History Disney / TheSwordInTheStone

27th Nov '16 11:00:13 AM Prinzenick
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* AdaptedOut: The original book had Myth/RobinHood (renamed Robin Wood for the story) as a character Wart and Merlin encounter. For pacing reasons, this event was removed from the film.
23rd Nov '16 8:57:37 AM Prinzenick
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Sir Ector punishes Wart for claiming Merlin turned him into a fish (and being tardy on top of that), even though Ector knows full well that Merlin is a wizard and has seen him cast snow and disappearing spells. There's also Ector accusing Merlin of practicing black magic for doing something as innocuous as making the castle dishes clean themselves. The latter is lampshaded by a baffled Merlin when Ector is grilling Merlin.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Sir Ector punishes Wart for claiming Merlin turned him into a fish (and being tardy on top of that), even though Ector knows full well that Merlin is a wizard and has seen him cast snow and disappearing spells. There's also Ector accusing Merlin of practicing black magic for doing something as innocuous as making the castle dishes clean themselves. The latter is lampshaded by a baffled Merlin when Ector is grilling Merlin.him.
23rd Nov '16 8:57:02 AM Prinzenick
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Sir Ector punishes Wart for claiming Merlin turned him into a fish (and being tardy on top of that), even though Ector knows full well that Merlin is a wizard and has seen him cast snow and disappearing spells.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Sir Ector punishes Wart for claiming Merlin turned him into a fish (and being tardy on top of that), even though Ector knows full well that Merlin is a wizard and has seen him cast snow and disappearing spells. There's also Ector accusing Merlin of practicing black magic for doing something as innocuous as making the castle dishes clean themselves. The latter is lampshaded by a baffled Merlin when Ector is grilling Merlin.
-->'''Merlin''': "You call washing dishes an act of evil?"



* ControlFreak: Sir Ector's autocratic personality makes him distrustful of anything unusual or out of order in his castle, hence his very tough treatment of Wart and outright hostility towards Merlin.

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* ControlFreak: Sir Ector's autocratic personality makes him distrustful of anything unusual or out of order in his castle, hence his very tough treatment of Wart and his skepticism and later outright hostility towards Merlin.Merlin when he believes Merlin practices black magic.
23rd Nov '16 8:52:27 AM Prinzenick
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* NeverTrustATrailer: The 1983 trailer for the movie makes the movie seem like Merlin and Wart are actively seeking The Sword in the Stone and that Madame Mim is driving the conflict. The sword doesn't even come into the plot until just near the end, and the bulk of the film is just Merlin and Wart partaking in episodic adventures. Madam Mim technically is the villain of the film (Ector and Kay are the main source of the films conflict for marginalizing Wart, but calling them villains is a big stretch, since they're both jerks at worst) but she's a side character that Wart unwittingly encounters late in the picture--she is not the films main source of conflict.


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* RandomEventsPlot: The film sets things up with the Sword in the Stone waiting for someone to pull it out...and then Wart encounters Merlin and the film becomes an episodic series of vignettes where Merlin and Wart both go off exploring. The Sword doesn't factor into the films plot again until just near the ending.
14th Nov '16 5:05:37 AM Bissek
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* PinballProtagonist: Wart spends most of the movie getting turned into various animals and getting dragged into adventures by Merlin. He only even finds the titular sword by sheer chance.



* RagsToRoyalty: Wart goes from being a marginalized orphan to Wart, King of England, overnight.

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* RagsToRoyalty: Wart goes from being a marginalized orphan to Wart, Arthur, King of England, overnight.
10th Nov '16 9:02:48 AM Prinzenick
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* ForegoneConclusion: Anyone remotely familiar with the [[Myth/KingArthur King Arthur legend]] knows that Wart is going to be the one to pull the sword out of the stone in the ending. As a result, Disney doesn't even treat it as a spoiler--the cover art for home video releases of the movie outright show him pulling out the sword.

