A Royal Birthday: ‘Sword in the Stone’ Turns 50?!

I got a wee bit swept up in royal baby fever recently. Didn’t we all? First it was when would Kate Middleton deliver. Then it was all what’s the gender. And finally that name!

I know, we’ve got His Royal Highness Prince George now, but I have to confess I was quietly rooting for a King Arthur.

So imagine my surprise when I opened my front door to find him sitting on the stoop! No, really! The Sword in the Stone is being released on Blu-Ray for the first time on August 6, and Disney sent me an advance copy to check out how King Arthur is looking these days.

After I got over the fact that one of my favorite movies of all time is 50 … FIFTY! (Tell me you had a Sally O’Malley moment there too) … I ran inside, the movie held high in my hand, to tell my daughter.

“It’s the Sword in the Stone!!!” I yelled (shhh, I know there’s no yelling in the house, but come on, it’s the Sword in the STONE).

She looked at me like I had two heads.


Apparently somehow in her 8 years on this planet she’d yet to encounter the wonder that is little Wart pulling the sword from the stone and becoming the king of England.

Yes. It’s true. I’d failed her as a mother.

Darn Disney Vault

Fortunately the babysitter (who is freshly 17) was alive the LAST time this gem was rolled out of the vault, and she joined me in my giddy glee over this royal flick … and proceeded to sit down and watch the Blu-Ray with my daughter. While I, work-at-home mother, went back … to work.

Sigh.

Kids have all the fun.

Listening to both the 8-year-old and 17-year-old giggle from the other room was good for me, though. It reminded me why some movies become classics while others end up on the $1 rack at Big Lots. Sword in the Stone is cute but clever, witty and wise. It’s a story of diamonds in the rough and little people dreaming big dreams that do come true.

And 50 years after it first came out, decades after I first saw it on old VHS, I must say it’s looking better than ever, the Disney magic apparent on the upgraded animations. As for the Blu-Ray features, it’s hard to resist a sing-along with Higitus Figitus at any age, and the Knight For a Day animated short starring none other than Goofy.

But frankly, I’m just glad to see a favorite getting the royal treatment it’s long deserved. Long live King Arthur! 

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Disclaimer: I received a review copy of The Sword and the Stone. I was not otherwise compensated, and the opinions expressed here are my own.


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