In 1963 the film The Sword in the Stone was produced by Walt Disney and was released in theaters on December 25th, by Buena Vista Distribution. It is the 18th film in the Walt Disney films, and was the last movie released before Walt Disney’s death. This movie was based off T.H. White’s The Once and Future King. The Sword in The Stone received an Academy Award nomination for Best Score, and was nominated to be in the Top 10 Animated Films List by The American Film Institute. Music that was played in this film was written by The Sherman Brothers, who started to write music for other Disney films such as Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book, and became very popular later on. The Sword in The Stone was a great financial success and became the 6th highest grossing film of 1963. It made 22,182,353 in North America.
One of the types of animation used was recycled animation, and in this type of animation they reused the same scenes but changed the characters in later movies. For example, when Sir Ector and Kay are in the kitchen fighting against the enchanted dishware, Sir Ector swung his sword back hitting Kay on the head. This scene is later re-used with Jasper and Horace in One Hundred and One Dalmatians during the fight scene with Pongo and Perdita. Another example of recycled animation is the scene where Arthur is licked by the two castle dogs is also re-used in The Jungle Book 4 years later.
The Sword in the Stone has hand drawn animation. Hand drawn animation is as the name says, hand drawn. Each frame is drawn by hand. Because of this, it takes much longer to create the film. You also have to start from scratch for each frame, and cannot re-use the previous one.
One issue with this movie is the lip synching. There are numerous scenes where the lip synching doesn’t match up with the movie, in some scenes more than others. For Example, when Arthur and Kay are hunting a deer on the outskirts of the woods, they are talking while Arthur is following. If you watch their mouth’s and the sound that’s coming out, it is clear that they sound is not matching up. There are other numerous scenes where this is apparent.
Even though this movie was released in 1963, and 50 years have passed, The Sword in the Stone still holds up to being a wonderful example of Disney’s classic animation.
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