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* ForegoneConclusion: Anyone remotely familiar with the ''Once and Future King'' books or the [[Myth/KingArthur King Arthur legend]] they're based on knows that Wart is going to be the one to pull the sword out of the stone in the ending. As a result, Disney doesn't even treat it as a spoiler--the cover art for home video releases of the movie outright show him pulling out the sword.
10th Nov '16 9:01:31 AM Prinzenick
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* ForegoneConclusion: Anyone remotely familiar with the [[Myth/KingArthur King Arthur legend]] knows that Wart is going to be the one to pull the sword out of the stone in the ending. As a result, Disney doesn't even treat it as a spoiler--the cover art for home video releases of the movie outright show him pulling out the sword.
7th Nov '16 7:42:42 AM Prinzenick
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Sir Ector punishes Wart for claiming Merlin turned him into a fish, even though Ector knows full well that Merlin is a wizard and has seen him cast snow and disappearing spells.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Sir Ector punishes Wart for claiming Merlin turned him into a fish, fish (and being tardy on top of that), even though Ector knows full well that Merlin is a wizard and has seen him cast snow and disappearing spells.spells.



** Likewise, try pissing off Ector by coming up with (in his view) extremely far-fetched excuses for ducking out on your kitchen duties, or trying to defend Merlin's behavior, and you'll send him flying off the handle so far that you'll be given hefty demerits, be doing dishes for the ''entire castle'', and [[spoiler: eventually get your dream job as squire revoked and handed off to someone else]].

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** Sir Ector does ''not'' like his rigid routines being tampered with. He threatens to throw out Merlin on his keister as soon as he meets him just for proposing the idea of tutoring Wart. He only relents when Merlin displays his magical prowess.
** Likewise, try pissing off Ector by coming up with (in his view) extremely far-fetched excuses for ducking out on your kitchen duties, or trying to defend Merlin's behavior, and you'll send him flying off the handle so far that you'll be given hefty demerits, be doing dishes for the ''entire castle'', and [[spoiler: eventually get lose your dream job as chance to become squire revoked and handed see it off to someone else]].



* DeusExMachina: Late in the film, [[spoiler: Hobbs, who Sir Ector had handed the position of squire to after revoking it for Wart, abruptly comes down with a nasty illness, forcing Ector to reinstate Wart as Kay's squire. One would think it was Merlin's doing at first, but in the following scene, Merlin makes no mystery that he is ''not'' happy about Wart becoming a squire.]]

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* DeusExMachina: Late in the film, [[spoiler: Hobbs, who Sir Ector had handed the position of squire to after revoking it Wart lost his chance for Wart, it, abruptly comes down with a nasty illness, forcing Ector to reinstate make Wart as into Kay's squire.squire after all. One would think it was Merlin's doing at first, but in the following scene, Merlin makes no mystery that he is ''not'' happy about Wart becoming a squire.]]



* JerkAss: Whereas Sir Ector has [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a couple of sympathetic moments in spite of his cold, authoritarian personality]], his son Kay has none of that going for him, and he always acts mean and condescending towards Wart. The only remotely likable moment he has is when he bows to Wart in the ending, but even then he showed reluctance to do it.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Merlin gives one to Wart when he's given the position of Kay's squire in the climax, sarcastically congratulating him and clearly bitter that Wart is basically throwing away his chance of an education for a dead end career.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Merlin gives one to Wart when he's given the position of Kay's squire in the climax, sarcastically congratulating him and clearly bitter that Wart is basically throwing away his chance of for an education for a dead end career.
7th Nov '16 7:33:23 AM Prinzenick
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Merlin gives one to Wart when he's given the position of Kay's squire in the climax, sarcastically congratulating him and clearly bitter that Wart is basically throwing away his chance of an education for a dead end career.
-->'''Wart''': Merlin, look! I'm a squire!"
-->'''Archimedes''': "Oh, very nice boy..."
-->'''Merlin''': "Yes, indeed. A fine monkey suit for polishing boots."
-->'''Wart''': It's...it's what all squires wear."
-->'''Merlin''': "And I thought you were going to amount to something! I thought you had a few brains!" (angrily kicks books aside) Great future! Ha! A stooge for that big lunk, Kay. Congratulations, boy!"
6th Nov '16 4:32:22 PM Prinzenick
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* AntiVillain: Sir Ector may be a [[JerkAss complete jerk]] to Wart, but he's not necessarily evil as much as his [[ControlFreak autocratic]], [[MiseryBuildsCharacter disciplinarian personality]] is a byproduct of the culture he lives in.

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* AntiVillain: Sir Ector may be a [[JerkAss complete jerk]] to Wart, but he's not necessarily evil as much as his evil, just [[ControlFreak autocratic]], very strict]], [[MiseryBuildsCharacter disciplinarian personality]] is a byproduct of the culture he lives in.and demanding]].
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