The Sword in the Stone (1963 movie)

1963 American animated fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney

The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated fantasy comedy movie. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions. It was first released to theaters on December 25, 1963. It was the last Disney animated movie released before Walt Disney's death.

The Sword in the Stone
Directed byWolfgang Reitherman
Produced byWalt Disney
Screenplay byBill Peet
Story byBill Peet
Based onThe Sword in the Stone
by T. H. White
StarringRickie Sorensen
Karl Swenson
Junius Matthews
Sebastian Cabot
Norman Alden
Martha Wentworth
Music bySongs:
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
George Bruns
Edited byDonald Halliday
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • December 25, 1963 (1963-12-25)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$12,000,000[1]

The movie is based on the novel with the same name. The novel was at first published in 1938 as a single novel. It was republished in 1958 as the first of four books in T. H. White's The Once and Future King.

Cast and charactersEdit

  • Rickie Sorenson, Richard Reitherman, and Robert Reitherman as Arthur/Wart, the long-lost son of Uther Pendragon and the future King Arthur. He is Disney's adaptation of legendary British leader King Arthur.
  • Karl Swenson as Merlin, the legendary wizard who helps and educates King Arthur about various things.
  • Martha Wentworth as Madam Mim, a black witch and Merlin's enemy.
  • Junius Matthews as Archimedes, Merlin's pet owl. He can talk and accompanies Wart during his training.
  • Sebastian Cabot as Sir Ector, the ruler of King Uther Pendragon's castle.
  • Norman Alden as Sir Kay, the older foster brother of Wart.
  • Alan Napier as Sir Pellinore, a friend of Sir Ector. He announces the tournament in which Arthur is revealed as king.
  • Thurl Ravenscroft as Black Bart, also known as the Black Knight, one of the first to recognize the sword that Arthur pulled from the stone.
  • James MacDonald as The Wolf, an unnamed wolf who wants to eat Wart. He was defeated in the squirrel scene and not seen again.
  • Ginny Tyler as The Little Girl Squirrel, a young female squirrel that Wart comes across. She quickly falls in love with him. After she saves him from the Wolf, she becomes very upset when she finds out that Wart is not really a squirrel.


The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Score—Adaptation or Treatment in 1963. It lost to Irma La Douce.[2]


  1. "The Sword in the Stone - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  2. "1963 (36th)". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-06-24.

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