It's only natural that Nicolas Cage follows up his bizarre, acclaimed work in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by reuniting with his National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub to star in an adaptation of a ten minute Fantasia segment about an anthropomorphized mouse who abuses magic to create broom havoc. Because after all, everyone knows you follow up Herzog with Turteltaub.

Yeah, The Sorcerer's Apprentice was a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe written about 150 years before Fantasia borrowed it, but this new and improved CGI-athon is a Disney production and if you think a bunch of Disney execs sat around a big table and declared "Let's spend $100 million on a Johann Wolfgang von Goeth poem adapatation!" you are a crazy person. You can take a leap over to Apple trailers and take a peek at the new trailer yourself (or watch it after the jump), although only the title and a brief shot of Jay Baruchel (playing the part of Mickey Mouse) combating living brooms suggests any sort of relationship to the Fantasia segment.
At best, The Sorcerer's Apprentice looks like a fun fantasy romp full of action and adventure. At worst, it looks like Cage and Alfred Molina mugging for a paycheck while shooting computer generated flames at each other in a lifeless bore that takes itself way too seriously and tries way to hard to be cool and hip when it should be aiming for charming and fun (and the thing has FIVE writers credited, which means at least ten worked on it). Either way, the still jaw droppingly good looking Monica Bellucci co-stars, so at least there's that. And there's giant stone birds coming to life and menacing people and I can get behind that, too.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is set for release on July 16, 2010, where it will try to grab the National Treasure and Harry Potter audiences in one fell swoop.

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