The Wonderful World of New York

Enchanted deserves way more recognition. Since it’s really the first Disney made movie that called out the cliches that Disney movies tended to have. Yes, before Frozen or Moana we had Enchanted, and it was amazing. When I first found out about Enchanted I didn’t know what to make of it. At first I thought it was a straightforward parody movie, but while Enchanted is playing on tropes, it doesn’t mean they don’t still respect them. Enchanted starts in the magical animated land of Andalasia. Giselle is a fair maiden who longs for true loves kiss. Just like most Disney princesses, Giselle is beautiful, talks to animals, has a wisecracking sidekick, and is of course rescued by a handsome prince. After Giselle is rescued, she and Prince Edward are to be married the very next day. Unfortunately for her, Giselle runs into the evil Queen Narissa (disguised as an old hag) who throws her into a well. A well that leads to a manhole cover in a real live action New York City. It’s there Giselle discovers a world where there are no happily ever afters…

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Giselle enters the real world

Enchanted perfectly displays the sharp contrast between the fairy tale world and the real world. As Giselle runs into many ordinary people that she just might be able to bring a little magic into their lives. With her help, we can live happily ever after. That’s what I love about Enchanted. They don’t sacrifice a love story just to be realistic. Amy Adams plays Giselle to perfection. She really has an act for playing whimsical characters. It’s a pity she was never made an official Disney princess. Although I think it has something to do with using Amy Adams likeness or the fact that most of the movie is live action. Either way Giselle is totally underrated. Also giving spot on performances are James Marsden as the dimwitted but charming prince and Susan Sarandon as the over-the-top villain. While actors like Patrick Dempsey play someone from the real world. Enchanted respects its tropes by using several nods to other Disney movies. Giselle is like a fusion of all the Disney princess that came before and Queen Narissa is more specifically a blend of the Evil Queen and Maleficent. Several Disney alumni make appearances as well. Like Mary Poppins Julie Andrews as the narrator, the voice of Ariel Jodi Benson, the voice of Belle Paige O’Hara, the singing voice of Pocahontas Judy Kuhn, and even the future voice of Elsa Idina Menzel. It’s also filled with many great songs. Three of which were nominated for Oscars (“Happy Working Song,” “That’s How You Know,” and “So Close”). For some reason it didn’t win a single one. All the more reason Enchanted deserves more recognition. Enchanted is a clever live action/animation Disney film that handles its tropes perfectly.

Giselle (right) meets her prince (left)

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