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Today we are going to be talking about our feature film: The Sword in the Stone, the new Aladdin teaser trailer, and then we’re going to get down to business and rank our favorite Disney Christmas movies.
The Sword in the Stone
The Sword in the Stone is a Disney animated film based on the T.H. White novel The Sword in the Stone
It is about the search for a successor to the British throne after the death of King Uther Pendragon. A sword is found embedded in a stone and anvil with an inscription that proclaims that whoever can pull the sword is to be the rightful king. Many try, but no one is able to pull the sword, and with the passage of time, it is forgotten.
In the meantime, the boy Arthur, called “Wart” meets the wizard Merlin and his companion, the highly educated owl Archimedes, and with their guidance, learns the importance of education as well as valuable life lessons about justice through the use of Merlin’s magical shapeshifting powers.
Acting as a squire, Wart finds the sword in the stone while looking for a sword for his brother Kay to use in a tournament, and, without knowing what it is, pulls the sword from the stone. When the identity of the sword is realized and it is discovered that Wart was the one who pulled it, he is made King - wiser and better equipped to rule using the lessons he learned from Merlin
General opinions on the movie
This film has been very confusing for many because it is based on the original 1938 novel The Sword in the Stone. 1958 rerelease as part of compilation.
Original voice actor for Wart had to be replaced after he hit puberty during production - replaced with brothers
For the voice of Merlin, director Wolfgang Reitherman estimated that seventy actors read for the part, but "none evidenced that note of eccentricity that we were seeking. We wanted Merlin to be eccentric but not hokey." At the same time, Karl Swenson was initially cast for Archimedes, but the filmmakers decided to cast him instead as Merlin.
Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”
Dec 21, 1936 - Sharon Mae
Dec 21, 1937 - Snow White premiere
Dec 21, 2012 - Disney announces it has completed 4.06 billion deal to acquire Lucasfilm
Dec 23, 1956: 1954:
The Disney live-action film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (based on the classic story by Jules Verne) starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, & Peter Lorre, is released.
Dec 24, 1970:Disney's 20th animated feature The Aristocats is generally released.
Dec 25, 1957: Disney's Old Yeller is released.
Dec 25, 1963: Disney's 18th animated film The Sword In The Stone is released.
Segment: News/Announcements “The Newsies Banner”
Segment: weekly top 4 (secret from each other)”Let’s get down to business”
Top 4 Disney Christmas Movies
The Santa Clause
Lady and the Tramp
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Muppet Christmas Carol
Honorable Mention: Small One