Disenchanted Keeps Hiding Disney Easter Eggs In Plain Sight

Amy Adams as Giselle in Disenchanted

Amy Adams as Giselle in Disenchanted
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the music extravaganza delighted she stood out for many things: giving life to an animated Disney princess; the launch of Amy Adams’ film career; original songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz; and, of course, the many self-referential gags aimed at the history of Disney animated feature films, dating back to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The now-defunct official Disney blog, Oh My Disney, once recounted 57 references to previous Disney projects, from the iconic storybook opening to the voice actor cameos to the camerawork in the climactic dance scene. According to director Adam Shankman, the sequel disenchanted it incorporates even more winks for eagle-eyed fans to see.

“It’s the fundamental build, theoretically,” Shankman said at a press conference ahead of the new film’s release. “delighted is the sending of all tropes. And it’s one of my favorite things about the movie and being in it because, to my knowledge, it’s the first time Disney has winked at itself.”

Disney fans may debate whether that’s actually true, what constitutes “shipping,” and whether it happened before 2007, but the fact remains that delighted it lives in the space between respectful homage and winking parody, leaning too heavily towards neither. The same could be said of the sequel. In disenchantedGiselle (Adams) and her husband Robert (Patrick Dempsey, also reprising his role) move with their daughter Morgan (new cast member Gabby Baldacchino) from Manhattan to a suburb called Monroeville. Finding it difficult to adjust, Giselle uses a magic wand to wish for a fairytale life, and gets her wish. The town is transformed into a quaint town straight out of a Disney movie, but Giselle ignores her own role in the story. As Morgan’s stepmother, she unknowingly presents herself as the villain of the play.

Amy Adams and Maya Rudolph in Disenchanted

Amy Adams and Maya Rudolph in Disenchanted
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Some of the references may not be obvious at first, like the background signs in town once the spell is cast, but others will be more obvious to Disney fans. “There’s a not-so-subtle nod to Gabby’s solo song,” says Shankman. “Actually, there are many. Every take on that song is something that is a nod to another song on ‘Quiero’. …Pip becomes Lucifer [Lady Tremaine’s cat in Cinderella], Amy becomes many Disney villains. You know, the Magic Mirror is a replica of the magic mirror of White as snow. Therefore, it is from floor to ceiling. They are everywhere you look. You could swing a cat, you’re going to hit a trope.”

All departments reportedly had the opportunity to recreate something familiar or iconic for the film, including costumes, props, and set decorations. Composer Alan Menken even wove together music tracks from his own work, as well as motifs from classic Disney movies.

In addition to the ones mentioned above, here are some of the other Easter eggs we caught on film, though we’re sure there are others we missed:

  • I like it delightedthe film opens with an animated storybook, a homage to the beginnings of several classic Disney movies.
  • When the family arrives in Monroeville, we see three gardeners dressed in the colors of Flora, Fauna and Merriweather from Sleeping Beauty. Later in the film, they actually become fairies and babysitters to Giselle and Robert’s daughter Sophia.
  • delighted had some cameos from voice actors like Jodi Benson (Ariel in The little Mermaid) and Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas). for cameos in disenchanted, the team turned its attention to Broadway. On the train ride into town, Robert teams up with James Monroe Igleheart, who originated the role of Genie in Aladdin on Broadway, and Ann Harada, who played one of the stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. They both get a chance to sing in a later scene.
  • After casting the spell, Morgan sweeps the floor with one of Fantasia’s brooms.
  • Some of the Disney-related stores in town include Beauty And The Book, A Whole Food World, Lumiere’s Candle Works, and Bibbidi Bobbidi Butchers.
  • During the song “Badder”, Amy Adams and Maya Rudolph sing about which of them is more of a villain. Easter eggs fly by quickly, but you might be able to find references to the most famous Disney villains, like the poisoned apples and the cursed rose from the Beast.
  • Morgan’s transformation scene in Andalasia is animated exactly like Cinderella’s in “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo”.
  • The ball gowns worn in the film by Yvette Nicole Brown and Jayma Mays are exact replicas of the outfits Cinderella’s stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella wear to the ball.

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