Disney’s Enchanted fans are in for a real treat. Disenchanted, a Disney+ Original movie, is the sequel that is sure to keep fans guessing. This action-packed film is now streaming on Disney+ and features the original Enchanted cast fans know and love plus a few new faces; Amy Adams reprises her role as Giselle and Patrick Dempsey returns as her husband Robert, with Idina Menzel returning as Nancy Tremaine and James Marsden as Prince Edward. New to the group is Maya Rudolph as Giselle’s antagonist Malvina, Yvette Nicole Brown plays Rosaleen, Jayma Mays plays Ruby, and Robert’s now older daughter, Morgan, is played by Gabriella Baldacchino.
The film centers around Giselle and Robert’s life after their “happily ever after”. It’s 10 years later and sweet little Morgan has become a strong teenager no longer interested in fairy tales and musical numbers – plus the couple have added a brand new baby to the family. Things seem to have become quite mundane and unadventurous. Giselle comes up with the idea of moving to suburbia – to a charming little place called Monroeville that reminds her a little of her home, Andalasia. But moving doesn’t take the problems away as she planned; in fact, it seems to bring its own problems. Giselle feels that nothing she tries is working, so she decides to take extreme measures and use some Andalasia magic – an act that, if she doesn’t fix, will change the lives of her family, and Andalasia, forever.
Unlike your typical adventure story, Disenchanted demonstrates finding your “happy ending” in reality, with ups, downs and everything in between. It’s not perfect, but that doesn’t mean you’re not perfect for each other. Directed by Adam Shankman and produced by Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld and Amy Adams, the film’s screenplay is by Brigitte Hales from a story by J. David Stem, David N. Weiss and Richard LaGravenese. The musical comedy also features new songs with music and a score by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.
Director Adam Shankman was very excited to work on this film with Amy Adams as a producer as well as an actress on this film because for him they spoke the same language. He explained: “We’re friends and we’re both musical geeks and Disney geeks. I suddenly thought that I want to make a film – not with Amy, but for Amy as well. And I thought it would be this beautiful thing because, as an actor, [she] inspires me so much.” Adams was just as excited to make this sequel to the first film. “It was really just a joy to get the returning cast together. And then for our new cast members, I was just so happy to get everyone that we have,” she beamed. “When we left Giselle in the last film, there has been an evolution from the beginning Enchanted to who Giselle is at the end of the film. That’s kind of where my starting point was, to take that evolution of who she can be after 10 years and everything that I loved about Giselle in the first movie, and then just have this opportunity to spin it throughout this one. When I come back, I feel like Giselle never left me. Really.”
For Patrick Dempsey, his role as Robert starts out the same as the previous film, but as the story progresses, his role takes on new challenges and he even gets to sing. “You know, it’s an extraordinary feeling you get when you sing. The vibration, there is something very intoxicating about it. So for me it was an amazing trip,” he shared. “I had a great time where I was able to work a bit, do a bit of sightseeing in Ireland and work on the musical. I really appreciate the talented voices of Idina and Amy and Maya and everyone, so it was nice to get a taste of that.”
Newcomers to the film were equally excited to join this exciting musical. Maya Rudolph describes it as training for the marathon she had been training for all her life. “To what Patrick said, even though I’ve had a chance to sing in things before, it was nothing like this experience. And knowing that I was going to get to sing this [Alan] Menken and [Stephen] The Schwartz song was really, really almost life-fulfilling.” Gabriella Baldacchino agreed, saying, “I think ‘dream come true’ is the best way to say it. When I was little, and even growing up, Enchanted was my favorite movie, so it was surreal for me to be able join all these people. I’m so, so grateful to be singing music written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.”
Much of the film was filmed in Ireland, but as it was during the onset of COVID, it proved challenging at first. “There was a lot of testing, a lot of masks. I ended up spending 14 days in Northern Ireland to start my journey, locked up. But then it was good to be out,” Dempsey recalled. “It was a great opportunity to live and work. It was very sad in some ways, because Dublin shut down. Everything was still locked. [But] I had met a lot of people hiking and traveling, and when I shared my journey on Instagram, I was their ultimate advocate [laughs] to travel to Ireland and enjoy the sights.”
So of course: Easter eggs. “I don’t believe Disney [has] ever allowed to wink at himself, so this was such an incredible opportunity. If you look around town, every sign in every store has some Disney flash involved in it. But it’s super subtle. There’s a not-so-subtle nod in Gabby’s solo song. Every shot in that song is something that’s a nod to another ‘I want’ song,” Shankman revealed. “The magic mirror is a copy of the magic mirror from Snow White. So, it’s floor to ceiling — it is, everywhere you look, you can swing a cat, you’re going to hit a trope.How about Jayma and Yvette’s prom dresses literally being the stepsisters’ dresses from Cinderella?
There is a lot to look forward to! Don’t miss the Disney+ Original movie Disenchanted, now streaming on Disney+. And for more Disney+ news and updates, follow @DisneyPlus on YouTube, Facebook, TwitterInstagram and TikTok.