Enchanted is a 2007 American musical fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. Written by Bill Kelly and directed by Kevin Lima, the film stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, and Susan Sarandon. The plot focuses on Giselle, an archetypal Disney Princess, who is forced from her traditional animated world of Andalasia into the live-action world of New York City. Enchanted was the first Disney film to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, instead of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.
The film is both an homage to, and a self-parody of, Disney's animated features, making numerous references to Disney's past works through the combination of live-action filmmaking, traditional animation, and computer-generated imagery. It marks the return of traditional animation to a Disney feature film after the company's decision to move entirely to computer animation in 2004. Composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who had written songs for previous Disney films, produced the songs of Enchanted, with Menken also composing its score.
Banished by an evil queen, Princess Giselle from a fairy-tale world lands in modern Manhattan, where music, magic and "happily ever after" are sorely lacking. She is adrift in this strange new place until a divorce lawyer comes to her aid. Giselle begins to fall for her flawed benefactor, but the storybook romance gets complicated when a prince from her world comes to rescue her.
Why It Rocks
- It has a very cleverly written story about relationships and love that both kids and adults can enjoy.
- It has a ton of bright, catchy, and memorable songs, such as the slow and romantic, So Close, the main theme, True Love's Kiss, and the upbeat, That's How You Know.
- The idea of cartoon fairy-tale characters being transported into the real world can be very cheesy on paper, but is wonderfully executed very well.
- It has gorgeous animation from the Andalasia aspect of the movie.
- The filmmakers managed to put traits from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella into a blender and mixes them all together into one great satire.
- Amy Adams does an incredible performance as Giselle, as well as the other actors, such as Idina Menzel, James Marsden, and Patrick Dempsey.
- It has well-delivered life messages, such as taking time to know your lover.
- It has many heartwarming and emotional moments that a ton of audiences can relate to, for example, the ballroom scene.
- Smart and clever adult humor.
- Having Julie Andrews do the prologue narration is a nice touch.
- "Wow, I got to lay off the nuts."
- The ending song "Ever Ever After" by Carrie Underwood is one of the most memorable song and moments in the movie.
- The title itself really describes the whole movie: It was an Enchanted movie I had ever seen.
The film gained generally positive reviews from professional critics and happy moviegoers. The film also garnered a 93% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes.