Giselle indulges in some prime retail therapy at one point. Plus, lots of tie-ins to the Disney Princess marketing machine. Parents need to know that Enchanted is a mostly live-action Disney fairy tale that will appeal to kids -- even very young ones. Like most Disney flicks, the romance is chaste a few kisses , the violence is mild though the climactic battle with a dragon at the end could scare some sensitive little ones , and the language isn't an issue.
That said, there are quite a few product placements not to mention the tie-ins to the whole Disney Princess juggernaut and one scene of a character getting drunk at a bar. Add your rating See all 87 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 95 kid reviews. But it quickly turns into an unconventional fish-out-of-water romantic comedy with infectious musical numbers. Giselle's true love, Prince Edward James Marsden , has a stereotypical witch of a stepmother Susan Sarandon who'd rather dispatch Giselle to a land where no one is happy for too long aka New York City than deal with her usurping the throne.
But what Giselle discovers in Manhattan is that there's a little magic everywhere, mostly in the form of Robert Patrick Dempsey , the single-father divorce attorney who takes Giselle in to please his 6-year-old daughter Rachel Covey. Naturally, Edward finds his way to Giselle -- partially thanks to the "magic mirror" of a motel television -- but by that point no one in the audience will be rooting for them to hook up back in Andalasia. This is a spectacularly sweet film that proves even dashing princes aren't a match for damaged single fathers.
Amy Adams is charming and lovely and obviously destined to be a leading lady. As she beckons rats, pigeons, and bugs to clean Robert's Upper West Side pad, it's clear she has the sparkle to make her guileless character enchanting instead of annoying. It's refreshing to see Disney poke a little fun at its classic fairy tales with scenes like that one; even kids who can't recognize all of Enchanted 's various princess archetypes and tongue-in-cheek jokes will fall for this winning love story -- as will their parents.
Families can talk about what made kids want to see Enchanted -- the story or the advertising and Disney Princess marketing? Why are Disney Princess products so popular? Families can also discuss how this movie fits into the fairy tale genre. What other stories does it make references to? How is the story different from other princess movies? Do you think Giselle made the right decision?
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Out of the film's minutes of running time, ten of the approximately 13 minutes of animation are at the beginning of the film. Lima tried to "cram every single piece of Disney iconic imagery" that he could into the first ten minutes, which were done in traditional cel animation in contrast to computer-generated 3-D animation as a tribute to past Disney fairy tale films such as Sleeping Beauty , Cinderella , and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This film, although quite different in terms of plot from any previous Disney film, also contained obvious homages to other Disney films of the distant past, such as Old Yeller , The Shaggy Dog , Swiss Family Robinson , Bon Voyage!
As most of Disney's cel animation artists were laid off after the computer graphics boom of the late s,  the 13 minutes of animation were not done in-house but by the independent Pasadena -based company James Baxter Animation, which was started by noted lead animator James Baxter. Although Lima wanted the animation to be nostalgic , he wanted Enchanted to have a style of its own.
Baxter's team decided to use Art Nouveau as a starting point. For Giselle, the hand-drawn animated character had to be "a cross between Amy Adams and a classic Disney princess. And not a caricature. And the costumes had to align closely to the live-action design. To maintain continuity between the two media, Lima brought in costume designer Mona May during the early stages of the film's production so the costumes would be aligned in both the animated and live-action worlds.
He also shot some live-action footage of Amy Adams as Giselle for the animators to use as reference, which also allowed the physical movement of the character to match in both worlds.
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Test scenes completed by the animators were shown to the actors, allowing them to see how their animated selves would move. Principal photography began in April and ended in July However, shooting in New York became problematic as it was in a "constant state of new stores, scaffolding and renovation". The first scene in New York, which features Giselle emerging from a manhole in the middle of Times Square , was filmed on location in the center of the square. Because of the difficulties in controlling the crowd while filming in Times Square , general pedestrians were featured in the scene with hired extras placed in the immediate foreground.
The five-minute scene took 17 days to finish due to the changing weather, which allowed only seven sunny days for the scene to be filmed.
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Many scenes were filmed at Steiner Studios , which provided the three large stages that Enchanted needed at the same facility. To create the costumes, May spent one year in pre-production working with animators and her costume department of 20 people, while she contracted with five outside costume shops in Los Angeles and New York City. For the character of Giselle, her journey to becoming a real woman is reflected in her dresses, which become less fairy tale—like as the film progresses. Her wedding dress at the beginning of the film directly contrasts her modern gown at the end of the film.
Unlike Giselle, Prince Edward does not adapt to the real world and James Marsden , who plays Edward, had only one costume designed for him. May's aim was to try "not to lose Marsden in the craziness of the outfit May was delighted that Lima "went for something more fashion-forward" with Susan Sarandon 's Queen Narissa. The film's score was written by accomplished songwriter and composer Alan Menken , who has worked on a number of Disney films previously.
Fellow composer Stephen Schwartz wrote the lyrics for six songs, also composed by Menken. Menken became involved with the film in the early stages of the film's development and invited Schwartz to resume their collaboration. Schwartz found that it was easier to justify situations in which the characters would burst into songs in Enchanted than in other live-action musicals as its concept "allowed the characters to sing in a way that was completely integral to the plot of the story.
The first song played in the film, "True Love's Kiss", was written to be "a send-up of, and an homage to, the style of those Disney animated features", namely, "I'm Wishing" Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and " A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes " Cinderella , during which Disney heroines sing about the joy of being loved. Out of the six completed songs written and composed by Menken and Schwartz, five remained in the finished film. The title song, "Enchanted," a duet featuring Idina Menzel and James Marsden , was the only song of Menken's and Schwartz's authorship and composition that was deleted from the movie.
The majority of the visual effects shots in Enchanted were done by Tippett Studio in Berkeley, California, who contributed a total of shots. These shots involved virtual sets, environmental effects and CG characters that performed alongside real actors, namely the animated animals during the "Happy Working Song" sequence, Pip and the Narissa dragon during the live-action portions of the film.
CIS Hollywood was responsible for 36 visual effects shots, which primarily dealt with wire removals and composites. Reel FX Creative Studios did four visual effects shots involving the pop-up book page-turn transitions while Weta Digital did two. Out of all the animals that appear in the " Happy Working Song " sequence, the only real animals filmed on set were rats and pigeons. The real animals captured on film aided Tippett Studio in creating CG rats and pigeons, which gave dynamic performances such as having pigeons that carried brooms in their beaks and rats that scrubbed with toothbrushes.
On the other hand, all the cockroaches were CG characters. Pip, a chipmunk who can talk in the 2D world of Andalasia, loses his ability to communicate through speech in the real world so he must rely heavily on facial and body gestures. This meant the animators had to display Pip's emotions through performance as well as making him appear like a real chipmunk. The team at Tippett began the process of animating Pip by observing live chipmunks which were filmed in motion from "every conceivable angle", after which they created a photorealistic chipmunk through the use of 3D computer graphics software, Maya and Furrocious.
On some occasions, a small stuffed chipmunk with a wire armature on the inside was placed in the scene. In other situations, a rod with a small marker on the end or a laser pointer would be used to show the actors and cinematographer where Pip is. Unlike Pip, the Narissa dragon was allowed to be more of a fantasy character while still looking like a living character and a classic Disney villain.
Set pieces were made to move back and forth in addition to having a computer-controlled lighting setup and a repeatable head on the camera that were all synchronized. In the film's final sequence, in which Narissa climbs the Woolworth Building while clutching Robert in her claws, a greenscreen rig was built to hold Patrick Dempsey in order to film his face and movements.
The rig was a "puppeteering" approach that involved a robotic arm being controlled by three different floor effects artists. Disney had originally planned to add Giselle to the Disney Princess line-up, as was shown at a Toy Fair where the Giselle doll was featured with packaging declaring her with Disney Princess status, but decided against it when they realized they would have to pay for lifelong rights to Amy Adams ' image.
Once Upon Andalasia , which is a prequel to the film, about Giselle and Pip rescuing Andalasia from a magic spell. A New Classic Comes True. The site's critical consensus reads: Positive reviews praised the film's take on a classic Disney story, its comedy and musical numbers as well as the performance of its lead actress, Amy Adams. Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four, describing it as a "heart-winning musical comedy that skips lightly and sprightly from the lily pads of hope to the manhole covers of actuality" and one that "has a Disney willingness to allow fantasy into life".
LA Weekly described the film as "the sort of buoyant, all-ages entertainment that Hollywood has been laboring to revive in recent years most recently with Hairspray but hasn't managed to get right until now"  while Todd McCarthy of Variety commented, "More than Disney's strictly animated product, Enchanted , in the manner of the vast majority of Hollywood films made until the '60s, is a film aimed at the entire population — niches be damned. It simply aims to please, without pandering, without vulgarity, without sops to pop-culture fads, and to pull this off today is no small feat.
Michael Sragow of Baltimore Sun remarked that the film's "piquant idea and enough good jokes to overcome its uneven movie-making and uncertain tone",  while Claudia Puig of USA Today stated that "though it's a fairly predictable fish-out-of-water tale actually a princess-out-of-storybook saga , the casting is so perfect that it takes what could have been a ho-hum idea and renders it magical. Amy Adams herself garnered many favorable reviews. Reviewers praised her singing ability   and asserted that her performance, which was compared by some to her Academy Award -nominated performance in Junebug , has made Adams a movie star, likening it to Mary Poppins ' effect on Julie Andrews ' career.
Empire stated that the film was targeted at children but agreed with other reviewers that the "extremely game cast" was the film's best asset. It gave the film three out of five. Bradshaw gave the film two out of five.
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According to director Kevin Lima, "thousands" of references are made to past and future works of Disney in Enchanted ,  which serve as both a parody of and a "giant love letter to Disney classics". While Disney animators have occasionally inserted a Disney character into background shots — for example, Donald Duck appears in a crowd in The Little Mermaid — they have avoided "mingling characters" from other Disney films for fear of weakening their individual mythologies. Jessie Nelson was attached to write the screenplay and Anne Fletcher to direct.
Disney hoped the cast members from the first film would return and for a release as early as On January 12, , composer Alan Menken was asked about the sequel in an interview. His reply was, "I've heard things but there's nothing yet. I don't know much about what's happening with that.
Honestly, I don't know what the studio wants to do next. I presume there will be some future projects for me to work on. I love doing that, I really do. But I'm not frustrated that it isn't one of them. At the moment I have a lot of stage things happening and I'm busy enough with that, so I really don't need more on my plate. On March 28, , in an interview for his latest film, Hop , James Marsden was asked about the sequel.
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I think that the clock is ticking on that one. Amy Adams and I are both saying, "If there's going to be a sequel, we're not getting any younger. That was something really special and I'd love to come back and do another. I've heard the same things you've heard. There's a script out there somewhere and there's talk of it, but I never believe it until I see the script and learned we're making that film.
So I don't know. Too many eggs in that basket. David Stem and David N. Weiss to write a script for a sequel and also hired Fletcher to direct the film. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. North American theatrical release poster for the film, designed by John Alvin. Barry Josephson Barry Sonnenfeld.