Enchanted (2007)

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Amy Adams as: Giselle
Directed by: Kevin Lima
Written by: Bill Kelly
Selected Cast: Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Susan Surandon
Release Date: November 21, 2007 (US)
Genre: Animation / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Musical / Romance
MPAA Rating: PG

The real world and the animated world collide

The tale follows the beautiful princess Giselle as she is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land–and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn’t operate on a “happily ever after” basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she has to wonder: can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?

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Amy’s Role

In her first big blockbuster leading role, Amy Adams plays Giselle in multiple forms; she both voices the animated character as well as is the princess come to life when she enters the real world. In the beginning of the film Giselle is a beautiful lady who sings and talks to animals and awaits her prince charming, whom she encounters in the dashing Edward (James Marsden). Of course, things go awry on the day of their wedding and she’s sent to New York City. She behavior doesn’t exactly sit well in the big city as her kindness leads to Giselle being robbed and stepped on. Thankfully she meets Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and her little girl Morgan, who agree to help the lost princess. Slowly Giselle is introduced to the real world and it is fun watching her discover all of these totally new things. Slowly she becomes more and more real, instead of being just a naive fairytale princess, while still holding on to her kindness and open nature. She literally enchants everyone she meets and, of course, steals the hearts of Robert and Morgan just by being herself. Amy absolutely owns the role and makes Giselle appear real – and absolutely enchanting!

Quotes

• “I like Cinderella. She had a good work ethic, you know.”

• “Often, there’s a lot of struggle that involves getting to happily ever after. So, I guess I’d like to see what happens in that happily-ever-after part.”

• “I never really considered that I was walking that line of making fun of anything, I think, for me, that was the key to playing this role: Trying to play it with honesty and integrity and truth.”

• “There were previous scripts where she got hooked up with some raunchy strippers and was dressing really inappropriately, but that incarnation was vetoed.”

On the Giselle doll
“There’s definitely going to be a big mailing to all my nieces. I keep saying to my boyfriend, Darren, “these have to be from you. It’s just too weird for me to send dolls of myself, like ‘Love you, love me.’ Ewww.”

On the Giselle doll
“It’s pretty surreal. My mom called yesterday morning and was like, ‘I keep looking at that box and that picture looks like I dressed you up for Halloween as a princess.’ Leave it to your mom to put it in perspective: ‘It’s just so unreal.'”

On costumes and effects
“Any scene where I had the white dress was grueling. It weighed about 45 pounds and the entire weight was on my hips so occasionally it felt like I was in traction. But also doing the last sequences with the dragon, it initially was a much longer sequence which I guess terrified the kids too much so it was a much longer sequence so I spent a lot of time wet in the rain in a harness hanging off the sword trying to climb. I did not look very graceful so that was somewhat grueling but it was also fun and challenging.”

On costumes and effects
“You know, to allow me to sit down, they had to get these big sort of crash mats is what they’re called, these big blankets and laid them out in the middle of the street. I would basically fill up the whole street and I would lie back. I often played- – I acted weird. I would lay back and then sit up as though I was rising from the dead. It was fun.”

On costumes and effects
“We had a whole room full of live rats and pigeons. Not all of them. You can’t train them to scrub a toilet. I’ve tried. I would love if you could train animals to do the dirty work, but we did have live rats and pigeons and no cockroaches. I don’t work with cockroaches.”

On costumes and effects
“The pigeons were testy. They would start picking at each other. I think a couple of them were trying to meet some gals, if you know what I mean. There were a couple that were like these tough guys and you’d have to put them away because he would fluff up. There was this one and he was just [imitates bird call], you know that loud noise that they make? So, he had to go. He was too frisky.”

On Giselle
“When I first read the script, I felt like I knew who she was and I felt that it was something I understood, oddly enough. I think that I’ve always been attracted to characters who are positive and who come from a very innocent place. I think there’s a lot of room for discovery in those characters and that’s something I always have fun playing. And I didn’t treat it like it was a joke. I treated it like it was Chekov and maybe they sensed my sincerity.”

