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[[caption-width-right:250: The Real and Animated worlds collide, and cause an enormous philosophical discussion on Fairy Tales.]]

->'''Giselle:''' What sort of awful place is this?\\
'''Robert:''' It's reality!\\
'''Giselle:''' Well, I think I'd prefer to be in Andalasia.

''Enchanted'' is {{Creator/Disney}}'s AffectionateParody of, well, [[SelfParody a Disney movie]], specifically the ones that spawned the {{Franchise/Disney Princess}}es.

Giselle (Creator/AmyAdams) lives in the beautiful animated land of Andalasia, where GenreTropes abound. She falls in LoveAtFirstSight with the handsome Prince Edward (Creator/JamesMarsden), and they are to be wed the very next day. But his WickedStepmother, the Queen(-Regent) Narissa (Creator/SusanSarandon), doesn't want to surrender the throne, so she throws Giselle down a PortalPool to modern-day, live-action [[BigApplesauce New York City]]. There she is rescued by Robert ([[Series/GreysAnatomy Patrick Dempsey]]), a divorce lawyer who doesn't put much stock in "HappilyEverAfter". Prince Edward follows Giselle to New York in hopes of rescuing her, Robert's fiancée Nancy (Creator/IdinaMenzel) is caught in the middle, and Narissa sends her henchman Nathaniel (Creator/TimothySpall) in as well in hopes of putting an end to Giselle once and for all.

The movie is a DeconReconSwitch of classic Disney fairy tales, and continuously bounces between both ends of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. Either way, though, it's still fun, never cheesy (save the opening, which is ''[[IntendedAudienceReaction supposed]]'' to be cheesy), and doesn't take itself too seriously. The hand-drawn animation in this film, as well as how well it won the audiences over, were probably yet another reason why Disney chose to return to producing 2D films on their own.

A sequel was announced for 2011, but composer Music/AlanMenken later reported that it became shelved. July 2014 saw the announcement of another attempt at a sequel.

Not to be confused with ''Film/EllaEnchanted'', nor with Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/{{Enchantment}}''.
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!!This film primarily provides parodies of the following tropes:
* AdoringThePests: This movie is all over this trope. Giselle calls the "forest creatures" of New York (cockroaches, pigeons and rats) to help her clean up Robert's apartment. HilarityEnsues when he walks in with the creatures still in the place.
** {{Inverted}} in that the citizens of New York find Pip the chipmunk as disgusting as any sewer vermin.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Giselle, once she lands in New York.
** Prince Edward is this as well.
* ActionGirl: After spending most of the movie as a PrincessClassic, Giselle turns into this to fight the BigBad.
* AffectionateParody: Disney sends up their own animated canon, and they have a lot of fun doing it.
* AllMenArePerverts: "Remember, when you go out, not to put on too much makeup, otherwise the boys will get the wrong idea. And you ''know'' how they are... They're only after one thing." From the ''6-year old'', no less.
-->"What's that?"\\
[[PingPongNaivete "I don't know. Nobody will tell me."]]
* AllPartOfTheShow:
** The bystanders to the TrueLovesKiss scene assume it was some kind of performance...until Narissa transformed into a dragon. And even then, some of them bemoan the special effects.
** Also, the patrons at the Italian restaurant applaud after Nathaniel's fight with Pip, although it's not clear whether they think it was all a show, or they're just that glad the rodent's gone.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Narissa in spades. Downplayed, if not subverted, by Nancy.
* AndStarring: Creator/SusanSarandon in the CBB.
* AngryBlackMan: {{Gender Flip}}ped by Robert's client and the bus driver that Edward encountered in Times Square, though the latter is ''really'' justified for being angry. Downplayed by the former's estranged husband. Completely averted by the guys who sang with Giselle at Central Park.
* AnyLastWords: Prince Edward says this when he believes that Robert has kidnapped Giselle.
-->'''Edward:''' Have you any last words before I dispatch you?
-->'''Robert:''' YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe
-->'''Edward:''' Strange words.
* ArcWords: "I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss..."
* ArtShift: From animation to live action when Giselle gets banished to New York.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: With her huge blue eyes, pale skin and pretty, up-turned nose, Creator/AmyAdams has the ''perfect'' look required to play a real-life Disney princess.
