Humor, spectacle and magic rule in this adventure-filled quest, when a young apprentice named Wart pulls an enchanted sword that lies locked in a massive stone. It is then with the guidance of the wizard Merlin and help from some hilarious friends that Wart just might become England’s greatest king.
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I wore this VHS tape out, and I always imagined I could have easily pulled the sword out—no problem. This is an excellent, easy to digest novel-to-film animation, and Merlin's pet owl Archimedes is one of my favorite Disney characters ever.
Another middling seventies effort from the Mouse House that doesn't stand up to much scrutiny with modern eyes. Main problem is pacing and story development which considering the subject matter shouldn't have been too much of a challenge. Memorable for the great Merlin and Madam Mim wizard duel though.
Another all-time childhood favorite from Disney, I've always enjoyed watching the incredible adventures of Arthur & Merlin filled with magic, laughter, adventure, and courage. Bruns' score is magnificent to listen to (especially the songs) and the animation is fantastic to watch as well the story is nicely told. Archimedes and the wolf are really hilarious characters to watch, too.
For a while my Myspace handle was 'Archimedes, the highly educated owl' so if you're of my generation, you should know what a testament to my love of this film that is. It's always been my favourite Disney because I grew up the only girl with 3 older brothers so I always found the Disney subliminal 'damsel in distress/princess' thing kind of alienating...i'd much rather turn into a fish/bird/squirrel for a day, truly