On Giselle
“It’s always challenging when you’re shooting a film. Shooting things out of order and keeping continuity on all levels is always for me the most challenging thing. In this character in particular, we paid really close attention to how her emotions tracked and her different levels of vulnerability and her physicalness was something we tracked very closely.”

On Giselle
“That was one of the things that interested me about taking this role was that challenge of making her fun and coming from the animated world so that you would believe that, but also that she was grounded and human and based in enough emotion that she would resonate. That was a really big challenge and something that I was very conscious of.”

On watching classic Disney films to prepare
“I kind of tried to avoid them because I didn’t want to do an imitation of one of the previous princesses. I wanted to create a new character.”

On watching classic Disney films to prepare
“Well, I wish I could say that I spent hours in front of them but the truth is that I had done so much of that in my childhood and my teenage years that I already knew them so well. There was no need to study. So if anything, I kind of tried to avoid them because I didn’t want to do an imitation of one of the previous princesses. I wanted to create a new character. Kevin had done such a wonderful job. He did art and he had it all along the walls of Disney. He had us come in and prerecord our voices so that he could storyboard out the whole film. So for each scene, I knew exactly what he was looking for in the physical nature of the character and the emotional nature of the character, what shots he intended to use. It was really helpful for me in this world.”

On the animated version of herself
“I was flattered. I was a little intimidated, her waist is a lot smaller than mine so I thought there’d be no late night Mexican food binges while shooting this. But I thought they did a really good job at capturing some of my quirks and my movements. I run pigeon toed and she does too. Sometimes you get self-conscious because you know they’re looking for what will define this character. I just think they’re so wonderful. Like I said, I grew up watching those films and James Baxter’s animation so it was a huge compliment to me to be animated by him.”

On the music
“All of the songs that I worked on are in the film. I was terrified. I was so scared. I don’t know, not scared, I think I just was so anxious, I really wanted to do a good job. I grew up listening to Alan Menken’s music like A Part of Your World. I tormented the high school with that song for years, so I really wanted to live up to that standard so I did do a lot of training on my voice. I’d done musical theater prior but I’d been more of a dancer so I wasn’t considered a solo singer. I did work very hard and they ended up, I was afraid they were going to be such toughies, but they ended up being so gracious with Jimmy and I. I think they were just so thrilled that we actually sang that they were really supportive and really allowed us to feel as though we could succeed in doing this. I mean, I knew Jimmy could. He’s flawless.”

On the music
“I did listen to a lot of Disney princesses because they wanted the first number to be reminiscent of a more Snow White feel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, softer, more lilting. And as she becomes more real, into the real world, we bring it up to a more current style with That’s How You Know which is much more of a Broadway showstopper style of song. If you’ll notice, the songs continue to progress throughout the film. It goes into So Close which is a lot more poppy and then we end up with Carrie Underwood’s Ever Ever After which is a country rock ballad. So the music continues to evolve and I did pay a lot of attention to that and that was part of what I trained to do was try to sing in that sort of operetta style, then also doing a more Broadway style.”

On the music
“I think I like “That’s How You Know.” That was the hardest one for me to sing.”

On co-star James Marsden
“I heard his voice and I was like oh, I was a puddle. Any girl would be. He’s just dreamy.”

Character Quotes

• Robert: “Would you like me to call someone for you?”
Giselle: “I don’t think they would hear you from here.”

• Robert: “Why are you staring at me?”
Giselle:”I don’t know. It’s just that… it’s like you escaped from a Hallmark card or something.”
Robert: “Is that a bad thing?”

• Giselle: “Goodness, we sure had a lot of excitement tonight. Were you scared?”
Morgan Philip: A little bit, but do you think Pip will be ok?”
Giselle: “Oh, well, I wouldn’t worry about Pip. He is very brave… I remember this one time, when the poor wolf was being chased around by Little Red Riding Hood around his grandmother’s house, and she had an axe… oh, and if Pip hadn’t been walking by to help I don’t know what would’ve happened!”
Morgan Philip: “I don’t really remember that version.”
Giselle: “Well, that’s because Red tells it a little differently.”

• Giselle: “Is this a habit of yours? Falling off of stuff?”
Robert: “Only when you’re there to catch me.”

• Giselle: “Good morning, Robert. I hope you had wonderful dreams.”
Robert Philip: I think I’m still in one.”