* AwardBaitSong: "So Close", which weirdly enough, is the one song in the movie where the placement ''makes sense'' -- it's used as the "slow dance" song at a ball. Giselle's magic voice not necessary! Strangely enough, it's a bittersweet love song -- apt for our leading couple but presumably less so for the other dancers, who, while invited to dance with someone they did not come to the ball with, presumably do not have the same unresolved feelings for one another. Despite "So Close" being the only true award bait song, the film took 3 of the 5 nomination slots in the Best Original Song category at the Oscars. Although it lost to the AwardBaitSong in ''Film/{{Once}}'', ''Enchanted'''s domination, a year after ''Dreamgirls'' accomplished the same feat, made the Academy put a one-song-per-film cap on the nominations.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Robert's client and her estranged husband.
* BadassCape: Edward wears one.
* BattleInTheRain: During the FinalBattle, no less!
* BeautifulDreamer
* BeautyEqualsGoodness
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Giselle can never, ever get dirty. (She does get slightly dirty on the bottom of her dress in the beginning.)
* BettyAndVeronica: {{Gender Flip}}ped but otherwise played straight.
* BigBad: Queen Narissa.
* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:Robert and Giselle's kiss in the rain near the end of the movie.]]
* BiggerOnTheInside: Giselle's carriage has room for all of her animal friends, including a ''cow''. Really, it was already quite a stunt to get her ''dress'' to fit in there comfortably.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: A rare in-universe version. Robert is confused when all of Central Park bursts spontaneously into song during the "That's How You Know". To ''him'' it's a BLAM. His reaction is also [[LampshadeHanging a lampshade]] of the SpontaneousChoreography, since unlike a pure BLAM the sequence also advances the plot. It leads to a romantic make-up gift from Robert to Nancy because of the earlier NotWhatItLooksLike scene.
* BigNever: Delivered by Narissa during the opening. It's so big, in fact, that she [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting briefly appears to turn into]] [[ScaledUp a dragon]].
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn / SteppingStoneSword: [[spoiler:Giselle apparently has enough strength to make a thrown sword pierce a metal decoration, with enough strength to support a grown man's weight.]]
* BlitheSpirit: Giselle.
* BookEnds: The film begins and ends with a literal opening and closing of a book, which is a ShoutOut to classic Disney films (see below).
* {{Bowdlerise}}:
** When this movie is aired on TV, a portion of Giselle and Morgan's conversation about "boys being after only one thing" is cut.
** The scene where Pip poops is omitted in the DisneyChannel airings of the movie, but not in the Creator/ABCFamily airings.
** The Disney Channel airing omits a scene in which Edward takes advantage of a guard's being distracted by a dog taking a leak in order to slip into Robert's apartment complex unnoticed. Instead, he is shown simply entering the apartment without having to distract anyone first.
* BrainlessBeauty:
** Edward.
** Giselle too, though she improves by the end.
* BystanderSyndrome: Giselle, wearing a huge poofy wedding dress pops out of a manhole and runs into traffic, causing an accident, and babbling about a prince and a castle and gets nothing more than a few confused/annoyed {{Aside Glance}}s -- well, this ''is'' New York City! Stranger things happen every day.
* CassandraTruth: Robert assumes that some old lady is lying to Giselle about having seen Edward, since Robert wasn't there to see Edward stab a bus.
* CelebrityParadox:
** The scene where Edward rides on the roof of the bus frames him with a poster of ''Film/SupermanReturns'', another James Marsden film, in the background. There's also a poster of a musical version of ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', whose film version also has Marsden, but filming for ''Enchanted'' probably happened first.
** Additionally, you can see posters for both ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' and ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' in Times Square... two musicals Idina Menzel (Nancy) is pretty famous for starring in.
* ChekhovsSkill: Pip's ability to be TheLastStraw that weighs down a branch [[spoiler:or building spire.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: The characters who came from Andalasia do this, though it's justified because it's an animated world.
* CityOfWeirdos: Once the main characters arrive in New York City. Robert is obviously the StraightMan to Giselle.
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: [[spoiler:Nancy and Edward, after Robert falls for Giselle.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Nancy had shades of this during the ball.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Andalasia.
