I enjoy writing short pieces for the Washington Post’s On Success page, and one of the most fun was today’s answer to the question of when I knew what career(s) I wanted. The answer to that one surprised even me.
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!
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.
Just to make things confusing, the short film that precedes “Toy Story 3” is called “Day & Night” and the big summer movie opening up on Wednesday is called “Knight and Day.” One is a 3D animated short (more about that coming soon) and the other is a big Hollywood extravaganza with glamorous stars and locations and lots of chase scenes and explosions. Got it?
The other movie opening up this week is “Grown Ups” with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider as childhood friends who get together as adults with their families. The trailer includes both drug and potty jokes as well as an extended sequence with a character swinging on a rope, slamming into a tree, and falling down hard. So, seems like they’re not taking that title too seriously.
“Totally awesome” Judy Moody is an exuberant, funny, “hair-challenged” third grader and force of nature who appears in a series of books. Now a movie called “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” is in the works and they are looking for a girl who is just right to play the part. Could you be Judy Moody? Download the audition info and send in a video by email or through the post office. Good luck, and if you get the part, don’t forget to thank me in your Oscar acceptance speech!