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‘Disenchanted’ revisits the fantasy 10 years on


Nov 19, 2022

The success of Disney’s 2007 imaginative fantasy “Enchanted” made Amy Adams a star, virtually overnight.

So naturally with the years-later sequel “Disenchanted,” streaming this weekend on Disney+, Adams was the one who kickstarted the entire enterprise.

“Amy really wanting to play Giselle again took us into the stratosphere,” producer Barry Josephson said in a virtual press conference.  He sees “Disenchanted” as “A musical with comedy and the right amount of drama, that pivots around: What is Giselle’s new character?”

Disney wanted, “Something that was definitively a new movie, a fresh new start for her character and the other characters that everybody loved from the first movie.”

“Enchanted” was high-concept as an animated Disney Princess Giselle was transported by a mean queen from her kingdom of Andalasia to Times Square. There after much ado she found her Prince in Patrick Dempsey’s Robert.

“We were looking at where Giselle would be now,” Adams, 48, explained.  “There’s been an evolution from Giselle at the beginning of ‘Enchanted’ to who she is at the end.”

Now, we see “who she might be after spending 10 years in Manhattan, making sure we keep her grounded in the truth of her feelings. But without losing that joy, that naiveite, innocence and purity that makes Giselle so special.

“That’s where my launching place was,” Adams added. “Taking everything I loved about Giselle in the first movie, then getting this opportunity to spin it throughout this one. It was such a pleasure. And so fun to see the returning cast together and everybody just step back into it,” which means Idina Menzel and James Marsden.

For Dempsey, 56, this return was definitely a learning experience. “Robert at the very beginning is very much the same, although he’s trying to balance life between his new baby and his other child, and the conflict between the stepmother.

“Getting to play him larger than life was completely freeing and really fun. For me, it was a fantastic ride. I could act a little bit, do some sightseeing in Ireland, and work on the singing and the dancing.”

Those musical moments meant “a whole process,” he said.  “Finding your voice, working with the coach on that, learning the lyrics — it’s an extraordinary feeling you get when you sing. The vibration, there’s something very intoxicating about it. So it’s nice to get a taste of that.

“And the dance was an extraordinary experience, something I’d never done before.  It was nice to be in the fairy tale world for a while.”

“Disenchanted” is streaming now on Disney+