* ClownCar: In the beginning, Giselle gets out of her coach in her wedding dress, and Nathaniel is run over by all the animals that were apparently in the coach with her. Even though her dress is so big, it's hard to tell how she fit in the car herself. One suspects that the coach must be [[BiggerOnTheInside a former]] [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]].
* CoincidentalBroadcast: The TV in Edward's motel room is showing an interview with Giselle when he asks it to reveal where she is. It does appear that he's been channel surfing all evening, though.
* CompositeCharacter: Narissa is a CaptainErsatz of both the evil queen from [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] and [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Malificent]].
* CouldThisHappenToYou: The news report of Pip being spotted at the restaurant parodies this, with the reporter rhetorically asking if this is a sign of a rising trend of rat infestations.
* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: New York for Giselle, at least initially.
* CrashIntoHello: Inverted. Giselle actually talked to Robert first before [[{{Pun}} falling]] off the billboard.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The credits featured animated silhouettes with a "woodblock printed paper" background, many of them references to previous Disney films.
* CreepyCockroach: Played with in the "Happy Working Song". Cockroaches pitch in to help the rats and pigeons clean up the apartment.
* CrowdSong: "That's How You Know" parodies this as ruthlessly as is possible in a Disney movie with the scene in Central Park.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: PlayedForLaughs when Nathaniel clips Pip to a hanger and leaves him in the closet.
* CurtainClothing: On her second day in New York, Giselle makes herself a dress out of Robert's living room curtains (complete with shot of the curtains hanging in the windows with appropriately-shaped holes in them); Robert is upset. On day three, she makes herself another dress out of Morgan's bedclothes; by this point, Robert is merely resigned to fate.
* CuttingTheElectronicLeash: Nancy, after {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing [[SuperCellReception how a cell phone still gets reception in a magical fairytale kingdom]].
* DamselInDistress: [[spoiler:{{Gender Flip}}ped]], which Narissa humorously {{lampshade| hanging}}s.
* DanceOfRomance: [[spoiler:The only possible explanation behind Nancy and Edward's LastMinuteHookup. The ''intended'' explanation was [[PlotHole left on the cutting-room floor]].]]
* DancesAndBalls: Being a sort of parody on {{Fairy Tale}}s, it has a dramatic and grand Dance Ball near the end. It's complete with Giselle looking stunning in her dress and Robert showing that, although he doesn't like dancing, he actually ''can''.
* DarkIsEvil: Narissa, who is an extremely AloofDarkHairedGirl and a WomanInBlack to boot.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Robert's client.
* DeadpanSnarker: Robert until his lifeview becomes more idealistic.
* DeconReconSwitch: For princess and Disney fairytale tropes.
* DescriptionCut:
-->''"Edward has a stepmother. Well, I've never met her, but I hear she's just lovely."'' (cut to Narissa entering Times Square dramatically, all dark and ominous)
** Of course, since she is Susan Sarandon, she is lovely, even when dark.
* DevilInPlainSight: Queen Narissa's evil is brought to Edward's attention only when Nathaniel tells him she's evil.
* DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce: In New York, Giselle's singing summons rats, pigeons, cockroaches, and flies!
** Hell, it could have been worse. She's lucky she didn't inadvertently shanghai the neighbors' housepets.
* DisneyVillainDeath: It's like they read the friggin' page. [[AffectionateParody Oh wait...]]
* DistressedDude: At the end of the film, Narissa turns into an [[OneWingedAngel enormous dragon]], grabbing Robert and flying with him to the top of the Woolworth Building, forcing Giselle to save the day.
* DivorceIsTemporary: Robert's client and her husband have ultimately cancelled their plans for divorce thanks to Giselle's remark about their eyes sparkling upon gazing one another.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Giselle goes barefoot during the animated opening sequence.
* DoubleSubversion: A ''lot'', due to the film's refusal to commit to being a parody or not.
* TheDragon: Nathaniel.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: Nathaniel's past actions against certain characters (e.g. Giselle and Pip) aren't brought up once he makes his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Of course, since it's a parody of the movies that foster the mindset.
* EvilOverlooker: See the poster illustrating this article. That giant woman is Queen Narissa. [[spoiler:And so is that giant dragon so she's in it ''twice'', both times in a watching pose. How's that for overkill?]]
