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The Grocer's Apprentice Short Film (Full Length) – 1997 Animation

The Grocer's Apprentice

Short Film (Full Length) – 1997 Animation

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Biscuits dance, food flies, dead chickens walk ... come closing time, the shelves of a dairy come to life. Four years in the making, this showcase of stop motion effects is based loosely on a classic poem by Goethe. The lively Indian-tinged soundtrack is inspired by the poem's most famous retelling: the Disney classic Fantasia, in the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence where Mickey Mouse battles magical broomsticks. The music is handled by John Psathas, who later composed for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. 

Key Cast & Crew

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Glenis Giles

Producer

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Ruvanie De Zoysa

As: The Apprentice

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Ashok Bhasin

As: The Grocer

Nobody's been in for ages....
– The Apprentice, shortly before unexpected guests emerge

Produced by

  • GG Films

  • Purple Lensmen Films

Acknowledgements

Dedicated to the memory of Max Julian.

Produced with the assistance of the Screen Innovation Production Fund, a partnership between Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Film Commission.

Music

Music Adapted and Composed by John Psathas. Performed by the Victoria University Orchestra.  John Psathas - Tabla   David Downes - Sitar

Music includes an adaptation of L'Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) by French composer Paul Dukas