Disney’s Disenchanted (2022): Fifteen years after the release of the much-loved film ‘Enchanted’ (2007) which charmed its way to the audiences’ hearts, Disney is back with its sequel ‘Disenchanted’. Enchanted was a post-modernist take on the fairy tale genre, an almost pastiche of the tropes that classic Disney fairy tales are known and loved for. A self-parody of the genre and Disney’s classics the film brought a freshness to the genre while at the same time retaining an innocence and warmth that instantly appealed to the younger audiences as well as the grown-ups.
The prequel had all the things that made it an instant classic: brilliant acting by the lead cast the wide-eyed Giselle played by Amy Adams and the dramatic evil vileness of sorceress Narissa played by Susan Sarandon, beautiful visuality of classic Disney 2 D animation with live action fun, and of course the instantly hummable tunes (it gave us the ‘happy-working-song’ for unhappy days). It is thus unsurprising that fans wanted more and Disney obliged them with this sequel that releases in November. Sean Bailey, Disney Studios‘ President of Production officially announced the sequel in December 2020.
Where Were We Last?
The previous film ‘Enchanted’ ends with Giselle defeating the evil sorceress Narissa and finding her one true love Robert. The Prince of Andalasia and Giselle’s former suitor the good-hearted Edward falls in love with and marries Nancy, Robert’s ex-girlfriend. Giselle, Robert, and Morgan find they’re happily ever after as Giselle decides to stay with them in New York, meanwhile Edward takes Nancy to Andalasia to be his love and queen. The film gave a fairytale ending to both couples as they find joy, love, and family.
What is Disenchanted (2022) About?
Disenchanted (2022) would follow Giselle’s life after marrying her love Robert and settling in the real world. Ten years after finding her one true love and having a baby, Giselle will try to maintain her happily ever after as the troubles of the real world surround her and she increasingly becomes disenchanted after relocating to a suburb of Monroeville with her family. In order to live the perfect fairytale happy life, she uses a little magic and things go fantastically awry as happily ever afters are not always so easy.
The official synopsis for the film on Walt Disney’s official YouTube channel reads “It has been more than ten 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.”
Who is in the ‘Disenchanted’ Cast and Crew?
‘Disenchanted’ will see many of the cast favorites returning to the sequel of the much adored ‘Enchanted’. Reprising her role as the naïve and effervescent Giselle, Amy Adams returns to the sequel, though this time married her real-world prince charming and living the life of a suburban wife to her lawyer husband.
Patrick Dempsey returns as Robert Philip, a divorce lawyer by profession, Giselle’s husband and father to now a teenage daughter, Morgan. James Marsden is back as King Edward, the ruler of the fantasy land of Andalasia.
Idina Menzel returns as Nancy Tremaine, a former fashion designer in the real world she is now the wife of Edward and the Queen of Andalasia.
Maya Rudolph is cast as the film’s main antagonist Malvina Monroe a local queen bee of the suburbia Giselle and her family relocate to. She tweeted, “What’s a good fairy tale without a great villain? I’ll see you in Andalasia my pretties….”
What’s a good fairy tale without a great villain? I’ll see you in Andalasia my pretties….
— Maya Rudolph (@MayaRudolph) May 17, 2021
The character of Morgan, Philip’s daughter who befriends Giselle in the first film is recast, Gabriella Baldacchino plays the role is a now-teenaged Morgan.
The cast also sees some newly introduced characters with comedienne Yvette Nicole Brown cast as Rosaleen, fans remember her from her work in the television series ‘Community’. Jayma Mays is cast as Ruby, she is known for her work as Emma in the musical series ‘Glee’. Oscar Nunez is cast as Edgar; Nunez is known for playing Oscar Martinez in ‘The Office’. The voice of the adorable chipmunk Pip has been recast; Griffin Newman will voice the role in the sequel.
Film-maker and choreographer Adam Shankman will direct ‘Disenchantment’, a change from Kevin Lima who directed ‘Enchanted’ and will not be returning for the sequel. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz who wrote the instantly hummable tunes for the predecessor will join the crew to write songs for this film too.
When is ‘Disenchanted’ Releasing?
After a long wait of a decade and a half, fans are going revisit the magical world of Andalasia again in November. The film now releases a week earlier than its previously scheduled release coinciding with Thanksgiving Day. The Amy Adam starring ‘Disenchanted’ will start streaming on Disney+ on the 18th of November 2022.
Watch the Trailer for Disenchanted (2022)
Disney Studios released the full-length trailer for ‘Disenchanted’ on YouTube on 1st November 2022. The trailer gives a glimpse into Giselle’s life after her happily-ever-after in the previous film as she moves to the suburbs.
Initially excited for her new life things turn topsy turvy as increasingly disillusioned with her new life and harassed by Malvina she uses a little magic to turn her life into a fairytale we see the charm backfire and get a glimpse of a deliciously evil Giselle. The trailer for the much-awaited sequel to Enchanted seems magical and promises to have us charmed. You can watch the trailer for the film here: