The original 2007 Enchanted film was a love letter to Disney films, as well as a meta-commentary on its silly, fantastical tropes. That resulted in a movie in which an animated princess falls into the real world, stacked to the gills with references and nods to the princess flicks that came before it. The follow-up, Disenchanted, turned the story on its head, creating a fantasy kingdom in the real world, with even more Disney Easter eggs than ever before. Here’s every Disney fairy tale reference in Disenchanted, including the ones you missed.
Warning: Spoilers for Disenchanted follow. Enchanted begins in an animated world where Giselle, the innocent princess, does not know she’s about to be kicked out into the real world. Her animated life is nothing but references to Disney films. Her castle is the one from Sleeping Beauty; the cottage is Snow White’s; her carriage is from Cinderella. The frog from The Princess and the Frog hops by, Rapunzel visits, and Giselle arrives in the real world the same way Alice arrives in Wonderland in Alice in Wonderland. And those are just the obvious Easter eggs.
Likewise Disenchanted borrows liberally from its source material, but in some places, it goes whole-hog, including one musical number entirely comprised of Easter eggs. Let’s run them all down.
Giselle Talking To Animals
Giselle’s attempt at singing and dancing with the animals of New York City (pigeons, wasps, roaches, and rats) was one of Enchanted’s more brilliant conceits, stealing the Snow White/Cinderella trope and giving it a gritty edge. Disenchanted brings that back; Giselle’s now got a little core crew of critters who know how to harmonize with all her songs.
The best part of Giselle turning her new suburb into a fairytale kingdom is that it allows Disenchanted to poke gentle fun at Disney’s new live-action fairytale phase. Consider, for example, her Beauty and the Beast kitchen collection. The scroll is as creepy as live-action Cogsworth dominating the household. (Also, the voice is Alan Tudyk, doing his King Candy character from Wreck-it-Ralph.)
Moreover, Disney not only gets to be referential, but also hints at Giselle’s evil turn by using some of Disney’s most iconic images. The Red Queen’s croquet set and Fantasia’s dancing brooms both hint at her going down the wrong path. The movie even managed to work in Disney deep cuts like The Brave Little Toaster, which Morgan polishes on the counter. (Also, there are “hidden Mickey” symbols all over the house.)
The Transformed Town
The shops in the transformed town of Monroelasia all have Easter egg reference names, including (but not limited to):
- Smee's Cheese
- Le Chapeau Magique
- The Royal Sip
- Mary Popover's Bakery
- Beauty and the Books
- A Whole Food World
- Painting, Painting On The Wall
- Bibidi Bobidi Butchers
- Lumiere's Candle Works
- Maid Marion's Dairy
- Magic and Mend
- Goldi Locksmith
- Potions and Elixirs
- Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
Also, when Giselle takes Morgan dress shopping, don’t sleep on the Belle golden gown on the rack or the apple in the glass container — or for that matter, the actor who played Morgan from the first movie in the crowd!
Malvina’s Collection Of Evil Things
Maya Rudolph, who plays Malvina, gets a nod to her Pixar role as the voice of Daniela Paguro in Luca, asking “What are they, fish?” But that’s only the beginning. Her throne room has the decor of The Emperor's New Groove; her two henchgirls, Ruby and Rosaleen, resemble the Wicked Stepsisters; and she visits Edgar, who turned into a magic mirror. (And yes, she says the words “mirror mirror on the wall.”)
Malvina might decide the best anti-princess weapon she has on hand is the sleeping potion. But pay attention, because she’s got options, including Sleeping Beauty’s spinning wheel, Alice in Wonderland’s “Drink Me” vial, Snow White’s poisoned apple, and Beauty and the Beast’s glass-enclosed rose.
The Wicked Stepmother To Cat Owner Pipeline
Giselle states aloud that villains own cats when Pip transforms into a feline companion, and she’s not wrong. Pip’s markings mimic one of the cruelest cats of all: Cinderella’s stepmother’s cat, Lucifer.
The Song Lyric Callbacks
Every song on Disenchanted is a parody of a Disney archetypal number, especially once Giselle casts the spell. “Fairytale Life” becomes your standard character intro song, and then morphs into the big “welcome” number once Giselle leaves the house, complete with the Beauty and the Beast “Bonjours” (now “Good Mornings”).
Malvina and Giselle’s “Badder” song contains references to Maleficent and Cruella, jumping down a rabbit hole, and climbing a beanstalk.
The funniest addition takes into account how the movie lucked into getting Idina Menzel, who played Nancy in the original film back when she was just “a Broadway star from Wicked.” She’s now better known for the smash hit Frozen and its earworm of a breakout song. Her lyrics in “Power of Love” include both “let it grow” and “let it glow” (though never “let it go”).
The Entire Perfect Number
There are very few perfect musical numbers, but “Perfect” might be one of them. The movie’s take on the famous Disney “I Want” number is three and a half minutes of back-to-back references to several other Disney “I Want” songs. The town freezes. Morgan walks up silly inclines that reference Moana and Elsa. And, of course, there’s that moment on the cart when the water splashes up behind her, which is straight out of The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World.”
All The Costume Callbacks
The entire wardrobe department deserves an Oscar for how well everything references Disney’s own established tropes:
- Even before the transformation, the gardeners are dressed as the Sleeping Beauty fairies.
- Giselle gets her Fairy Godmother-colored gown from the first film when the town transforms.
- Robert gets his tunic back from the first film.
- Morgan’s dress is Aurora’s from Sleeping Beauty.
- Malvina is dressed like the evil queen from Snow White.
- The blue dress Morgan puts on at the shop is a Cinderella gown.
- Tyson looks like a mashup of Snow White’s prince and Sleeping Beauty’s prince.
- Nancy’s fairy assistant is dressed like Tinkerbell.
- Nancy does the Fairy Godmother-patented Cinderella dress transformation on Morgan.
- Tyson is dressed like Cinderella’s Prince Charming.
- Ruby and Rosaleen have the Anastasia and Drizella stepsister dresses.
- Evil Giselle has the same ballgown from Enchanted, except it’s dark red instead of pink.
Enchanted and Disenchanted are both streaming on Disney+.
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