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The first feature-length Disney live-action/traditional animation hybrid since Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
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The actresses who provided the voices for three previous animated Disney princesses make appearances in the film: Jodi Benson ('Ariel' in The Little Mermaid (1989)), Paige O'Hara ('Belle' in Beauty and the Beast (1991)), and Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas (1995)). Also, Julie Andrews, who starred as the title character in Disney's live-action Mary Poppins (1964), provides her voice here as the Narrator and Idina Menzel, who plays Nancy, voices the queen, Elsa, in the Disney's animated movie, Frozen (2013).
A number of non-singers make their singing debuts in this film, including Patrick Dempsey. The only main character who does not sing is Nancy, played by actress Idina Menzel - who has two Tony award nominations and one win for Broadway musical singing roles.
The wedding dress that Giselle wore weighed 45 pounds. A stunt double taught Amy Adams how to move in the dress.
When Edward is on top of the bus, the people riding on tour buses next to him laughing and pointing at him weren't extras, but real tourists.
Two of the elderly men dancers appeared in West Side Story (1961) together.
Hailing from Andalasia, Giselle displays similar traits to the Disney Princesses; director Kevin Lima describes her as "about 80% Snow White, with some traits borrowed from Cinderella (1950) and Sleeping Beauty (1959)... although her spunkiness comes from Ariel of The Little Mermaid (1989)."
Disney had originally planned to add Giselle to the Disney Princess line-up, as was shown at a 2007 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 life-long rights to Amy Adams' image.
The scene Kevin Lima found the most challenging to shoot was the musical number, 'That's How You Know', in Central Park. 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. The filming was also hampered at times by Patrick Dempsey's fans.
In one scene, Prince Edward rides a bus through Times Square. In the background a large poster can be seen advertising the musical play "Wicked," which originally featured Idina Menzel, who plays Nancy in "Enchanted," in the starring role. Furthermore, Stephen Schwartz, who was the lyricist for "Enchanted," was both the composer and lyricist for "Wicked." The poster of "Superman Returns" can also be seen, which 'James Marsden' starred in.
The law firm where Robert works is Churchill, Harline, and Smith, the surnames of the songwriters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
Idina Menzel plays a character named Nancy Tremaine. Tremaine is the surname of Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters in Disney's Cinderella (1950).
Giselle was originally supposed to be blonde, but in time they figured that red hair worked better.
One of the elderly men dancers appeared in Mary Poppins (1964) as a chimney sweep.
According to director Kevin Lima, "thousands" of references are made to past and future works of Disney in Enchanted (2007), which serve as both a parody of and a "giant love letter to Disney classics". As Lima worked with Bill Kelly, the writer, to inject Disney references to the plot, it became "an obsession"; he derived the name of every character as well as anything that needed a name from past Disney films to bring in more Disney references.
On the experience of wearing the wedding dress, Amy Adams described it as "grueling" since "the entire weight was on my hips, so occasionally it felt like I was in traction".
Idina Menzel, a Broadway veteran and Tony Award winner, does not sing in the movie. In an interview, Menzel stated she felt flattered to be hired solely as an actress.
HIDDEN MICKEY: The bus driver's hair is shaped like Mickey Mouse's ears, as well as the green pepper slices on the pizza Robert and Giselle are served at the Bella Notte restaurant.
Cathleen Trigg's character's name is Mary Ilene Caselotti. This is a tribute to Mary Costa, the voice of Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959), Ilene Woods, who did the voice of Disney's Cinderella (1950), and Adriana Caselotti, the voice of Disney's first princess, Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
When Robert and Giselle take the elevator to his upstairs apartment, there is a brief moment where the camera zooms in on the elevator floor display, which bears a startling resemblance to the elevator floor display at the Tower of Terror Attraction in the Disney Theme parks. It even goes from floors 1 through 12.
Over 300 actresses auditioned for the role of Giselle. Amy Adams was number 275.
Enchanted (2007) took almost two years to complete. The animation took a little over a year to finish while the live-action scenes, which commenced and were completed during the animation process, were shot in 72 days.
This is the second Disney film to switch aspect ratios, the first being Brother Bear (2003). Like 'Brother Bear', the film starts in a 1.75:1 aspect ratio when in animated Andalasia, and then switches to the CinemaScope ratio of 2.35:1 when Giselle becomes a live-action character.
The film was conceived as far back as the 90s and was originally going to be an R-rated deal. The first draft of the script had Giselle mistaken for a stripper.
When Robert and Gisele are walking through Central Park discussing dating, an evil face can be seen carved into the poisoned caramel apple that she is holding.
Nancy and Robert were originally supposed to have a duet song but it was cut from the final film.
Edmund Lyndeck, who plays the derelict old man, has a fairy tale connection. He played Cinderella's Father in the original cast of 'Into the Woods' on Broadway.
GOOFY HOLLER: When the troll is tossed through the air by the tree Giselle falls from.
The animated scenes were not actually done by the Disney Animation wing. It was done by James Baxter Animation, the studio responsible for Curious George.
The film proved to be a commercial success, earning more than $340 million worldwide at the box office.
When Prince Edward searches Robert's building for Giselle, one of the doors he knocks on is for apartment 714, which is the area code for Orange County, where the original Disneyland park is located.
'Weird Al' Yankovic was considered to write the songs for the movie.
Several scenes, including the pivotal "That's How You Know" musical number, take place in New York's Central Park. In 2012, Enchanted star Amy Adams was a star of Shakespeare in the Park's production of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods" at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. "Into the Woods," which was first produced two decades before Enchanted was released, is also an irreverent retelling of classic fairy tales.
Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title 'Radio'.

Director Cameo 

Kevin Lima:  as "Pip in New York".


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the beginning, Giselle is creating a mannequin of her 'true love'. The outfit it is wearing is never worn by the prince - but it is worn by Robert at the ball, near the end of the film.
In traditional Disney films, the main female character usually makes a transition from being an ordinary woman into becoming a Princess by the end of the film. In Enchanted (2007) the character of Giselle is a would-be Princess who makes the transition to becoming an ordinary modern woman. (The supporting character Nancy does become a princess in her place.)
As we see Giselle progress into a modern woman, so does her wardrobe. She begins in the over-the-top wedding gown, then to the very princessy long gown, then to a very girly but short dress, and finally, into a modern evening gown. In the same way, Robert's wardrobe regresses from suit and tie to more casual clothing, and ending in a very prince-like outfit at the ball.
Giselle was ultimately not added to the Disney Princess line. However Idina Menzel who plays Nancy would eventually become part of the Disney Princess line, voicing Elsa from Frozen. At the end of the movie Nancy marries Edward and the novelization states that she became Queen of Andalasia. Elsa also is the first official Disney Princess to become a Queen in her film. Also Elsa scolds her sister Anna for wanting to marry a man she just met, something which Nancy does at the end of this film.
WILHELM SCREAM: During Narissa's transformation near the end of the film, a man is flung across the room by the flames and screams.

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