I wasn’t expecting much from The Sword in the Stone. Yes it has its fans, but when it comes the discussion of the truly classic Disney Classics, this is always left off. And yet, I felt extremely disappointed after watching it. To be fair, I was never into Arthurian legend (which is probably why I like the version with Clive Owen), but that is not really the reason why I dislike it.
First off, I HATED Merlin. He is supposed to be like this wise mentor, but he just comes off across as an idiot with a magic wand that was there only for comic relief. I also hated that he made reference of the future. That took me out of the movie every single time, and it took me a while to get back in it. Also, it is supposed to be about him training Arthur because he is meant for something great, although he doesn’t really know what it is. But it all looked like they were just going on silly journeys and turning into animals. Yes, he did learn something but he never used it during the duration of the film, thus rendering the first 60 of the 70 minutes worthless. The villain towards the end, Mme. Mim, I think that’s her name, was probably just thrown in there after realizing that there was no conflict in the movie. There are more things that destroy the movie, but these are the biggies.
However, there are a couple of good things. The animation is good, as good as 101 Dalmatians, at least. And I did like the characterization of Arthur. But these are not enough to make it good.