Amy Adams and Cast on Disney’s Disenchanted

Enchanted, a 2007 musical that was a hit with Disney fans, followed a young maiden named Giselle in an animated land called Andalasia. It plays on Disney tropes and featured an animated character that gets transported into the live-action world of New York City. 15 years later, fans will finally get to see what happens to Giselle and her happily ever after with Disenchanted, which is directed by Adam Shankman.

Set 10 years after the events of the first film, Giselle (Amy Adams), Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey), and Morgan Philip (Gabriella Baldacchino) move to the suburban town of Monroeville. However, a spell gone wrong has transformed the town into a live-action fairy tale.

“When we leave her in the last movie, there’s been an evolution from the beginning of the movie of Enchanted to who Giselle is at the end of the movie,” Adams said during the Disenchanted press conference. “So sort of taking that evolution of who she might be after spending 10 years, but also making sure we keep her grounded in sort of the truth of her feelings, but without losing that joy and that naiveite and innocence and purity that makes Giselle so special.”

Idina Menzel reprises her role as Tremaine, who is now the Queen of Andalasia. In the new film, she will have her own journey with Morgan as they try to bring everything back to normal.

“Adam and I would talk,” Menzel said about her experience with the film’s director. “I’d say, ‘How much of my New York accent do I still have coming from Andalasia, and how much is this idyllic, romantic, beautiful perfect place rubbed off on me?’ And then putting on the corset and all that just, it was an easy journey for me.”

Patrick Dempsey gets to sing in Disenchanted, and he had the help of a vocal coach.

“It was a joy,” Dempsey said about his singing performance. “And that whole process of going through, finding your voice, working with the coach on that, learning the lyrics and the dance was an extraordinary experience and something I’d never done before. And [I] really appreciate the talent with the voices and the singing of Idina and Amy and Maya and everyone. You know, it’s an extraordinary feeling you get when you sing. The vibration, it’s something very intoxicating about it. So it’s nice to get a taste of that.”

Returning as the series’ composer is Alan Menken, known for his work in Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and many more. He was joined by longtime collaborator and lyricist Stephen Schartz, who worked with him on Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

“Rather than writing for any individual actors, Stephen and I, in the case of this musical, write for the characters and the storyline and then take it from there,” Menken said. “It just so happens that the actors are perfect for this. As far as where to start from, I mean, in a way you start from the first Enchanted, which has the most amazing premise. We start in the world of early Walt animation and this animated princess has a spell put on her and is thrown into Times Square where she’s totally unequipped to deal with what happens.”

About Disenchanted

It has been years since Giselle (Amy Adams) and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) wed, but Giselle has grown disillusioned with life in the city, so they move their growing family to the sleepy suburban community of Monroeville in search of a more fairy tale life. Unfortunately, it isn’t the quick fix she had hoped for. Suburbia has a whole new set of rules and a local queen bee, Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), who makes Giselle feel more out of place than ever. Frustrated that her happily ever after hasn’t been so easy to find, she turns to the magic of Andalasia for help, accidentally transforming the entire town into a real-life fairy tale and placing her family’s future happiness in jeopardy. Now, Giselle is in a race against time to reverse the spell and determine what happily ever after truly means to her and her family.

“Disenchanted stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, Gabriella Baldacchino, with Idina Menzel and James Marsden. Directed by Adam Shankman from a screenplay by Brigitte Hales and a story by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss and Richard LaGravenese, “Disenchanted” is produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Amy Adams, with Jo Burn, Sunil Perkash, and Adam Shankman serving as executive producers. The movie features songs with composer Alan Menken and lyrics by lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

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