Remember that scene in Disney’s animated Fantasia when Mickey Mouse, as an apprentice to the sorcerer Yen Sid (that's Disney spelled backward), stole his master's hat and made brooms dance? That scene is a classic. Now producer Jerry Bruckheimer has fashioned a live-action epic around that moment with Nicolas Cage as the wizard and Jay Baruchel as the apprentice. It would be a gross understatement to note that something is lost in translation. Everything is lost — style, substance, wit, character, logic. I could go on. Cage and Baruchel work hard to stay accessible, but the computer-generated effects come on like heavy artillery blowing away any hint of flesh and blood. The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be rated U for Untouched by Human Hands.
From The Archives Issue 153: January 31, 1974