Issue Commentary

07/02/02 – The Sorcerer’s Appren⁠t⁠⁠i⁠ce

By: The James Madison Institute / July 2, 2002

The James Madison Institute

Issue Commentary

July 2, 2002

Perhaps the best-known vignette in the Walt Disney animated classic Fantasia features Mickey Mouse as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” In it, Mickey, who has learned just enough magic to get a spell underway, finds he cannot get the spell to stop, and every method he comes up with only makes the situation worse. Finally, the real sorcerer arrives and puts everything right. Mickey is chagrined and promises never to do it again.