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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Chinatown sequence took 5 months to plan. Half a ton of confetti was used in this sequence.
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The idea for the film was largely Nicolas Cage's as he wanted to explore a mystic world with a magical character.
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The Incantus - the sorcerer's Bible - took 3 months to be put together and was deliberately aged to resemble a tome from centuries back.
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Dave's Tesla coil lightning bolts may have been special effects, but they accurately depict the giant electrical discharge capable of being generated by a Tesla coil of that size.
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When Dave is trying to pick up the Grimhold near the end of this film, the scene is reminiscent of the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) where Indy tries to gauge how to much the gold statue weighs. In this film, Dave rubs his chin thoughtfully (just as Indy does). When Dave picks up the Grimhold, he immediately looks up to see if the ceiling will collapse (as it does in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)). The iconic scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) stars Alfred Molina, who plays Horvath in this film.
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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.
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The song that David plays with the Tesla's rays is Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". The second longer song is OneRepublic's "Secrets".
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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 (1940) starring Mickey Mouse), the German version completely missed this connection, translating the title instead as "Duell der Zauberer" (Duel of the Sorcerers).
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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.
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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".
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David asks if Drake is from Depeche Mode. Drake's look is reminiscent of early looks of Depeche Mode member Martin Gore.
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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.
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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.
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Jay Baruchel and Teresa Palmer were attached to George Miller's canceled Justice League of America movie.
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One of the rings collected at the end is based on the five pointed star medallion from Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) in the scenes in the Isle of Naboombu.
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The good and evil apprentices, "Dave Stutler" and "Drake Stone" share the initials "D.S."
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The alarm clock that Dave pressed when he was a kid was a figure of Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story (1995) (1995), also produced by Disney.
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Toby Kebbell (Drake Stone) and Alfred Molina (Horvath) also acted in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) in the same year, though they didn't have any scenes together in Prince.
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In the final scene when Dave revitalizes Balthazar, he calls him "Bud" which is his pet name (as Hiccup) for Toothless the dragon in How to Train Your Dragon (2010).
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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 (2015), as Hiccup and Viggo respectively.
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The scene with the mops, including the music that plays and the shot of Dave's shadow chopping a mop with an axe, is a reference to this film's namesake, The Sorcerer's Apprentice from Fantasia (1940).
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Peyton List and Robert Capron would later go on to appear in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012).
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Becky mentions how Dave drew King Kong on the bus window and he lines up with the Empire State Building. Toby Kebbel (Drake) did the motion capture for Kong in Kong: Skull Island.
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Peyton List also appeared in Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), another film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
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Jay Baruchel and Jake Cherry also starred together in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (2009)
Nicholas Cage's 3rd time with Disney since he starred in National Treasure and its sequel.
Alfred Molina's first Disney film. His second was Frozen 2.
Brie Larson auditioned for Becky.
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Jay Bachual's only Disney role to date.
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After the credits there is a scene that implies Horvath is still alive. The blue wizard hat from Fantasia (1940) shows up too.
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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 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Drake Stone acknowledges this by saying the phrase "These are not the droids you're looking for", much to Horvath's annoyance. Coincidentally, Star Wars was acquired by Disney in 2012.
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