The legend of King Arthur, via the novel of T.H. White, was treated with modern touches by the Disney studios to appeal to the funny bone. This works well but dampens the mystical quality of the legend. In fact, when the lad Arthur pulls the sword out of the stone and is thus made king
of England, he does so just to pry open a door. The concentration is on Merlin's training of Arthur to become king, entailing the turning of the boy into a fish, a squirrel, and a bird. In each instance, the animal comes upon a hazardous situation which he must get out of by using his head instead
of his brawn. Thus a valuable lesson is learned, which appears to be pretty much the pu...