This topiary features Mickey Mouse as the young apprentice of the sorcerer, Yen Sid. (Disney spelled backwards). His attempt to clean the workshop by bringing a broom to life does not go well. This scene was one of eight in Fantasia, the animated film released by Walt Disney Productions in 1940. Few people know the story’s origin. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was a poem written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1797.