone and anvil...

is rightwise king

born of England."

Though many tried for the sword

with all their strength...

none could move the sword

nor stir it.

So the miracle

had not worked.

And England was still

without a king.

And in time, the marvellous sword

was forgotten.

This was a dark age...

without law

and without order.

Men lived in fear

of one another...

for the strong

preyed upon the weak.

A dark age indeed!

Age of inconvenience.

No plumbing...

no electricity...

no nothing!

Oh, hang it all!

Hang it all!

Oh, now what?

Now what?

Leave, leave off!

Leave off!

Oh, you, you, you

fiendish chain you!

Everything complicated.

One big medieval mess.

Now, uh, let me see.

He should be here in,

I'd say half an hour.

Who? Who? I'd like

to know who.

I told you, Archimedes.

I am not sure.

All I know is that someone will

be coming. Someone very important.

Oh, pinfeathers!

Fate will direct him to me

so that I, in turn...

may guide him to his rightful

place in the world.

Huh! And-And you say he will

arrive in half an hour?

Ha! Well, we'll just see.

And you will, Archimedes.

You will.


He'll be, uh, a boy.

Small boy.

Eleven, twelve years old.

And a scrawny little fellow.

Oh, no, no, no.

That can't be the one.

Surely not. Why, that big lad

must be close onto 20.

Ah. There he is.

The scrawny little

fellow about 12.

He's a regular

little grasshopper.

Look at him go.

And where... where would you

guess he is at this very moment?

I am not guessing,


I know where he is!

Less than a mile from here

just beyond the forest.

And right on schedule,

if-if all goes well.

- Quiet, Wart.

- I'm tryin' to be.

And nobody asked you to

come along in the first place.

- I'm not even movin'.

- Shut up.

Aha! Here we go.

Oh, what a set-up.

Right smack through

the old gizzard.

Whoa. What? Oh!

Why, you clumsy,

little fool!

Oh, Kay, please, I'm sorry.

I couldn't help it. Please.

If I ever...

If I ever get my hands on,

on you, I'll, I'll ring...

your scrawny little neck,

so help me, I will.

I'll get the arrow, Kay.

I'm sure I can find it.

Don't tell me you're

going in there.

Why, it's swarming with wolves.

I'm not afraid.

Well, go ahead.

It's your skin, not mine.

Go on, go on.

There it is.

Oh, there it is.

Whoa! What... Oh!


So, you, you did drop in

for tea after all.

Oh, you are a bit late,

you know.

- Oh, I, I am?

- Yes.

Now, my name is Merlin.

Come, come,

who are you, my lad?

Oh, my name's Arthur,

but everyone calls me Wart.


Oh, what a perfect

stuffed owl.


I, I, I beg your pardon!

He's alive and he talks.

And certainly a great deal

better than you do.

Oh, come, Archimedes.

Come, come now.

I, I want you

to meet the Wart.

Now, you must forgive him.

He's only a boy.

Boy? Boy?

Well, I see no boy.

- Oh, I'm sorry that l...

- That's all right.

He's much too sensitive.

Sensitive? Huh?

Who? What? What?

- Oh, well.

- How did you know that I was...

Oh, th-that you would

be dropping in?

Well, I happen to be

a wizard. A soothsayer.

A prognosticator. I have

the power to see into the future.

Centuries into the future!

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Bill Peet

William Bartlett "Bill" Peet (né Peed; January 29, 1915 – May 11, 2002) was an American children's book illustrator and a story writer and animator for Disney Studios. Peet joined Disney in 1937 and worked first on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) near the end of its production. Progressively, his involvement in the Disney studio's animated feature films and shorts increased, and he remained there until early in the development of The Jungle Book (1967). A row with Walt Disney over the direction of the project led to a permanent personal break. Other feature films that Peet worked on before he left include Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940, The Pastoral Symphony sequence), Dumbo (1941), The Three Caballeros (1944), Song of the South (1946, cartoon sequences), So Dear to My Heart (1948, cartoon sequences), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), Sleeping Beauty (1959), 101 Dalmatians (1961), and The Sword in the Stone (1963). Peet's subsequent career was as a writer and illustrator of numerous children's books, including Capyboppy (1966), The Wump World (1970), The Whingdingdilly (1970), The Ant and the Elephant (1972), and Cyrus the Unsinkable Serpent (1975). more…

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