The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Movie)

13 Dec


Bruckheimer, Jerry. (Producer). Turteltaub, Jon. (Director). (2010). The Sorcerer’s Apprentice [DVD]. Studio Films: Walt Disney Pictures. 109 min.

Plot Summary:

When Dave Stutler was just a boy, his class went on a field trip downtown. He really liked this girl, Becky, so he wrote a note asking her “friend or boyfriend” with boxes to check either one. He passed it down the line and she marked a box, but as it was getting passed back to him the wind caught it and it flew away. Dave proceeds to chase after the note, all the way into some random antique shop. Inside the shop he meets a guy, Balthazar, and is given a serpent ring that seems to come to life when put on his finger. He is told not to touch anything, but knocks over a vase, and out comes this other guy, Horvath, and the two begin to battle. Dave backs into another vase and spills water all down his front. When the shop catches on fire he runs out and meets his class who laugh at him because of his wet pants. When he tries to explain what happened, the shop has returned to normal. We jump to the future and Dave is now a teacher assistant, and one of his students happens to be Becky. Things could turn around yet, expect for that Balthazar character bent on ruining Dave’s life.

Critical Evaluation:

This is a wonderful fast paced fantasy film. The film gets its name from a scene in Disney’s Fantasia, which they put in the film for a reference. The story is intriguing, the music complements it well, the actors play their roles fantastically, the set is amazing, and the graphics used are outstanding. It follows the strict rules of your classic Disney movie with its happy ending and need for a love story to be mixed in somewhere. Nonetheless, it is a wonderful film that teaches you in believing in yourself. Dave Stutler is a normal geeky guy who all of a sudden finds himself in the middle of an outdated battle between two sorcerers and apparently he is supposed to be the almighty Primer Merlinean that can defeat the bad guy. Except, he has no confidence in himself, so he struggles with trying to learn magic until he realizes that he is strong and he must help save mankind from this evil sorcerer and gains some confidence in himself that ultimately saves the day. A fantastic movie that is highly recommended.

Reader’s Annotation:

There are sorcerers bent on destroying the world and the only thing stopping them is Dave Stutler, a pretty normal guy.


Jonathan Charles “Jon” Turteltaub was born on 8 August 1963 and is an American film director and producer. He graduated from Wesleyan University and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is the son of the television comedy writer Saul Turteltaub.

He has directed several successful mainstream films for the Walt Disney Studios, including 3 Ninjas, 1992; Cool Runnings, 1993; While You Were Sleeping, 1995; Phenomenon, 1996; Disney’s The Kid, 2000; National Treasure, 2004; and it’s sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets, 2007; and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, 2010. He produced the CBS television series, Jericho, and directed the first three episodes.



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Booktalking Ideas:

Dave just found out he’s the Prime Merlinean.

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Why I included this movie:

I think it’s a fantastic movie. Young adults are sure to like it.

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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in LIBR 265-10 Database Project/Blog


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