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Enchanted - documentary DVD / family DVD review
ENCHANTED Not rated curledupdvd.com rating: 4 1/2 stars
Actors: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Julie Andrews, Susan Sarandon
Director: Kevin Lima   Studio: Walt Disney Video
DVD release: 18 March 2008   Runtime: 107 min. (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD features: Audio tracks (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, Spanish, French), Subtitles (English, French, Spanish), Deleted scenes, Bloopers, "Fantasy Comes to Life" (behind-the-scenes featurettes), Pip's Predicament: A Pop-up Adventure

Giselle's life is a fairy tale - an animated fairy tale. She's holed up in a house in the woods, kept away from Prince Edward (James Marsden); if they met, they'd share true love's kiss and kick his stepmother off the throne. So Giselle (Amy Adams) spends her free time with the gay and frolicking woodland creatures, fantasizing about her true love. All very formula stuff, and true-to-form for Disney animation. The adorable woodland creatures are almost painfully adorable, even Pip (Jeff Bennett), a chipmunk who speaks in sort of a street-wise New York accent.

Giselle does meet the prince, however, and is on her way to her happily ever after when she meets the evil stepmother, Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon). She is tossed down a well and out of the animated fairy-tale land of Andalasia - and she crawls out of a manhole as a live-action character in the heart of New York City. What is picture-perfect about her arrival in New York is that she keeps her sticky-sweet Disney PrincessT manner about her. Her over-exaggerated mannerisms suggest that she's pen and ink. She moves in live-action the way Snow White does in the little cottage where the dwarves live, leaning forward from the waist to sing with a bird. Her eyes are wide open most of the time. Quite a good performance. As one would expect, New York begins to have its way with her, leaving her soiled and rumpled.

That's when Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter, Morgan (Rachel Covey), happen upon her. Morgan is convinced she's a lost princess, and Robert takes her to call her a cab. She falls asleep on the couch and so must stay. When she awakens and finds Robert's apartment a mess, she calls out the window for the woodland creatures to help her sort it all out. Naturally, in New York she gets rats, pigeons, and cockroaches. They do a wonderful job in a scene that makes the movie.

Robert has a girlfriend to complicate matters, but things don't get too out of hand (I hate it when they do). Giselle makes dresses out of curtains and other large sheets of fabric from around the apartment while Prince Edward is swashbuckling his way to find her; it's a miracle these guys don't get committed. In the end, Nathaniel (Timothy Spall), the Queen's assistant, Pip, and the Queen herself all come to New York in order to save or destroy Giselle, depending. Keep an eye open for classic shots from many of your favorite Disney movies as they are recreated throughout.

Enchanted is a fun little romp, and my whole family enjoyed it. The songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz are catchy and infectious: you may find yourself humming "Happy Working Song" at work the next day.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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