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'Sorcerer's Apprentice' mops up: Adds dustbusters, vacuum cleaners, keeps original music
Dying to see "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"? You're not alone. And when you see it, you may be amused to see the classic mop-dancing sequence updated with dust-busters and vacuum cleaners.
Jay Baruchel -- who plays apprentice to Nicolas Cage's sorcerer -- gave The Dish Rag some exclusive insider info about the fantasy film, calling it "an epic movie" and adding that seeing it is like "going to an amusement park."
He's only seen snippets of it and is not sure if there will be any 3D scenes. "I know that it doesn't need to be [3D]. And it's got the best car chase in any movie this year."
He credits the Visual Effects Supervisor John Nelson, who won an Oscar for his work on "Gladiator" and also his FX for "Iron Man."
On the international expectations for the film: "I was well aware we are paying homage to a pretty well loved iconic little moment in film history" he says. "'The 'Sorceror's Apprentice' sequence in "Fantasia" has been important for a lot of people for generations."
A surprise homage to the Disney classic: "It was really a thrill for me to do our 21st century version of the scene where all the mops come to life, because it takes place now, it's also dust busters and vacuums cleaners and it's me instead of Mickey.
"It was exhilerating and daunting but really fun to do our own version, while paying respect to the sequence it was based on," he adds. "It's a pretty special flick."
And do they use the same music? The music composed by Paul Dukas in 1897 which was used in the 1940 Disney film, "Fantasia"? Jay says "Yes."
OK, now we're putting this on The Dish Rag's Must-See Summer Movie list.
Attention, Baruchel fans. See him in his new animated DreamWorks film, "How To Train Your Dragon," opening on March 31.
He plays a Viking geek named Hiccup who goes against his Viking heritage by befriending a dragon he names "Toothless." If you thought the dragon riding in that little movie called "Avatar" was awesome, wait until you see this.
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