Oz The Great And Powerful is out today, so in tribute here is our list of the top 10 practitioners of magic from Disney’s illustrious back catalogue.
10) Balthazar Blake – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
This movie was a bit of a box office bomb, but who can resist Nic Cage playing a bedraggled, immortal wizard with all his drawling nonsense?
9) Merlin – The Sword in the Stone
Merlin is not just a wizard, but also a bit of a nerd. He wants the young Arthur to learn the importance of intelligence over physical might, and is awesome at packing. He also knows how to deal with pompous talking owls.
8) Queen Grimhilde – Snow White
If they gave out medals for murderous narcissism, this wicked witchy monarch would win one, then polish it until she could gaze at her reflection in its surface.
7) Rafiki – The Lion King
A baboon witch doctor who can read prophecies, paint with fruit and do martial arts? Yes please!
6) Ursula – The Little Mermaid
Who’s afraid of a tubby octo-lady who can go Godzilla on your ass if you misbehave? Millions of children and at least a few sensitive adults, that’s who.
5) Luke Skywalker – Star Wars
SHUT UP LUKE SKYWALKER IS SO A WIZARD! And Disney owns him, so he belongs in this list.
4) The Wizard – The Wizard of Oz
The precursor to James Franco’s Oscar Diggs was of course the original Wizard of Oz. Although he’s a trickster and a charlatan in the eyes of some, his illusions have the same impact as real magic, so what’s the difference?
3) Maleficent – Sleeping Beauty
Winner of the Best Villain’s Name prize 1959, you can’t help but wonder why someone who refers to themselves as the ‘mistress of all evil’ would even expect to be invited to the christening of a vulnerable, privileged baby. It would have been very irresponsible of the parents, for a start.
2) Jafar – Aladdin
If Disney’s Aladdin taught us anything as kids, it was that you can never trust a vizier. With a rad beard and a cool cobra-tipped cane, this bloke lives and breathes evil. It’s a wonder that anyone trusted him near royalty.
1) Mickey Mouse – Fantasia
Oh hubris, thy name is Mickey Mouse! Don’t you know that you shouldn’t attempt advanced spells without proper magical instruction? At least you’ve got musical accompaniment for your mischief.