The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) Poster


The 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom that was used in the film is a one of a kind and actually belongs to Nicolas Cage. The filmmakers were trying to find a really cool classic car and Cage offered it as an option to use.
Real wolves were used in the scene where they chase Dave down the street. However, they were overwhelmingly tame and affectionate creatures so track points were painted on their faces so that the CG artists could animate a more scary face onto them.
One of the people that Horvath summons is Abigail Williams. At age 12, Williams was the first person to make the accusation of witchcraft in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts. This led to the Salem witch trials and the deaths of at least 20 people. There is no definite evidence of what happened to Williams after the trials ended.
The Chinatown sequence took 5 months to plan. Half a ton of confetti was used in this sequence.
The idea for the film was largely Nicolas Cage's as he wanted to explore a mystic world with a magical character.
The song that David plays with the Tesla's rays is Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". The second longer song is OneRepublic's "Secrets".
In the bathroom scene, Balthazar uses the Hungarian Mirror trick against Maxim Horvath. Horvath's last name is a typical Hungarian surname. It means "Croatian".
Dave's Tesla coil lightning bolts may have been special effects, but they accurately depict the giant electrical sparks capable of being generated by a Tesla coil of that size.
Although the film, as its title shows, is ultimately based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's famous German poem "Der Zauberlehrling" from 1797 (which inspired the piece of music by Paul Dukas from 1897, also briefly heard here, which in turn was used in the adaptation in "Fantasia" starring Mickey Mouse), the German version completely missed this connection, translating the title instead as "Duell der Zauberer" (Duel of the Sorcerers).
The Incantus - the sorcerer's Bible - took 3 months to be put together and was deliberately aged to resemble a tome from centuries back.
The broom sequence pays homage to Fantasia.
Balthazar says that humans use only 10% of their brains. This is actually a common misconception that has no scientific basis; humans use all areas of their brains, just at different times.
Two posters in Drake Stone's apartment are actually advertisements for the "Magic: the Gathering" card game - the game's logo appears above paintings of Drake, as if it was the title of his magic act.
During filming, an accident occurred when a filming of car chase sequence went awry. The filming accident, which caused two bystanders to suffer minor injuries, occurred Monday, May 4, shortly before 1 A.M. at the Sbarro at 47th Street and Seventh Avenue Street when one of the cars used in the chase sequence suddenly careened into a pizza parlor.
The first feature film to use Kodak's Vision3 250D 5207 film stock. Kodak provided the production with 250,000 feet of the stock months before it was commercially available.
The good and evil apprentices, "Dave Stutler" and "Drake Stone" both share the initials "D.S."
The alarm clock that Dave pressed when he was still a kid was a figure of Buzz Light year from the movie Toy Story which was also produced by Disney.
In one scene, Horvath goes to Dave's college to get information about him while posing as a teacher. When asked for his faculty identification card, he tells the student "You don't need to see my faculty identification card" while moving his staff in an homage to jedi mind tricks. Drake Stone acknowledges this by saying the phrase "These are not the droids you're looking for", much to Horvath's annoyance. Ironically, Star Wars is now owned by Disney.
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David doesn't recognize Drake, and asks if he is with Depeche Mode. Drake's look is reminiscent of early looks of Depeche Mode member Martin Gore.
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Jay Baruchel (Dave) and Alfred Molina (Horvath) would later work together on the animated TV series "Dragons: Race to the Edge", as Hiccup and Viggo respectively.
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