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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Being bullied doesn't necessarily make you a bully. Shows the importance of a good education, and teaches life lessons -- courage, the power of love, and the importance of brains over brawn. Also addresses the importance of fair play in competition.
Positive Role Models
Arthur (Wart) is one of the world's most famous heroes. He goes on to become the great King Arthur of the legendary round-table. Disney does a great job in showing how he got there, and as we all expected to find, Arthur was a good, moral boy from the very beginning. Merlin finds creative ways to teach Wart important things.
Violence & Scariness
Wart is often punished by his guardian and bullied by Kay. Some peril during Wart and Merlin's adventures, including a spooky forest. Madam Mim can be a bit scary. Practice fencing with swords; knights' tournament.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Witch Madam Mim has a few harsh words for Merlin. "Blast me to Bermuda!"
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine with meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wart (aka the boy who will become King Arthur) experiences some bullying in this Disney classic. Witch Madam Mim can be a little scary, and both she and Merlin get quite angry on a couple of occasions. But otherwise The Sword in the Stone offers lots of positive lessons about courage, the importance of brains over brawn and fair play, and the power of love. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Arthur legend has fascinated people for centuries, and this story about Arthur's childhood has special appeal for children. Aside from the fun of seeing what it's like to be a bird, a squirrel, or a fish, and from having your very own wizard as a teacher, there's the highly satisfying aspect of having one's worth, unappreciated by everyone, affirmed so unequivocally.
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