A Knight for a Day
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|A Knight for a Day|
|Directed by||Jack Hannah|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Story by||Bill Peet|
|Music by||Oliver Wallace|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
A Knight for a Day is a 1946 Disney short film starring Goofy and which is loosely based on the novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Directed by Jack Hannah, this 7-minute animated comedy short was scripted by Bill Peet. While classified as a Goofy cartoon, Goofy himself is not used in this film, but his lookalikes are used as a basis for all the characters.
The story takes place at a jousting field in medieval Canterbury, incorrectly described as being in the British Empire, and features a jousting competition between Sir Loinsteak and Sir Cumference, the black knight, with a sportscaster-like announcer calling the action of the battle. The prize for this contest is the right to marry Princess Esmeralda.
Due to a pre-bout accident, Sir Loinsteak is knocked out, leaving his sappy yet clever squire, Cedric, to take his place in the tournament. While Sir Cumference dominates the inexperienced simpleton early on, Cedric's clever and unorthodox improvisations tip the scales in the youth's favor. Finally after an assault with his lance, sword and mace, Sir Cumference collapses from exhaustion and Cedric wins by default. Princess Esmeralda leaps to her new fiancé with glee, Cedric soaks in the crowd adoration, while a serf nonchalantly pushes Sir Cumference from the field in a scoop shovel.
- Harty, Kevin J. (1 January 1999). "King Arthur on Film: New Essays on Arthurian Cinema". McFarland. Retrieved 3 May 2018 – via Google Books.
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