Walt Disney Studios recently sent us a couple of new stills from their upcoming release The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell and Monica Belluci.
They also asked us to share a few behind-the-scene facts from the movie with you:
In the film, Maxim Horvath (Molina) conjures up a small pack of wolves that chase title character Dave (Baruchel) through a New York City subway station. Although the station is — at times — a rather incredible set, the wolves are very real and are named Bandit, Sierra, Samson and Takoda. They live at Howling Woods Farm, a wolf sanctuary in Jackson Township, NJ. Howling Woods even has a fascinating collection of dozens of behind-the-scene photos from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as well as the four-legged stars’ appearance in the film’s calendar.
Every single page of the enormous and constantly growing Ecantus, which is featured in one of the new stills with Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel, had to be aged individually. It was done so by experts in medieval bookbinding who used a battery of methods to do so, ranging from sanding the papers to wetting them with tea.
Sorcerer Sun Lok’s (Gregory Woo) armored skirt was made by the costuming department from more than a thousand hand-pounded leather plates and was bounded row by row. If that wasn’t enough, they even made a second copy of the armored skirt exactly the same way.
The seven domains in the Merlin Circle are: Space-Time, Motion, Matter, Elements, Transformation, Mind and, in the center of it all, Love — the forbidden domain. The multi-colored flames that shoot out of the Merlin Circle in the underground lab were created like a gigantic stove-top burner with five rods, each six inches below the deck in the water tank.
Below is our gallery of all the stills from the film we’ve received so far. The two newest are at the beginning of the gallery.
All images © Disney Enterprises and Jerry Bruckheimer Productions
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice opens nationwide on July 14.
Walt Disney Studios and the Disney Channel have just released this clip of Sorcerer’s Apprentice stars Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel introducing the scene in the new film inspired by the title segment from Disney’s Fantasia in which the apprentice breaks a cardinal rule and attempts to use his new-found craft as a shortcut only to find himself knee-deep in trouble (and water).
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer opens nationwide on July 14. For all of our coverage of the film, check this bookmark.
Walt Disney Studios has just made two of its new television spots for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Neither appears to offer much in the way of new cool footage and completely focus on the relationship between Sorcerer Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) and Apprentice Dave (Jay Baruchel), but they’re still worth a look.
‘Apprentice Wanted’ plays on the theme of the film’s tagline: the coolest ever and basically reads as a typical want ad with footage of the film tossed in for good measure.
The second ad begins by playing a bit on the film’s inspiration, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Mickey Mouse from Disney’s Fantasia, but quickly spins into a more generic advertisement for the film, right down to the old man’s shoes line that seems to find its way into everything promoting the film.
The movie with the tagline The Coolest Job Ever introduces to us what it calls The Coolest Scene Ever in this new peek at the upcoming release from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
Back in 1940, Mickey Mouse thrilled audiences as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a student of the great wizard Yensid (that’s Disney backwards), when an attempted work shortcut using magic ran afoul. Just 70 years later, the film based on that single sequence from Disney’s Fantasia pays its homage when apprentice Dave (Jay Baruchel) ignores the advice of his master Balthazar (Nicolas Cage).
Don’t blink and you’ll also catch a glimpse of one of the many very special items stocked at Balthazar’s shop, the Arcana Cabana.
Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a student of Merlin and a Sorcerer. More than 1,000 years old, Balthazar has been searching the globe until he finds the Prime Merlinean, the descendent of Merlin and inheritor of his great powers. When Balthazar finally discovers him in 10-year-old Dave Stutler, he finds himself with a very reluctant sorcerer’s apprentice.
It’s hard to imagine given what we’ve already seen from the new Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer joint The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, loosely based on the Fantasia segment of the same name that there could be even more F/X to ogle.
Truth is though, most of the F/X shots you’ll find in the new trailer have been seen in previously released clips, but the trailer now pays special attention to them, offering us more of the amazing sights the film has to offer. Of special note is the Wall Street Bull that temporarily takes over the Bowling Green area of Manhattan, the initial insect-ized appearance of Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina) and — of course — the homage to the film’s inspiration, the quintessential mop scene that results when the apprentice Dave (Jay Baruchel) defies the wizard Balthazar’s (Nicolas Cage) strict rule to never use magic as a shortcut.
