The Sword in the Stone
The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Another of the fantastic animated creations from the Disney studios, this is the animated version of The Once and Future King, a T. H. White story. This is the story of King Arthur in childhood as he is being instructed by the magician… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: December 25, 1963
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A decent take on the legend of King Arthur, The Sword in the Stone suffers from relatively indifferent animation, but its characters are still memorable and appealing.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

There is still some life in the characterizations, though the animation is turning stiff and flat.

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Glenn Collins
New York Times

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Delightful classic brings Arthur legend to life.

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Variety Staff

The feature-length cartoon demonstrates anew the magic of the Disney animators and imagination in character creation.

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James Plath
Family Home Theater

...a movie about Arthurian legend that had the misfortune of being released on December 25, just a month after America's version of Camelot died with President John F. Kennedy.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Well animated yet thoroughly tedious...

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A beautifully animated Disney feature.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Aside from the owl Archimedes, none of the characters make any impression whatsoever.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It makes a good effort at being something like My First Arthur Story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
One of my favorite Disney movies as a kid.
Alex roy
This is one of those Disney films that were among my favorites growing up. This is a lavishly drawn film with a great cast of voice talent and a wonderful… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Even if it doesn't have much focus and becomes predictable towards the end, this is an amusing Disney animation with a nice message for children about the… More
Aj V
This movie is for really young kids and you can tell, it's very light and silly. I also find that it doesn't draw you in very well, especially with… More
Daniel Mumby
In my reviews of Disney efforts from the 1960s and 1970s, I've spoken at some length about the creative decline that followed the death of Walt Disney.… More
Conner Rainwater
A fun disney movie that translates the King Arthur storyline to fit their needs. It's more centered around Merlin and Morgana rather than Arthur though,… More