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. She described it as "grueling" since "the entire weight was on my hips, so occasionally it felt like I was in traction".
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 (2007), was both the composer and lyricist for Wicked (2009). The poster of Superman Returns (2006) can also be seen, which James Marsden starred in.
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 lifelong rights to Amy Adams' image.
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)."
Idina Menzel plays a character named Nancy Tremaine. Tremaine is the surname of Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters in Disney's Cinderella (1950). The surname of Patrick Dempsey's character Robert is Phillip, which is the name of the Prince in Sleeping Beauty (1959), Prince Phillip.
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.
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.
In the scene where Prince Edward is on cars searching for Giselle, you can see a billboard for Hairspray (2007). James Marsden starred in that film in 2007, the same year Enchanted (2007) was released.
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.
When Robert and Giselle are walking through Central Park discussing dating, an evil face can be seen carved into the poisoned caramel apple that she is holding. The face is similar to the face seen when the evil queen dips an apple in poison in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
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.
While Giselle is looking in the fish tank "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid (1989) is playing as background music. In the same scene, Jodi Benson plays the secretary - she also played the lead as Ariel in The Little Mermaid (1989).
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 (2014) at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Into the Woods (2014), which was first produced two decades before Enchanted (2007) was released, is also an irreverent retelling of classic fairy tales.
The first live action musical scene takes place in Central Park. Julie Andrews who is the narrator in this movie, played the main character in The Sound of Music (1965). The opening shot of the first line, "The hills are alive with the sound of music", from that movie is re-created here. It is the scene in which the camera is placed on a crane which is raised, zooms in, and pans in one movement on Julie Andrews as she walks up the hill while she starts singing the title song of that movie. In this movie, while it does not start off with that shot it is in the early part of Giselle's Central Park song number, and it is shot in the exact same manner.
Near the end of the movie during the ballroom scene the ballroom dancing suddenly shifts to dancing similar to the "African Anteater Ritual" dance in Can't Buy Me Love (1987), another movie Patrick Dempsey starred in.
Technically, Indina Menzel is a two-time Disney princess. First, she becomes the princess of Andalasia when she marries Prince Edward. Later, of course, she plays Elsa in "Frozen", a princess until her coronation day.
This is not the first Disney film to use the name 'Giselle'. It was also the name of Diane Darcy's 1976 Lancia Scorpion race car in 'Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo' (1977). The name precedes Enchanted by exactly 30 years.
Enchanted (2007) and Hairspray (2007) have been released the very same year (2007) with James Marsden starring both.These two musicals are the only chances to hear James Marsden sing EVER and to watch him as he dances, as Prince Edward here and as Corny Collins in Hairspray.
Amy Adams (Giselle), James Marsden (Prince Edward) and Patrick Dempsey (Robert Phillip) have all starred in comic-book based movies: Amy plays Lois Lane in the new DC Superman / Justice League movies. James Marsden played Cyclops/Scott in Marvel's X-Men movies. Patrick Dempsey play Dylan (the bad guy) in Marvel's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon".
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.
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.)
Giselle was ultimately not added to the Disney Princess line. Idina Menzel, who plays Nancy, would eventually voice Elsa from Frozen (2013), another role which was originally planned/assumed to be added to the Disney Princess line, but ended up not being added. At the end of the movie Nancy marries Edward and the novelization states that she became Queen of Andalasia. 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.
At the end of the movie, Nathaniel is signing copies of his book in a bookstore. As the camera pans in on the exterior of the shop, you can see a poster advertising a cookbook called "Merryweather's Guide to Baking." Merryweather was the name of one of the good fairies in Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959), and there is a scene where she has a magical argument with Flora over the baking of Briar Rose's birthday cake.
At the end of Robert and Giselle's dance, when Nancy cuts in, the camera angle makes it look as though she is wearing a crown. This foreshadows that she will become the future ruler of Andalasia when she returns there and marries Edward.