Walt Disney Studios has just sent us these hi-res stills and publicity images from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice featuring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Monica Belluci and Teresa Palmer which we’ve added to our gallery for the film below (newest images first).
Although they’ll also probably be released in time, if you’re hungry for additional stills from the film, be sure to check out the junior novelization of the film which contains several full color photos from the motion picture.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer will be released nationwide on July 14. For all of our coverage of the film, follow this bookmark.
All images © Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc.
The theatrical release date for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has been moved up a couple of days to July 14, a.k.a. Bastille Day.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Australia, we also get a look at some new footage from the film in the following featurette, Good vs. Evil, which touches upon the relationship between sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) and his apprentice (Jay Baruchel) and the sorcerer Horvath (Alfred Molina). Horvath’s assistant, Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell) appears to have given this preview the slip.
With quite a bit of new footage including an extremely irritated Wall Street Bull, Walt Disney Studios has just released this 60 second television spot for its upcoming F/X driven thriller, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice opens nationwide on July 16
In recognition of his remarkable body of work, Sprint (NYSE:S) is pleased to present A Cinematic Celebration of Jerry Bruckheimer on May 17, 2010 in Hollywood. Five Bruckheimer-produced blockbusters will screen in Hollywood during this special event celebrating the producer of some of the most successful motion pictures of the last 35 years. Each screening will be introduced by an actor or director who helped make the film so memorable. The event will coincide with the Hollywood premiere of Bruckheimer’s newest epic action-adventure, the much-anticipated “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Film Institute (AFI).
The films and artists confirmed to take part in the celebration are:
“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010) – Hollywood Premiere
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Talent from “Prince of Persia” and the other Bruckheimer films screening during the evening will walk the red carpet beginning at 6 p.m. “Prince of Persia” opens in theaters nationwide May 28, 2010.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)
El Capitan Theatre, 7 p.m.
Orlando Bloom, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce and director Gore Verbinski will reunite to introduce the film that kicked off one of the most successful franchises in movie history, and a cultural phenomenon.
Mann Chinese 6, 7 p.m.
Bruce Willis and Michael Clarke Duncan will introduce this blockbuster film which raised the bar for action and visual effects.
“National Treasure” (2004)
Mann Chinese 6, 7 p.m.
Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight and Justin Bartha join director Jon Turteltaub to present Jerry Bruckheimer’s most recent franchise-launching motion picture, which helped to make American history exciting again to millions of people around the world.
“Top Gun” (1986)
Mann Chinese 6, 7 p.m.
The film’s director, Tony Scott, will introduce the smash hit that helped launch Tom Cruise’s career. Actor Tom Skerritt will also be on hand to celebrate this classic.
“Beverly Hills Cop” (1984)
Mann Chinese 6, 7 p.m.
Eddie Murphy will present the much-imitated but never improved upon action comedy that catapulted him to superstardom.
“Jerry Bruckheimer is one of the most prolific producers of our time, and Disney is thrilled to be a part of this event,” said Rich Ross, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. “His history of success and collaboration with the Walt Disney Studios is unparalleled and in honor of Jerry’s accomplishments, Disney has established an endowed scholarship in his name at the AFI Conservatory.”
“Across the history of American film, few film producers have earned a place in the cultural pantheon as a household name. Jerry Bruckheimer is one of those rare exceptions,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “His name is synonymous with the kind of heart-pounding, cinematic spectacle that has driven masses of film lovers around the world to experience the pure and explosive joy of the movies. And most significantly, his legacy will continue in support of the art form thanks to Disney’s establishment of a Jerry Bruckheimer scholarship at the AFI Conservatory.”
“We are delighted to honor Jerry Bruckheimer for his contributions to the culture of cinema over the last 35 years. This celebration is especially meaningful because it is an investment in the future of the American Film Institute, an indispensable cinematic institution that has nurtured the careers of some of our most acclaimed filmmakers,” said Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint. “Just as Jerry Bruckheimer has used cutting-edge technology to bring his audiences the best in entertainment, Sprint continues to break new ground and lead the 4G revolution with the upcoming availability of HTC EVO 4G, America’s first 4G phone. EVO 4G takes mobile multimedia, live video streaming, gaming and picture downloads to a whole new level.”
Event tickets can be purchased at www.Disney.com/BruckheimerCelebration starting April 23, 2010.