Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Sorcerer's Apprentice

While his Wizard master is absent, a boy tries his own version of a Spell ... which continues uncontrollably. This Fairytale originated in a dialogue by Lucian; Goethe's verse version, "Der Zauberlehrling", inspired the famous symphonic poem L'Apprenti sorcier (1897) by Paul Dukas (1865-1935). At least three movie adaptations exist, best-known being the Dukas sequence of Disney's Fantasia (1940), in which Mickey Mouse plays the reckless apprentice who cannot stop his animated broom from fetching endless buckets of water – until rescued by the fatherly wizard Yen Sid ("Disney" backwards). [DRL]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.