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Age by Age Review For: The Sword & the Stone 50th Anniversary Edition
The Sword & the Stone 50th Anniversary Edition

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Best For Preschoolers (3-5)
Rated G
Age-By-Age Guide
Animation | Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Merlin the wizard guides young squire Wart to his unlikely place on the throne of England in this animated Disney classic.

Because it's been locked in the Disney vault for years, this will be the first time many kids will get to see T.H. White's legendary tale of King Arthur. Although the story itself is timeless, modern audiences probably won't have the same nostalgic appreciation for the painstakingly drawn animation, and will just think it's old-fashioned.
Baby (0-2)
Maybe Most babies won't have a clue as to what's going on in the story, but the movie features some of the coolest animated inanimate objects since--well, actually prior to--Beauty and the Beast, and 2-year-olds will eat up those scenes! They're also likely to enjoy the action-packed duel between Merlin and fellow wizard Magnificent Marvelous Mad Madam Mim.
Preschool (3-5)
Yes Preschoolers will be empowered by the fact that a self-proclaimed "nobody" can end up as King, and they'll learn the value of education in helping someone become "somebody!" They may appreciate Wart's frustration while learning to read and write since many of them are starting to go through the same process. Young viewers will enjoy watching Merlin turn his charge into a fish, squirrel and bird to give him a new perspective on life, and they'll laugh when Wart's mentor makes it snow in July to show off his powers, calling it a "wizard blizzard!"
Kids (6-9)
Maybe Most older kids will know what's going to happen from the beginning and won't be interested in watching the tale unfold. Children on the younger end may be surprised that Merlin is so ahead of his time, claiming that the world is round and calling the Dark Ages "one big medieval mess."
Tweens (10-12)
No This movie is intended for younger children.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
DVD Features
The combo pack comes with Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions of the movie. Bonus features include a never-before-seen alternate opening, two bonus shorts, a sing-along with the movie feature, Merlin’s Magical Activity game and a musical segment about The Sherman Brothers.
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Celebrates education
  • Empowers children
  • Encourages imagination
Movie Minuses

  • Cartoonish fighting