During the making of Fantasia, audiences were annoyed because Mickey had nothing but good luck unlike his friends Donald Duck and Goofy. When audiences started to ignore Mickey Walt Disney decided to cast him as the main character in the film Fantasia. The plan worked and Mickey once again became popular. Mickey was also given a new design. His circle body was changed into a pear shape and his nose became smaller and fans say Disney made him cuter. Mickey was transformed into a magical character that most people see today.
Powers and Abilities
Sorcerer Mickey is one of the most powerful characters in the Disney universe. Sorcerer Mickey can bring objects to life, control water and fire, fly, levitate, and more. Sorcerer Mickey most famous ability is the power to control water. Sorcerer Mickey was also shown to control the stars and comets.
Mickey was working for a sorcerer master named Yen Sid and he was learning how to perform magic and Mickey was doing chores at the time. Mickey was tired just like his master. Yen Sid went to rest and Mickey stole the sorcerer hat and became Sorcerer Mickey. Mickey tried to bring a broom to life to do the chores instead. Mickey fell fast asleep while the broom ended up flooding the entire tower. Mickey tried to stop it but it was to much, Yen Sid came and stop the madness and Mickey was sent to finish his work.
On The Mickey Mouse Club, Mickey would appear as Sorcerer Mickey every Wednesday for "Anything Can Happen Day".
Sorcerer Mickey reappears in the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment added to the sequel Fantasia 2000. Sorcerer Mickey also appears in live-action where he tells Donald it is time for his segment.
Sorcerer Mickey makes a few appearances on House of Mouse. In the episode "Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation", in which he had to save the House of Mouse from a flood caused by Donald Duck and Daisy Duck. In "Goofy For a Day", Mickey arrives in his sorcerer outfit at the opening of the show, telling the audience it's been a busy day.
In Mickey's House of Villains, when Jafar, Hades, Captain Hook, Ursula, and Cruella De Vil take over the House of Mouse, Mickey becomes Sorcerer Mickey and battles Jafar in order to take control back. He almost loses the battle when Jafar manages to knock his hat off, but fortunately Aladdin shows up to toss him Jafar's lamp and trap him in it.
In the show, rather than being Mickey himself, this version is an old man known as the Sorcerer's apprentice who is based on the original apprentice from the poem. He appears in the fourth episode of the fourth season, portrayed by Timothy Webber.Since becoming an apprentice to a skilled sorcerer, this unnamed man protects his teacher's creation, a box capable of transforming into a hat for absorbing and accumulating magic, from each person that takes on the Dark One's powers. As an added measure of security, the sorcerer curses the box so those who have succumbed to darkness may never open it, and only someone who has been tempted into darkness but has not given into it can do the opposite. While sweeping the grounds of the box's location, the latest Dark One, Zoso, arrives in an attempt to open the guarded relic. The apprentice, after being magically thrown aside by Zoso, watches the Dark One's futile endeavor to access the box's contents only to be blasted away by the artifact's magic. Once he informs the Dark One of why his mission will never succeed, a beaten Zoso teleports away.
Years later, Zoso is succeeded by the next Dark One, Rumplestiltskin, who also conspires to possess the sorcerer's box and utilize the hat within it. The apprentice, now living in a small cottage, stores the box in his basement for safekeeping. In a deal with Anna, Rumplestiltskin sends her to put a bottled substance, which she presumes to be poison, into the apprentice's tea. In actuality, it is an antidote to cure him from a poison he had ingested from Rumplestiltskin. During one day, the apprentice opens his door to Anna and invites her in for tea and biscuits. He even allows her to stay at his home as long as she desires. As he sweeps the floor, Anna checks on the boiling kettle. Despite Rumplestiltskin's instructions, she dumps the bottled substance into a fire. After Anna's departure from the cottage, the poison causes him to turn into a mouse. Since discovering the truth, Anna rushes to the apprentice's house and begs Rumplestiltskin to undo the poison's effects, but the Dark One tricks the girl into nearly succumbing to darkness but ultimately turning away from it. After Rumplestiltskin gains the box, the apprentice, in mouse form, jumps onto and bites the Dark One's hand. Startled, Rumplestiltskin drops the dagger, to which Anna seizes it and commands him to give the box to her. She forces him into sending her and the box to Arendelle as well as reverting the apprentice into a human.
