Enchanted (2007) Poster



The first feature-length Disney live-action/traditional animation hybrid since Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
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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.
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.
Giselle was originally supposed to be blonde, but in time they figured that red hair worked better.
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 law firm where Robert works is Churchill, Harline, and Smith, the surnames of the songwriters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
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 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 as the title character's singing voice in (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, would later voice the queen, Elsa, in the Disney's animated movie, Frozen (2013), released six years after Enchanted (2007).
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.
Nancy and Robert were originally supposed to have a duet song but it was cut from the final film.
One of the elderly men dancers appeared in Mary Poppins (1964) as a chimney sweep.
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 (2006).
Over 300 actresses auditioned for the role of Giselle. Amy Adams was number 275.
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.
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.
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.
Two of the elderly men dancers appeared in West Side Story (1961) together.
When Prince Edward is knocking on apartment doors in search of Giselle, the very first door is opened by Judy Kuhn, the singing voice of the title character of Pocahontas (1995).
The background music on the TV in the hotel room is from past Disney films.
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).
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).
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.
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 (2014) on Broadway.
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 proved to be a commercial success, earning more than $340 million worldwide at the box office.
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).
When Prince Edward is flipping through TV channels in the hotel room, the soap opera he watches features Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle in Beauty and the Beast (1991).
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.
In the scene where Edward is on top of the bus we can see billboards for "Rent" and "Wicked". Idina Menzel who plays Nancy starred in both of those musicals on Broadway.
'Weird Al' Yankovic was considered to write the songs for the movie.
GOOFY HOLLER: When the troll is tossed through the air by the tree Giselle falls from.
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.
This was the last Disney film acclaimed poster artist John Alvin worked on. Alvin had worked on the posters for many animated Disney films throughout his career.
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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.
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Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title 'Radio'.
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.
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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.
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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.
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In the hotel where Edward and Nathaniel are staying, the room number is 212, the same as the area code of Manhattan, where the movie takes place.
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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.
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Right after Giselle and the prince meet, the evil queen refers to Giselle as a "forest rat." Jafar referred to Aladdin as a "street rat".
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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".
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James Marsden plays Lois Lane's husband in Superman Returns. Later Amy Adams plays Lois Lane in Man of Steel
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Both Idina Menzel and Patrick Dempsey appeared on Private Practice (2007)
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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.
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.
WILHELM SCREAM: During Narissa's transformation near the end of the film, a man is flung across the room by the flames and screams.
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.

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