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".
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 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.
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.
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)."
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giselle was qualified for the Disney Princess line and she would had made it if it wasn't for one thing. The Disney Princesses (Cinderella, Tiana etc.) are cartoon, so no one would know what they would look like in real life. But Amy Adams is Giselle. If they had a different person as Giselle in the parks, it's not Giselle anymore. And since they couldn't afford to have Amy Adams walking around the Disney Parks every day of the year, she wasn't made a Disney Princess.
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).
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.
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.
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. However Idina Menzel who plays Nancy would eventually become part of the Disney Princess line, voicing Elsa from Frozen (2013). 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.
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.