The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Teaser Trailer is Magical

Published 5 years ago by , Updated December 9th, 2009 at 7:03 pm,

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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.

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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.

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  1. Trailer looks pretty good. I don’t know how Cage will come out, acting wise, in this. I always hope for the best, but then get let down. Sometimes I think it might be better if he didn’t speak. The film might turn out to be pretty good. Here’s hoping!

  2. Is there a movie coming out that DOESN’T have Nic Cage in it?

    It’s like a movie has to have either Cage or Samuel L. Jackson in it or it won’t get made.

  3. Cage has gotten to the point where he doesnt really act anymore, he just plays himself. But if you like him, then thats ok, unfortunately this doesnt look that hot. And I would much rather see National Treasure 3

  4. Looks Good but would be better without Cage. Hate him.

  5. @ INK

    Don’t forget Morgan Freeman.

    But in all seriousness, this looks like it could become the next Pirates franchise for Bruckheimer.

    Also on the part of Nic Cage’s acting, I think Turteltaub has the ability to scale Cage down from himself. Which helps make the National Treasure movies so enjoyable.

  6. Cage is a lunatic. Plain and simple.

  7. Cage has made ( IMO ) a few crappy movies but the majority of the time his movies are a lot of fun. He is an unusual and very talented actor.
    I’m looking forward to this one , I think it looks terrific !!! :)

  8. Cage is a Director’s actor. He’s great if he has good direction, like in Adaptation or Leaving Las Vegas, if not you end up with the 2-d characters he usually portrays.

    The sorceror’s apprentice looks pretty crappy, but hey… it’s a Bruckheimer production after all.

  9. Cage is a good and very talented actor but his downside is he’s a “yes” man. If he had say no to some crap movies i think most people wouldn’t hate him now.

  10. epic fail terrible casting

  11. I was interested until I saw Cage and then I just shut it down…Way too many bad apples from this guy the last 5-10 years.

  12. Looks okay, I’ll likely watch it, I mean, I also kinda liked the National Treasure films in a “something to watch of a Sunday afternoon” film, but I see the name Jon Turtletaub and remember he’s little more than a director for hire. I doubt this will be amazing, but it might be fun.

  13. I like most of Cage’s work, especially the National Treasure franchise. I would like to see them make another one. I can’t see the trailer here at work, but Alfred Molina as the villain is a good move. Worked great in Spidey 2 and I can see it working good here too. Probably will see this when it’s on Blu-Ray, not a theater trip.

  14. doesn’t look bad but Cage is in it. uuugggg

  15. Hmmm, the description furnished above, particularly the bit: “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.”
    REALLY turned me off. It just sounds so… ugh, cliché. It sounds like an Americanized version of every other Japanese Animé.

    That said, the trailer DOES look like a fun romp.

    I am also one of those in the “Nicolas Cage annoys the bejeezus outta me” camp.

    This film, if I base it on the trailer, is going to have me torn between “oh cool! I wanna see this” and “meh, not another fricking Nick Cage movie where he acts like.. well.. Nick Cage”.

    I also, for honesty’s sake, have to say that I have a certain bias against everything that oozes from Disney’s orifices.

  16. looks like it has potential but well have too wait and see

  17. @INK

    dude i tottaly agree i was gonna say the same thing, i used to like cage but man has he been lackin on acting lately its like hes given up and knows that he will get parts no matter what. what happend to him gone in 60sec, the rock, con air all great movies such a shame come on cage step it back up.

  18. Name seems similar to “The Vampires Assistant”.

  19. I don’t understand why people go off on Cage so much. I think he is an excellent actor. Along with World Trade Center and Captain Corelli’s Mandarin, I thought Face-Off was excellent, Con-Air, City of Angels, Fear and Loathing, Knowing, etc. (I’ll admit to liking Gone in Sixty Seconds too)

    I’ll go see this mainly because of him. Sure, he’s made some recent mistakes in movies, but oh well.

  20. Didnt cage just file for bankruptcy? im sure he will do anything he can right now

  21. I can’t believe how harshly this thing is getting bashed. The special effects looked fantastic and spot on. Cage isn’t a bad actor per say just a bit generic. There are very few actors anymore who lose themselves in a role. I personally am thinking this might be a great flick to go take my kids to and just enjoy all the cool special effects and go “oooh” and “ahhh” at the appropriate times with them.
    I think far too many movie goers are forgetting that movies are supposed to be entertainment. Sometimes that means an epic storyline. Sometimes that means a special effects extravaganza. Sometimes it means a moving character study. Enjoy a specific movie for what it is people. Don’t go to Die hard expecting deep psychological and social barriers to be shattered. Go to Die hard to watch Bruce Willis blow crap up. I think audiences are becoming a little too……. “picky” of today’s cinema. American cinema isn’t European cinema. Enjoy it for what it is.

  22. I actually like Nic Cage but in this trailer his acting is awful. And what was up with that odd music choice for this trailer?

    It does LOOK good visually, but I don’t know…


  23. depeche mode song cool

  24. I pretty much avoid anything with Nic Cage in it. Can’t stand the guy.

  25. IT IS NOT A MYTH: Nick Cage is the WORST!

    on the other hand, good to hear a Depeche Mode tune added to the soundtrack. If a real actor was in the lead, this could really be something…alas Cage has doomed this for me.


  27. Cage should use his “Peggy Sue Got Married” character voice in every movie he is in. The noise (er background music) was annoying.

  28. nice depeche mode tuneage in the trailer!

  29. The Depeche Mode song is called John the Revelator and is from there most recent Album. It is very catchy but if you are of any of the Christian faiths then I advise avoiding checking it out as it may just tick you off. DM is very anti-Christian and the lyrics say as much. The tune though is catchy and I feel a good fit for this movie.