Video Game Appearances
In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Mickey becomes a D-Link for Ventus and Aqua. While using him as a D-Link, they can either create an aerial attack or release magical light bullets to inflict damage on the enemy.
Mickey appears in his sorcerer form in the Fantasia-inspired world, Symphony of Sorcery. Like the Country of the Musketeers, this world is set sometime during Mickey's training in the past. Sora and Riku encounter Sorcerer Mickey during their journey through the Sleeping Realm. Much of his role in the original segment is reproduced, as are elements of him conducting a magical symphony.
The introduction of the game also has animation of him on the bottom screen conducting the music to go with the action above.
Sorcerer Mickey appears as a costume Mickey can change into.
Sorcerer Mickey was announced as a figure at the 2013 D23 Expo and was given away early to attendees, with a regular release set for January 2014. It is currently unknown if the normal version of Mickey will appear in the game.
In Disney's Hollywood Studios, Sorcerer Mickey occasionally comes out and takes pictures with guest. He is also the official mascot of the park. Sorcerer Mickey has his own spell card known as "Apprentice Mickey's Broomsticks" in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
At Disneyland, Sorcerer Mickey is also one of the variants of Mickey one can meet when visiting Mickey's Movie Barn in Mickey's Toontown.
Sorcerer Mickey & the Spring Sprite appears during the show's grand finale in the live nighttime water spectacular at Disney California Adventure. Sorcerer Mickey is seen making his own water effects and is the last character seen before the show ends.
In Fantasmic!, Mickey takes on the guise of Sorcerer Mickey in the opening and finale of the show in the American versions of the show, and despite promotional material, never fights villains as the Sorcerer (wearing his regular shorts when facing Jafar in the Orlando version, fighting Dragon Maleficent as the Brave Little Tailor).
In the Tokyo DisneySea version, Mickey stays as the Sorcerer throughout the show, battling The Witch's allies after being entrapped in the Magic Mirror. The Sorcerer's Apprentice theme also appears more often in the show's soundtrack. In the finale of this version of the show, Sorcerer Mickey's robes become white and glowing as he controls the fireworks and fountains of the finale.
Sorcerer Mickey's magical hat is the main item in the computer animated short held at Disney's Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland theme parks. The hat goes into many famous Disney films during some of their most famous Disney musical scenes. During the hat's adventure it is being followed by Donald Duck who is trying to get the hat back before Mickey notices it missing.
Sorcerer Mickey does make another appearance in Grad Explosion which is an annual fireworks spectacular reserved for high school graduates. This only takes place in Disneyland during Grad Nite which is held annually in May. Guests can see him by Sleeping Beauty's Castle standing on a special platform where the moat meets as they watch him control the silver spiral fireworks with his magic fingers.
- The story artists who developed The Sorcerer's Apprentice originally suggested Dopey from Snow White for the title role, but Disney insisted upon using Mickey.
- Sorcerer Mickey has been the mascot of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment from when it started until 2000. The original 1978 VHS covers of movies had him on the front of all of them (taking up most of the box), the 1986 Walt Disney Home Video logo had him in the beginning until 2001 (where it was alternating with the 1991 logo), as well as the 1988 Walt Disney Classics logo until 1994 when the video line ended. He was used on most print advertisements for Disney home entertainment until 2000. Also, on most Disney tapes released from 1996 to 1999, a clip from the first time he puts his sorcerer hat on in Fantasia is shown on a television to advertise upcoming and available Disney videos at the time.
- Sorcerer Mickey was awarded #4 on Time Magazine's Most Beloved Sorcerers list.