* {{Evil Sorcere|r}}ss: Narissa (see VainSorceress below).
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Narissa.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Giselle and [[spoiler:Nancy]] each wear one.
* FallingInLoveMontage: Giselle and Robert dancing to "So Close" by John [=McLaughlin=] in the ball.
* FallingIntoHisArms: Played straight with [[spoiler:Edward and Giselle]], but more of a "Falling ''on top of'' his arms" with [[spoiler:Giselle and Robert.]]
* FalseSoulmate: Towards the end, TrueLovesKiss indicates that the couples [[spoiler:Edward/Giselle and Robert/Nancy]] aren't meant to be with each other, but that [[spoiler:Edward/Nancy and Robert/Giselle]] are.
* FantasticRomance: [[spoiler:Cartoon princess-to-be meets real world lawyer.]]
** [[spoiler: And the very end provides us with real world woman meets cartoon prince.]]
* FantasyForbiddingFather: Early on, Robert discourages Morgan's interest in fairy-tales. He tries to encourage her in more practical dreams, giving a book about real-world heroines such as Marie Curie and Eleanor Roosevelt. It's implied that his divorce has left him [[BreakTheCutie disillusioned about love.]]
* TheFashionista: Nancy, who is a fashion designer. [[spoiler: When she left with Edward, Giselle takes over her business.]]
* FemaleGaze: The "I'm angry!" scene in which Giselle feels anger for the first time and is thrilled. She gets ''very'' close to Robert, who's only wearing a bathrobe, and we're treated to a nice close up of her feeling up Patrick Dempsey's bare and exposed chest. It's her LoveEpiphany and also implied to be the first time she's ever experienced sexual arousal.
* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: Robert's divorce, a decision that deeply affected him and made him become a divorce lawyer.
* FisherKingdom: The animated sequences parody this
* FishOutOfWater:
** Giselle, obviously, although a lot of things are ignored for the sake of keeping the plot on track.
** This actually gets subverted a bit, in the scene where Edward and Nathaniel are in a motel room, and turn on the TV. Initially, they're doing the traditional 'Fish out of Water' bit, but they fairly quickly figure out how to use it, that it's not tiny people trapped inside, and are even able to use the remote quite well. This is probably how someone who had never seen a TV would react: Alarm, but quick adaptation. They ''do'' continue to think of it as a controllable magic mirror, but honestly, that's pretty accurate. Their cultural world view just pre-assumes magic instead of technology.
** Similarly, Giselle doesn't know how the shower works, but figures it out very quickly without any fuss. She also figures out how to empty the vacuum cleaner via a song verse.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Early in the film, Giselle takes an apple that has been bitten and sees if she can use it as the mouth on her mannequin of the Prince. Later, she takes a [[spoiler:near-fatal]] bite of a poisoned apple.
** Also, in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example, the blast of fire unleashed in anger by Narissa near the beginning bears the silhouette of [[spoiler:a gangly, serpentine-looking dragon]]. Guess what she [[ScaledUp turns into at the climax]]?
** Also Giselle's mannequin of her dream prince. Its appearance and the outfit it was wearing was really similar to Robert and what he wore to the ball.
** There's also a deleted scene included on the DVD where Nancy and a co-worker talk about how she's a closet romantic, foreshadowing [[spoiler: her and Edward's LastMinuteHookup]].
** In Times Square, there are posters of shows (see above) that also starred two cast members of this film. [[spoiler: And they're your BetaCouple folks]]! May also double as an in-universe HilariousInHindsight.
* ForHappiness: Giselle's life philosophy, whether it's musical numbers, pretty dresses, or giving love a second chance.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** The girls: Giselle is Sangine, Morgan is Leukine, Nancy is Phlegmatic and Narissa is Choleric.
** The boys: Robert is Phlegmatic, Edward is Sanguine, Nathaniel is Melancholic and Pip is Choleric.
** The Andalasians: Giselle is Leukine, Edward is Sanguine, Nathaniel is Melancholic, Pip is Phlegmatic and Narissa is Choleric.
** The four main leads: Giselle is Sanguine, Robert is Melancholic, Edward is Choleric and Nancy is Phlegmatic.
* FourthDateMarriage: Lampshaded (it's the page quote for the trope) and played straight since it's an AffectionateParody and homage.