• Giselle: “Now if only I can find a place to rest my head for the night.”
Robert Philip: “What kind of place?”
Giselle: “I don’t know. Maybe a nearby meadow or a hollow tree.”
Robert Philip: “A hollow tree?”
Giselle: “Or a house full of dwarves. I hear they’re very hospitable.”

• Giselle: “Nobody has been very nice to me.”
Robert: “Yeah, well, welcome to New York.”
Giselle: “Thank you.”

• Robert: “So, what’s the deal with this prince of yours? How long you been together?”
Giselle: “[wistfully] Oh, about a day.”
Robert: “You mean it feels like a day because you’re so in love.”
Giselle: “No, it’s been a day.”
Robert: “You’re kidding me. A day? One day?”
Giselle: “Yes.”
Giselle: “And tomorrow it will be two days.”
Robert: “You’re joking.”
Giselle: “No. I’m not.”
Robert: “Yeah, you are.”
Giselle: “But I’m not.”
Robert: “You’re gonna marry somebody after a day? Because you fell in love with him?”
Giselle: “Yes… Yes!”

• Giselle: “What about you? How long have you known your Nancy?”
Robert: “Uh, five years.”
Giselle: “And you haven’t proposed?”
Robert: “Well, no, I-”
Giselle: “Well no wonder she’s angry.”

• Giselle: “Is that the only word you know? “No?”
Robert: “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I mean, No!”
Giselle: “”No! No! No!” Over and over! When you keep saying “No!” it just makes me so… Sometimes you make me so!… angry.”
[Giselle laughs really hard

Trivia & Facts

• Filmed on location in New York City, USA

• The wedding dress that Giselle wore weighed 45 pounds. A stunt double taught Amy Adams how to move in the dress.

• Giselle was originally supposed to be blonde, but in time they figured that red hair worked better.

• 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, was both the composer and lyricist for Wicked.

• The bus driver’s hair is shaped like Mickey Mouse’s ears, as well as the green pepper slices on the pizza Robert and Giselle are served at the Bella Notte restaurant.

• In the scene where Prince Edward is standing on top of a moving bus, billboards for Hairspray (the Broadway Production) and Superman Returns (2006) are visible. James Marsden, who plays Prince Edward, stars in Superman Returns, and the movie, Hairspray (2007), based off the Broadway Production.

• In the scene where Edward is on top of the bus, the people riding on tour buses next to him laughing and pointing at him weren’t extras, but actual real tourists.

• The actresses who provided the voices for three previous animated Disney princesses make appearances in the film: Jodi Benson, (Ariel in The Little Mermaid (1989), Paige O’Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast (1991), and Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas (1995). Also, Julie Andrews, who starred as the title character in Disney’s live-action Mary Poppins (1964), provides her voice here as the Narrator.

• Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title ‘Radio’.

Reviews

“It’s no surprise to me that Amy Adams is enchanting. She won my heart in Junebug (2005), where she told her clueless husband: “God loves you just the way you are, but he loves you too much to let you stay that way.”

You should have seen Junebug by now, which means you will not be surprised by how fresh and winning Amy Adams is in Enchanted, where her role absolutely depends on effortless lovability.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

“A postmodern tweak on old-fashioned fairy tales, Disney’s latest is not quite as subversive as it pretends to be. But it is both cute and clever enough to enchant little girls – not to mention their mothers.

Enchanted will also make a star out of gifted lead Amy Adams, who may earn the sort of grade-school respect previously reserved for women named Jasmine, Ariel and Belle.” – About.com

“This is also aided by the brilliant performance by Amy Adams. While the rest of the cast are fine in their own right, Adams has captured the ditzy blissfulness of an animated princess, and transferred it onto the screen, something I wouldn’t have imagined was impossible before seeing Enchanted.” – DVD Compare

“Amy Adams, who plays a fairy-tale heroine plunked down in today’s Manhattan, where things don’t always turn out happily ever after. Now the film is here, and Adams does offer quite a turn: Portraying a version of Disney’s Snow White, she owns the character, down to every warble and twirl.” – Walter Adiego, Sab Frabsico Chronicle