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Shooting ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

posted by Nell Minow

One of my all-time favorite movie moments is in the original “Fantasia” (and included in “Fantasia 2000″ as well), the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” sequence when Mickey Mouse, as the trainee working for a powerful wizard, decides to try a little magic himself and enchant a broom so it will carry the heavy buckets of water from the well and give him a break. Things do not go well. The music is by Paul Dukas, inspired by a poem written by Goethe that begins:

Good! The sorcerer, my old master
left me here alone today!
Now his spirits, for a change,
my own wishes shall obey!
Having memorized
what to say and do,
with my powers of will I can
do some witching, too!


The forthcoming live action “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel will re-create that famous scene and here the film-makers give us a glimpse of the care they put into getting it right.


Here’s another look at the fabulous original.

  • jestrfyl

    I have seen this trailer a couple of times. I share your delight in the Fantasia version – and Disney has employed that image of Mickey to great profit. I hope the coming film does Fantasia justice and does not wind up as embarassing as “The Country Bears” film was.

  • Nell Minow

    Ooof, don’t remind me of “Country Bears!” But that was a winner compared to “The Haunted Mansion!” Fingers crossed for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

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