Wednesday, September 16, 2009

September 15, 2009

The Sword in the Stone (1963)
I should like this movie way more than I do. It's a Disney movie, it's hand-drawn animation, it's about an actual historical figure, it's based on a classic novel...but it's also really boring. Merlin teaches young Arthur about being a wizard, young Arthur is teased and mistreated - then the storyline gets jarred when they try to force a villain in (Madame Mim, who is one of Disney's lamest attempts at a villain) and it never really works. There are several funny moments, though, with Merlin and his allusions to time travel (he cheerfully informs Arthur that The London Times won't be coming around for about 1,200 years and that the 20th century is a big mess). If you really like Arthurian legend or are a Disney purist, you might be more open to this than I was - historically speaking, it's important however in that it was the last Disney movie released while Walt Disney was alive.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

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