By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –
Seventy years after the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937), the Walt Disney Company produced yet another fairy tale film… with a twist. Enchanted is a very special Disney film because it celebrates the Disney legacy while also poking fun at itself in humorous ways. The film itself is a very modern version of the Disney fairy tales that have enchanted audiences for decades while redefining what a Disney film could be for the modern age. Many would argue that Enchanted is the first modern Disney classic of the Twenty-First Century.
This film features a fabulous performance from Amy Adams and all of the charm and grace of Disney’s legacy. Adams definitely deserved her Golden Globe nomination for playing the Princess Giselle, an animated character who finds herself in the strange and terrifying world of New York City. This film also boasts three Academy Award-nominated original songs (and this was the last film to have that distinction after the Academy changed the rules in terms of its nominations). This film might have lost to Oscar to the song “Falling Slowly” from Once (2007), but it still has the magical and musical elements of the “Disney Renaissance” thanks to the music by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Enchanted really is enchanting (pun intended) because it essentially honors the magic of Disney.
Enchanted is a very delightful film that contains numerous references to Disney’s past. Some critics argued that this film might have had assistance from Walt Disney himself even though he has been dearly departed for a very long time. There is also (possibly) an upcoming sequel entitled Disenchanted that might be released in 2018. It has been a decade since this film’s original release (as of 2017), but Enchanted will definitely remain a continuation of Walt Disney’s enduring legacy.
Enchanted (2007) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: each time the characters from Andalasia enter New York City through the manhole.
Take a Drink: every time there is a reference to Disney’s past
Take a Drink: every time Pip (the chipmunk) gets into any sort of trouble or mayhem
Drink a Shot: every time a famous Disney celebrity appears on-screen (i.e. Jodi Benson, Paige O’Hara, etc.)
Make Yourself a Martini: when Nathaniel gives Giselle an apple martini in the Italian restaurant
Celebrate with your Favorite Drink: when this film reminds you that dreams can come true!