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The 1963 Disney film the Sword in the Stone 2 was the first Disney film to give sole directorial credit to anyone involved in the film process 3 In the case of this movie that credit went to Wolfgang Reitherman The movie was adapted from T H Whites Once and Future King 1 and was understandably a very large undertaking necessitating the use of a sole director The change of medium used to depict this story resulted in the changing of parts of the story The restrictions and conventions of movie making namely time span and target audience had the largest part in shaping the direction the movie took with the adaptation of Whites classic The work of the writer and director of the film in the changing of the medium will be examined in the first few scenes of the movie where Wart meets Merlin for the first time This will be compared against the depiction of the tale in Whites book and the shaping forces of movie convention pointed out In Disneys Sword and the Stone Wart meets Merlin in the following way Wart and Kay are spending part of their afternoon hunting deer in a clear sunny field Wart poises and steadies himself on the branch of an old dead tree waiting quietly for Kay to release an arrow at a deer As fate would have it the branch snaps Wart falls onto Kay and subsequently causes the arrow to shoot far off its original planned trajectory into the deep dark regions of the woods Kay vows to whoop Wart good if you will so Wart runs into the forest in search of the arrow furthermore ignoring Kays remark about the multitude of wolves lurking there A nasty wolf does indeed begin stalking the Wart unbeknownst to him but fails to ever be noticed or accomplish the task of eating the boy Merlin of course is already aware that
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