This Wednesday, November 21st, Walt Disney Studio’s latest take on the Disney Princess will hit theaters in the form of "Enchanted." The film marks Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation in a 15-minute opening segment before the cast is propelled into the harsh reality of New York City. Early word on the film is good enough that Disney is rumored to be making plans to franchise the film with future films.
All the reviews up at Rotten Tomatoes the time of this post are positive. The Orlando Sentinel’s movie critic Roger Moore notes that Disney fans should be prepared for a film that isn’t afraid to poke fun at the Disney films that came before it. Seems like perfect holiday movie fare to me.
If you have a MySpace page you can visit Enchanted’s MySpace profile and try out the “Become a Disney 3D Character” feature. You can also visit the YouTube channel for the movie and see the Carrie Underwood’s just released music video "Ever Ever After".
The full summary of the film is below the cut:
A classic Disney fairy tale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess (AMY ADAMS) from the land of Andalasia who is thrust into the heart of New York City by an evil queen (SUSAN SARANDON). Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer (PATRICK DEMPSEY). Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?
A lively, original fish-out-of-water comedy and a modern twist on the classic Disney fairy tales, ENCHANTED blends fantasy, action, music, CG effects, hand drawn animation and live action to create a wholly unique romantic comedy for all ages. Featuring an all-star cast, ENCHANTED is directed by KEVIN LIMA ("Tarzan," "Eloise at Christmastime") and produced by BARRY JOSEPHSON ("Hide and Seek," television’s "Bones") and BARRY SONNENFELD (both "Men in Black" films, television’s "Pushing Daisies"). It is written by BILL KELLY ("Premonition," "Blast from the Past"). The film is executive-produced by CHRIS CHASE ("Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch," "Return to Never Land," "Tarzan"), SUNIL PERKASH ("Premonition," "Blast from the Past") and EZRA SWERDLOW ("Invincible," "Little Manhattan"). The film features original songs from the reunited team of acclaimed composer ALAN MENKEN and lyricist STEPHEN SCHWARTZ ("Pocahontas," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame").
For the lovely Giselle (Adams), life is a fairy tale-literally. She has everything needed to make a perfect princess-a beautiful countenance, a pure heart, a lovely singing voice and an uncanny ability to communicate with animal-all the good things one would expect in her world of Andalasia-which just happens to be animated. Giselle’s wish to meet the handsome prince of her dreams and share "true love’s kiss" comes true when Prince Edward (JAMES MARSDEN) hears her lilting soprano raised in song and rushes to her side.
The very next day, on her way to wed Edward, Giselle falls under the spell (literally) of Queen Narissa (Sarandon), who will stop at nothing to keep this girl away from her throne. Giselle is banished to a place as far away from this fairytale kingdom as you can get-no longer an animated character in a colorful, musical land, she is transformed into a very real woman and transported to a very unmagical place: modern-day Manhattan.
Coming to her aid in this strange new place, the almost-princess is befriended by a nononsense divorce lawyer, Robert (Dempsey), and his young daughter, Morgan (RACHEL COVEY). When Giselle’s no-longer-animated Prince Edward, along with his servant, Nathaniel (TIMOTHY SPALL), and Giselle’s best friend and chipmunk, Pip, all arrive in New York, she experiences her two worlds colliding and finds herself wondering whether her storybook view of romance, complete with "happily every after," can survive in our world.