- In spite of appearing in only one segment in Fantasia, Sorcerer Mickey is marketed as the main protagonist of the film.
|Mickey and Friends|
|Mickey Mouse | Minnie Mouse | Donald Duck | Daisy Duck | Goofy | Pluto|
|Chip and Dale | Pete | Clarabelle Cow | Horace Horsecollar | Huey, Dewey and Louie | Scrooge McDuck | Max Goof | Ludwig Von Drake|
|Figaro | Mortimer Mouse | Clara Cluck | José Carioca | Panchito Pistoles | Humphrey the Bear | J. Audubon Woodlore | The Phantom Blot | Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse | Chief O'Hara | Millie and Melody Mouse | Butch the Bulldog | Yen Sid | Magic Brooms | Willie the Giant | Beagle Boys | Oswald the Lucky Rabbit | Ortensia | Amelia Fieldmouse | Gus Goose | Salty | Launchpad McQuack | Webby Vanderquack | Cuckoo Loca | Roxanne | P.J. | Robert Zimmeruski|
Incorporated Films and shorts: Alice in Wonderland | Aladdin/The Return of Jafar | Beauty and the Beast | Cinderella | Fantasia | Hercules | The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Lilo & Stitch | The Lion King | The Little Mermaid | Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers | Mulan | The Nightmare Before Christmas | Peter Pan | Pinocchio | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl | Sleeping Beauty | Steamboat Willie | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Tarzan | Tron/Tron: Legacy | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Villains: Master Xehanort | Ansem | Xemnas | Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent | Pete | Organization XIII | Vanitas | Xigbar/Braig | Xaldin | Vexen | Lexaeus | Zexion | Saïx/Isa | Demyx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Terra-Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Xehanort's Guardian
Other Characters: Jiminy Cricket | Naminé | Ansem the Wise/DiZ | Yen Sid | Xion | Axel/Lea | Master Eraqus | Dilan | Even | Aeleus | Ienzo | Lingering Will | Data Sora | Data Riku | Data Naminé | Data Roxas | Hayner | Pence | Olette | Riku-Ansem | Kairi's Grandma | Riku Replica | Anti-Saïx | Anti-Sora | Anti-Riku | Sora-Heartless | Jiminy's Journal
Disney Characters and Villains: Queen Minnie | Daisy Duck | Pluto | Tarzan | Winnie the Pooh | Aladdin | Genie | Tron | Magic Brooms | Peter Pan | Quasimodo | | Merlin | Tigger | Eeyore | Rabbit | Ariel | Mulan | Mushu | Jack Sparrow | Chernabog | Simba | Timon | Pumbaa | Nala | King Triton | Jafar/Genie Jafar | Alice | Cheshire Cat | Jack Skellington | Esmeralda | Phoebus | Beagle Boys | Scrooge McDuck | Huey, Dewey and Louie | Master Control Program | Sark | CLU | Rinzler | Beast | Stitch | Hercules | Tick-Tock the Crocodile | Snow White | Wendy (More coming soon)
Objects: Sea-salt ice cream | Wayfinder | Door to Darkness | Keyblade | X-blade | Mickey's Letters | Thalassa Shell | Kingdom Hearts Encoder | Keychain | Gummi Blocks | Bug Blox | Black coat| | Keyblade Armor
Locations: Land of Departure | Disney Castle | Disney Town | Timeless River | Datascape | Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion | Keyblade Graveyard | Destiny Islands | Traverse Town | Dive to the Heart | End of the World | Realm of Darkness | Castle Oblivion | Twilight Town | The World That Never Was | Castle That Never Was | Halloween Town | Neverland | Wonderland
Music: Dearly Beloved | Simple and Clean | Sanctuary | Mickey Mouse Club March | Swim This Way | Part of Your World | Under the Sea | Ursula's Revenge | A New Day is Dawning | Destati | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | He's a Pirate | Beauty and the Beast | This is Halloween | It's a Small World | Night on Bald Mountain | Winnie the Pooh | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | The Pastoral Symphony
Soundtracks: Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts Final Mix - Additional Tracks | Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep & 358/2 Days Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Original Soundtrack