Watch 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' Trailer

Those who grew up with the iconic animated Disney tale Fantasia might not find a ton of similarities between it and the new live-action movie arriving in theaters next summer. The first trailer has just popped up online over at Apple, and it gives us a mish-mosh of dark, intense special effects alongside a pretty creepily crazy Nicolas Cage (in the role of the Sorcerer).

Skinny Jay Baruchel (who was great in Tropic Thunder) stars as the apprentice this time around, and if you're searching for at least one connection between this and the 1940 cartoon (which itself was based on a poem from 1797), then you'll find it ever so briefly in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of Baruchel holding a broom while a room fills with water. In the cartoon, Mickey Mouse (in the role of the apprentice) is left with a broom to clean up, but then inadvertently causes all sorts of magical mishaps. And while it's nice to see that the new film will at least pay homage to that scene, it looks to be the only thing really connecting both tales.
Still, with a cast that also includes Alfred Molina (as the villain) and Monica Belluci, this is definitely on my list of films to watch out for in 2010. I just hope all those effects don't get in the way of what could be a fun trip down memory lane. The Sorcerer's Apprentice hits theaters on July 16th.
Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think.


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