The Sword in the Stone
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A young boy becomes king of England when he pulls a sword embedded in solid rock. He is helped by Merlin the Magician and his pet owl, Archimedes to eventually become King Arthur. Merlin must battle an evil sorceress to save the young king from certain disaster. This full length Walt Disney production did well in initial release, though the characters never reached the legendary status of other more well known animated personalities.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is still some life in the characterizations, though the animation is turning stiff and flat."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The humor sparkles with real, knowing sophistication -- meaning for all ages -- and some of the characters on the fifth-century landscape of Old England are Disney pips."
‑ Glenn Collins, New York Times
"Well animated yet thoroughly tedious..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Innocuous fun for all the family -- well, those under eight anyway. Grown-ups should seek out Excalibur instead."
‑ , Film4
"For all of its inventiveness, the film's characters are never quite as endearing as they should be, and the central relationship between Arthur and Merlin is oddly detached."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"The feature-length cartoon demonstrates anew the magic of the Disney animators and imagination in character creation."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Aside from the owl Archimedes, none of the characters make any impression whatsoever."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It makes a good effort at being something like My First Arthur Story."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It is seldom mentioned in discussions of Disney's work, and no character in it evolved into a Disney favorite."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"He had my heart racing like a squirrel. He had my body soaring into the stratosphere like a bird. He had me slippery and firm like a fresh young perch."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"A beautifully animated Disney feature."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Delightful classic brings Arthur legend to life."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It feels older than contemporary Disney work due to flat, creaky animation. The story still has resonance for kids, though."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Sadly, in viewing the film as an adult, I lost a bit of the magic."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Fans of the fairy-tale format will recognize a little Cinderella in the structure."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
More reviews for The Sword in the Stone on Rotten Tomatoes

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