If you’re one of those people who are tired of the classic Disney Princess movie formula, you probably found 2007’s ‘Enchanted’ to be an invigorating change of pace. Not only was the movie a runaway smash hit that launched actress Amy Adams into superstardom, it also turned typical Disney tropes on their head and told a more grounded and mature story of two people falling in love.
If you were wondering if there was ever going to be a sequel to ‘Enchanted’, wonder no more and read on to find out everything we know about Enchanted 2, now dubbed as ‘Disenchanted’.
Disenchanted Plot: What Can it Be About?
Considering that ‘Enchanted’ ended with quite a few characters getting their “happily ever after” ending, at first glance it would seem that a sequel is entirely unnecessary. However, it looks like ‘Disenchanted’ is heading in an entirely different direction by asking an unexpected, yet crucially pertinent question – What is happily ever after?
The official synopsis of the film’s plot reads: “Ten years after her happily ever after, Giselle questions her happiness, inadvertently turning the lives of those in the real world and Andalasia upside down in the process.”
The film’s synopsis and title seem to hint towards a story of marital fatigue, possibly even a mid-life crisis. As movie fans, we’re all intimately familiar with the “happily ever after trope”, one that has been a hallmark of most Disney Princess movies for decades. However, just like the original ‘Enchanted’ broke free of the shackles of its genre by telling an unconventional tale about falling in love, ‘Disenchanted’ seems to be gearing up to tackle the uncomfortable reality of change and doubt in relationships.
Ten years have passed since the events of the last movie, and Giselle’s life has changed tremendously. She has started a new family with Robert and faces all new challenges that have sown the seeds of doubt in her mind. This is a very common and natural emotion to experience in the real world, but is likely to have fairly fantastical consequences in the fairy tale/live action hybrid world of ‘Disenchanted’.
Of course, given how popular the musical numbers from the original ‘Enchanted’ still are, ‘Disenchanted’ is sure to be chock-full of foot tapping numbers that keep you humming long after you’ve left the theater. In fact, according to the director Adam Shankman, the film will feature “a lot more songs” compared to the original.
Disenchanted Cast and Crew: Who Can Be Behind the Movie?
While American filmmaker Kevin Lima directed the original ‘Enchanted’ movie, ‘The Pacifier’ director Adam Shankman replaces him in the directorial chair for ‘Disenchanted’. The script is reportedly written by ‘Shrek 2’ writing duo J. David Stem and David N. Weiss.
As for the main cast, Amy Adams is likely to reprise her role as Giselle in ‘Disenchanted’, along with Patrick Dempsey as Robert Philip, James Marsden as Prince Edward, Idina Menzel as Nancy Tremaine, Rachel Covey as Morgan and Jeff Bennet as Pip. Susan Sarandon is unlikely to return to the cast as her character Queen Narissa purportedly died at the end of the last movie.
Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz are set to return as composers and songwriters for ‘Disenchanted’.
Disenchanted Release Date: When Will it Premiere?
We have no confirmation of an official release date for ‘Disenchanted’ yet, even though production of the film is set to begin soon. If things pick up pace, you can expect ‘Disenchanted’ to release sometime in 2021.
Enchanted Movie Retrospective
The original ‘Enchanted’ was something of a mish-mash between an homage to classic Disney princess movies of old as well as a self aware parody of said movies.
The story starts out in the animated fairy tale kingdom of Andalasia, ruled by the witch Queen Narissa. Her stepson, Prince Edward is all grown up and will reclaim the throne of Andalasia once he finds his true love and gets married. Desperate to retain her power, Narissa enlists the help of her loyal servant Nathaniel, who is hopelessly in love with her. One day while roaming around in the forest, Edward hears a voice that leads him to a young woman named Giselle and her chipmunk best friend Pip. Giselle has always dreamed of finding her one true love and live “happily ever after”, and finds her wish granted when Edward and her fall in love almost instantaneously and decide to marry the very next day.
Obviously, Narissa cannot let this happen and confronts Giselle on the way to the wedding and pushes her into a well. Suddenly, Giselle finds herself in the 3D live action world of Times Square in New York City. Confused and completely lost, Giselle runs into Robert Philip and his young daughter Morgan. The young girl immediately takes a liking to Giselle and convinces her father to let her spend the night at their apartment.
Meanwhile, in the animated world, Pip and Edward prepare to follow Giselle into the real world and rescue her. However, they run into a whole host of troubles as they are followed by the obstructionist Nathaniel and Pip ends up losing his ability to talk in the real world. Narissa also gives Nathaniel three poisoned apples to take care of Giselle once and for all.
Giselle and Robert begin to connect, which is a problem because Robert was preparing to propose to his longtime girlfriend Nancy Tremaine. Eventually, though, Edward tracks down Giselle and is eager to take her back home to Andalasia. However, Giselle is full of doubt and asks Edward on a date to the ball to get to know him better. At the ball, a disguised Narissa offers Giselle one of the poisoned apples, which instantly renders her unconscious when she takes a bite from it.
With Giselle now trapped in eternal slumber, only the power of the kiss of true love can revive her again. Edward kisses her, but it fails to revive her. After some prompting, Robert kisses Giselle, and she wakes up to thunderous applause. Furious, Narissa transfigures into a gigantic blue dragon and captures Robert, but is given chase by Giselle and Pip and ends up falling to her death from the top of the building.
The movie closes with everyone getting their happily ever after – Giselle starts a successful fashion business and gets married to Robert in the real world, Edward and Nancy fall in love and get married in Andalasia, and Pip and Nathaniel become acclaimed authors.
While we wait for more news about ‘Disenchanted’, you can watch the trailer for ‘Enchanted’ right here:
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