Disney has released the first official trailer for next summer’s magically epic adaptation of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a role Mickey Mouse played the part of back in the 1940 animated movie, Fantasia. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is most commonly associated with Disney and Mickey but the story actually comes from the 18th century German poem Der Zauberlehrling written by Goethe.
Where the Fantasia scene stuck pretty close to the source material, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice seems to stray from it – though that doesn’t mean this won’t still be a fun summer flick. Here is the official description of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as per Disney:
“Walt Disney Studios, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub, the creators of the National Treasure franchise, present THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE — an innovative and epic comedy adventure about a sorcerer and his hapless apprentice who are swept into the center of an ancient conflict between good and evil. Balthazar Blake (NICOLAS CAGE) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (ALFRED MOLINA).
Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (JAY BARUCHEL), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE.”
Enjoy the trailer below:
You can also watch an HD version over at Apple and then let us know your thoughts on it.
You may have noticed the brooms and mops in the water scene that was recreated in Fantasia. I’m all for product placement but really, did there need to be a Dyson vacuum cleaner in the frame – TWICE!
I like Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, The Da Vinci Code) and I even liked Nicolas Cage back when he was doing movies like The Rock and Raising Arizona. I’m one of the few bloggers that doesn’t give him a pound of crap for making two National Treasure films (because I liked them both) but I think Cage is forgetting how to act. I’m sure some of you are going to say “He NEVER knew how to act” but to that I say watch World Trade Center or Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. In this trailer Cage delivers the line “I’ve been looking for you all of my life” as if he were talking to a woman and not a 20 something boy.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice screenplay was written by Matt Lopez, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard from a story that was penned by Lopez, Larry Konner and Mark Rosenthal.
What did you think of the trailer and how do you think The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will turn out next summer?
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice magically enters theaters July 16th, 2010.