Disney has invented another fairy tale.
Disney+ will release and stream “Disenchanted” exclusively on November 18. The film is a sequel to “Enchanted,” released over Thanksgiving weekend in 2007, starring Amy Adams.
“The film was designed to imagine what would happen if an animated Disney-like princess were somehow transported to the real world,” according to a Screen Rant article.
The original film was directed by Kevin Lima and written by Bill Kelly.
The description of “Enchanted” on IMDb mentioned that a young girl, Giselle, played by Adams, lived in a country called Andalasia. She was set to marry Prince Edward, played by James Marsden, but was sent back to New York by an evil queen. When Giselle was sent to New York, she fell in love with Robert, played by Patrick Dempsey, who originally wanted to propose to Nancy, played by Idina Menzel.
At the beginning of “Enchanted”, viewers can see the cross-reference of various Disney films such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty”.
In the animated part of the film, when Giselle asked for help with dressing and cleaning, the animals resembled those from “Cinderella” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. And the way Giselle calls animals and asks for help when creating a prince’s body is similar to Aurora’s in “Sleeping Beauty.”
When Giselle is pushed down a well to be in a land “where there is no happily ever after”, she must learn how to behave and act around others. Fortunately, when Robert and his daughter enter the scene, we see how they welcome him to New York.
To help Giselle back then, the father-daughter pair welcome her into their home in an attempt to send her off as she should be. However, because she falls asleep, fearing to disturb her rest, they leave her alone.
The next morning, we notice the mess in the house left by the father-daughter duo. Giselle wanted to help clean up, so she called out to the animals while singing a song. It was very strange to see the different animals that wanted to attend within an animated film versus a more realistic point of view.
In the animated part, we see that Giselle lived in the woods, so there were birds, squirrels, raccoons and deer that came to help clean up. The animals were small in size and that made them cute.
Realistically in New York, it surprised me a bit to see the animals that showed up to help. They were rats, flies, pigeons and flying cockroaches. Oh how that scene freaked me out! It successfully added to the comedy of the film, especially when the father-daughter couple panicked and removed all the creatures from their home.
Also, I enjoyed the amount of diversity represented in the film. Unlike Disney films of the past, I thought the use of different cultures and skin colors was well presented.
In the only dance scene in the park, we see a band of color playing instruments in what appeared to be a shekere, djembe, and snare drum. We saw a mariachi band playing, Irish couples dancing, and then a belly dancer with dancing candles on her head came on stage.
With the way the movie “Enchanted” was shown and portrayed, I’m sure people are looking forward to the upcoming sequel.
In the official Disney+ trailer for the new film, directed by Adam Shankman, it captures Giselle wishing her life was more like a fairy tale. It seems that she was not satisfied with her happily ever after. In the trailer, we see how she turns to magic and grabs a wand to grant her wish. Unfortunately, his wish did not go well and everything went horribly wrong.