22 January 2018

The Sword in the Stone

Sword in the Stone 1963
  • Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
  • Based on the novel by T.H. White
  • Cast (voices): Karl Svenson, Rickie Sorenson, Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Norman Alden
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
  • None of them
  • Why? Merlin
  • Seen: 20 January 2018      

       Being that my alter ego Rhuddem Gwelin is a Merlin expert it’s almost embarrassing that neither of us has ever seen this. Other Merlin enthusiasts at Rhuddem’s lectures on the history of the legend have said that it’s worth seeing.
       You know the story. If you don’t, google it.
       Merlin is the old, pointy-hatted bearded wizard we’ve seen in pictures. We meet him as he complains that there’s no electricity is this medieval mess of an era. He’s waiting for… someone…a small boy…to come so that he, Merlin, can guide him. According to White’s version Merlin has lived in the future and lives backwards. He wants to teach Arthur history and natural sciences and geometry. Brain not brawn. ‘My magic is used mainly for educational purposes.’
       I like this Merlin very much.
       It’s quite shallow but great fun. But why does Arthur have an American accent?

3* of 5 (Hal gave it 2)

For you Merlin enthusiasts out there, read the books!
  • The Nature of Things
  • The Wrathful Traveller
  • Protecting Cheesyfee
  • An Isle Full of Noises (preliminary publishing year 2018)

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