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THE MOVIE: Enchanted

Amy Adams • Patrick Dempsey • James Marsden • Susan Sarandon
DIRECTOR: Kevin Lima

Disney fairytale animation collides with modern-day New York City. Giselle (Adams), an animated princess who lives in Andalasia, is looking for a handsome prince to share ‘true love’s kiss.’ When Prince Edward (Marsden) hears her song and rushes to her side their ‘happily ever after’ seems complete. But his evil stepmother, Queen Narissa (Saradon), is afraid of losing her throne and sends Giselle to Manhattan (where the film turns from animation into live action), where Giselle meets Robert (Dempsey), a divorce lawyer, and his young daughter, who take pity on her and allow her to stay on their couch. But it’s not long before Prince Edward and Queen Narissa turn up in New York, looking for her.

U.S. RELEASE: November 21 2007, Nationwide
• Rated: PG


Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams“When I first read the script I felt like I knew who Giselle was. I think that I’ve always been attracted to characters who are positive and who come from a very innocent place. And I didn’t treat it like it was a joke. I treated it like it was Chekov, and maybe they sensed my sincerity.”

“The hard part [of making this movie] was that everybody’s having a great time over-acting and being brilliant, and I had to just drive the narrative, which was challenging. But I just wanted to be a part of it because it’s hard to find stories that are original and different.”

“When I read the script, it was very clear to me who this character was and how he should be played. Bill Kelly did a great job of bringing these characters to life on the page. Edward wasn’t exactly like the princes from Snow White or Cinderella, because those princes weren’t really allowed to have much personality. He was always written larger-than-life, a healthy ego but it all came from a place of innocence and sincerity so that, I think, lets his narcissism off-the-hook.”

Susan SarandonSUSAN SARANDON on her character:
“Queen Narissa’s got this great set-up. She’s got real estate. She’s a party girl, and her stepson is not too bright. Suddenly this alliance might change her position in society, so she decides she has to get rid of Giselle. The evil ones definitely have the better scenes, better clothes and more fun than the princesses.”

ADAMS on the animated version of her character:
“I was flattered. I thought they did a really good job at capturing some of my quirks and my movements. Sometimes you get self-conscious because you know they’re looking for what will define the character. I grew up watching those films and James Baxter’s animation, so it was a huge compliment to me to be animated by him.”

When we went in and did the voice work [for the characters] Kevin said, ‘You’re locking yourself into a certain degree of your character right now. So let’s find your character’s voice.’ And luckily Bill Kenny’s script was a great blueprint for this character. It just felt natural to declare everything that needed to declared and sung. A lot of the burden was taken off me when I realized that whatever I did on the set, the animation department had the responsibility to match that because none of the animation was done before we started the live action shooting, just the voice work.”

“I loved the fact that it was hand-drawn and not computerized animation, because I always miss the feel of the human touch in those movies that are quite brilliant in their own way. I’ve got to say I don’t know if it makes me more secure in the world to know that Disney has a sense of humor about itself, but it was a nice revelation.”

DEMPSEY on whether he was disappointed not to have been animated:
“I’m hoping it does well enough so there’s a sequel and we go back to Andalasia. We can call it 'Disenchanted.' She gives birth to a child and doesn’t like it, then she’s like, ‘I want to go back to the cartoon world.’”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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