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Madam Mim
Madam Mim.png
First appearance The Sword in the Stone
Voiced by Martha Wentworth

Madam Mim is a fictional character and antagonist in the Disney film "The Sword in the Stone." She is voiced by Martha Wentworth.

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Disney's Sword in the Stone

In the film, Madam Mim is a powerful witch living in the woods during King Arthur's youth. She is an old rival of Merlin. Mim is presented as boisterous, mischievous, and rather conceited, a sorceress much impressed with her own power who delights in causing trouble. She is also a somewhat morbid character with a distaste for sunshine and all things wholesome. When Arthur is transformed into a sparrow by Merlin, Mim catches and attempts to torture him when she discovers him in her home, eventually deciding to try and destroy him, being that she sees all good things as bad ("Yes, and in my book, that's bad!").

Madam Mim has a weakness that Merlin exploits. Merlin knows that she is "mad for games", this results in a "Wizards' Duel" between her and Merlin for Arthur's life, in which both parties transform into a series of animals to destroy one another. Since Mim wins the duel by cheating, Merlin quickly turns the tables by turning into a germ and goes inside her, which renders Mim ill and powerless.

Mim was animated by two of Disney's legendary Nine Old Men, Milt Kahl (who also designed the character, refining storyboard sketches from Bill Peet), and Frank Thomas. Kahl animated her initial interaction with Arthur, while Thomas oversaw her famous "Wizards' Duel" with Merlin.

Madam Mim's total screen time does not exceed 20 minutes in the film.

Comics

The Disney version of the character was adopted into the Donald Duck universe where she sometimes teams up with Magica De Spell and/or the Beagle Boys. She has also appeared in the Mickey Mouse universe where she teamed up with Black Pete on occasion and even with the Phantom Blot at one point. She was in love with Captain Hook in several stories; in others, with Phantom Blot. In many European Disney comics, she has lost her truly evil streak, and appears both morbid yet still relatively polite.

Madam Mim has appeared in numerous comics produced in the USA by the so-called Studio program in the 1960s and 1970s,[1] often as a sidekick of Magica de Spell. Most of these stories were published in Europe and South America. Among the artists are Jim Fletcher, Tony Strobl, Wolfgang and Katja Schäfer. Several new characters were introduced in these stories, including Samson Hex, an apprentice of Mim and Magica[2].

Powers and abilities

Madam Min is a very powerful witch, and her abilities and magical prowess include:

  • Transmution of matter;
  • Flight;
  • Certain empath and precognitive abilities;
  • Shapeshifting. (As shown in the aforementioned "Wizard's Duel", Mim is able to turn herself in to any animal, vegetable, mineral or monster that she chooses. She is also able to manipulate her biology and to resize herself to incalculable proportions).

References

  1. ^ First is in S 65121, according to the Inducks
  2. ^ Samson Hex at the Inducks

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