The first trailer for Walt Disney’s upcoming action/fantasy film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice did a good job of highlighting the magical special effects that would be on display in the live-action re-imagining of a segment from the classic Mouse House cartoon Fantasia. The trailer also provided glimpses of the narrative and humor within, but a new featurette (titled “Good vs. Evil”) fleshes out those elements a bit more. Director Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) and stars Nicholas Cage and Jay Baruchel explain the plot in greater detail, and the featurette nature of the footage allows for longer clips to demonstrate how the comedic beats of the Cage/Baruchel partnership will play out.
Check out the clip, and news of a release date shuffle, after the jump.
Previously, Disney had slotted The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for release on July 16, 2010, but recently moved the date up two days to July 14th for a Wednesday unveiling [via Box Office Mojo]. That seems to be a sign of confidence in the potential family-friendly tentpole, or at least in its box office potential.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Balthazar Blake, a loopy but powerful sorcerer, recruits a reluctant physics student, Dave Stutler, as his apprentice. While trying to survive his crash course in magic, Dave learns that he has become part of an ancient battle between good and evil that threatens the existence of Manhattan. And to think Mickey Mouse thought he had problems with a couple of crazy mops.