The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the third and most famous segment in Disney's Fantasia and went on to be the only returning segment in its sequel, Fantasia 2000. Based on the poem of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the musical piece; it stars Mickey Mouse as the titular apprentice.
Unlike most of the tracks in the film, which were recorded by the Philadelphia Orchestra, this composition was the first to be recorded for the film by an ad-hoc 100-piece handpicked orchestra of Los Angeles-based session musicians, which Stokowski conducted. The recording was done in January 1938 at the Pathe Studios in Culver City.
The scene starts with Sorcerer Yen Sid working on his magic and his apprentice; Mickey doing the chores. After some magic, Yen Sid puts his hat down and retires to his chambers. When he goes out of sight, Mickey puts the hat on and tries the magic on a broom. He commands the broom to carry buckets of water to fill a cauldron. When Mickey is satisfied, he sits down on the chair and falls asleep.
He dreams of being a powerful sorcerer high on top of a pinnacle commanding the stars, planets, and water. Mickey wakes up to find that the room is filled with water, as the cauldron is overflowing when the broom does not stop. Mickey tries to stop the broom, but with no success, and the broom walks right over him, bringing more and more water. Mickey, in desperation, grabs a huge axe, and chops the broom into pieces. Just as it appears to be all over, the little split pieces, lying quietly on the floor begin to come alive and stand up right, growing arms out of their sides, and then turn into more brooms with buckets of water. They keep going to the vat to fill it up. Mickey tries to get the water out, but finds that there are just too many brooms. Mickey looks for a spell in the spell book to stop the brooms but then finds himself in a whirlpool. Luckily, Yen Sid comes in and sees this, and with a wave of his hands, the water subsides and the army of brooms turn into one broom. Yen Sid glares at Mickey, who gives him back his hat and the broom. He picks up the bucket and starts to slowly finish his chores.
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