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Enchanted
DVD disk
04.14.2008 By: Jason Adams
Enchanted order
Director:
Kevin Lima

Actors:
Amy Adams
Patrick Dempsey
James Marsden

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Giselle is your typical fairytale princess—beautifully animated, singing songs with her animal friends, and about to marry the prince charming of her dreams. That is until a jealous queen casts her in to the most wicked place of all: modern day New York City. Now the innocent character must come to terms with a very different world that doesn’t play by the same rules.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
ENCHANTED is like the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg version of a traditional Disney fairy tale movie, in that it sends up the average princess story in a reverent way while managing to be one itself. It’s not as brilliantly wonderful as SHAUN or HOT FUZZ, but it’s still a surprising effort from the Mouse House. And with old-school minds like John Lasseter and Pixar in charge at the studio and (hopefully) a rise in quality on the horizon, now is the perfect time for a love letter to classic Disney.

And a love letter it is, full of countless references to each of their movies; from plot points to shot compositions, pretty much every frame pays homage to something and does it with just the right amount of clever, loving mockery. (Not to mention the traditional 2D animation looks great and proves it’s still a viable art form with the right story behind it.) Unlike the rash of fractured fairy tale movies we’ve seen over the past few years, ENCHANTED never crosses the line in to smug parody or vitriol like the SHREK series (though I did enjoy the quick jab at the big green ogre). The Happy Working Song is a great example; pairing an innocent Snow White sequence with some very real-world lyrics makes just for the right balance of humor. A lot of that rests on the shoulders of the adorable Amy Adams, who plays the innocent fish-out-of-water scenario without being annoying, as well as James Marsden, who shows some great comic chops as the dashingly dumb Prince Edward.

ENCHANTED is plenty cheesy and purposefully cliché (…it is a kid’s movie after all), but perfect for its young audience and entertaining enough that viewers of other age ranges should enjoy it.
THE EXTRAS
A few fun features here, but I’m a little surprised there’s not more stuff given the film’s holiday success. Guess that means there’s a double dip in the future.

Ftantasy Comes To Life (17:48): Three behind the scenes featurettes on the making of the Happy Working Song sequence, That’s How You Know musical number, and the film’s ending. Each shows off the nice blend of real people (and animals), practical effects and CG animation.

Deleted Scenes (7:50): Nothing too big, just short snippets mainly cut for pacing.

Bloopers (2:11): I think bloopers are actually funnier with a full score behind them.

Pip’s Predicament (5:37): A crudely animated take on Pip’s unseen adventures before he and Prince Edward arrive in New York.

A quick Plug for the Bu Ray version of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There are countless ways where a parody/homage like ENCHANTED could’ve gone wrong, but it manages to avoid most of those pratfalls and emerge as one of the better non-Pixar Disney movies in recent times.

Extra Tidbit: Apparently the original script written a decade ago was a much dirtier and R-rated concept. Hopefully Amy Adams will make this version in the near future as well.
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