* FourIsDeath:
** [[spoiler: The fourth apple that Giselle holds and successfully ate is the poisoned apple. She got better though.]]
** The fourth time the sewer portal opens from Andalasia, it is the BigBad who comes out of it. Not only did she do it ominously, but she wasted no time causing havoc upon arriving. However, she is technically the fifth Andalasian to come out of there since Edward and Pip simultaneously arrived during the second opening. The actual fourth Andalasian to arrive is [[TheDragon Nathaniel]].
*** Nathaniel does spend most of his time attempting to kill Giselle, so it still fits.
* FriendToAllChildren: Giselle gets along with Morgan really well. She is also seen tending to a group of children [[spoiler: at her Botique]] during the epilogue.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Played straight in the animated opening section. [[DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce Spoofed]] for laughs in the live-action scenes, where Giselle charms ''vermin'' into cleaning Robert's apartment.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: There is one point in the big "That's How You Know" dance number where the performers are all marching across a bridge and people in the boats in the water below are not paying any attention to them.
** When Robert and Nancy make up after that number, you can see a worker in the background is trying to get Giselle to stop messing with the fashion material.
* GenreSavvy: Narissa seems to know fairy tales pretty well, but suffers GenreBlindness at the end.
* GiantPoofySleeves: Giselle's wedding dress, Edward's shirt, [[spoiler:Nancy's wedding dress.]]
* GlassShatteringSound: After Nathaniel [[YouHaveFailedMe fails her for the last time]], Narissa screams so loudly, she shatters '''every single glassware'' in the cavern.
* GoThroughMe: When ScaledUp Narissa announces she's going to kill everybody, starting with Giselle.
-->'''Robert:''' Over my dead body!\\
'''Narissa:''' All right, I'm flexible. ''(attacks Robert)''
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Giselle in the ball.
* {{Greed}} Pretty much Narissa's essence.
* GreekChorus: Two old women usually lampshades everything that is happening (or what just happened) on-screen.
* HappilyEverAfter: Pretty much the theme of the entire movie.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Nathaniel.]]
* HeldGaze: Robert and Giselle do this at the ball during their DanceOfRomance.
* HelloAttorney: Robert.
* HeroicBSOD: Giselle suffers a mild case of this when she learns about the concept of divorce.
* HighConcept: "Hey, let's do a RefugeeFromTVLand plot with a Disney princess", said one exec to another.
* HighCollarOfDoom: Narrisa has an outfit with one.
* IChooseToStay: Giselle and Nathaniel in New York. [[spoiler: Nancy in Andalasia.]]
* IDoNotSpeakNonverbal: Prince Edward towards the now mute and impressive mime Pip. He has a problem with pantomimes.
* IFeelAngry: [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Other]] {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* ImprovisedZipline: Pip escaping to alert Giselle with a wire with a clothes hanger.
* IndecisiveDeconstruction: The film is either this or a DeconReconSwitch, depending on a): how self-aware you think it is of its tendency to reuse tropes it previously smashed into little pieces, and b): how convincing you think its reuse of those tropes really is.
* IndecisiveParody: The movie never quite decides whether it's a true parody of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon or not.
* TheIngenue: Giselle.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Nathaniel. The only evil deed he succeed in doing is harming Pip, the chipmunk. And even then, it came off as PokeThePoodle.
* InkSuitActor: A very {{Justified|Trope}} example in the animated sequences, though to what extent it's effective varies: in animated form, Giselle doesn't particularly resemble Amy Adams. Nathaniel is such a spot-on caricature of Timothy Spall that you will know it's him before he even opens his mouth. Edward and Narissa are somewhere in between with their animated resemblances to James Marsden and Susan Sarandon, [[spoiler: as do Nancy to Idina Menzel]].
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Giselle during the shower scene.
* IronicEcho: "Is this a big habit of yours, falling off stuff?" "Only when you're around to catch me."
** "Grownup girl bonding time".
* IveHeardOfThatWhatIsIt: During Edward and Giselle's reunion.
-->'''Giselle:''' Before we leave, there is something I would love to do.\\
'''Edward:''' Well, name it my love and it is done!\\
'''Giselle:''' I want to to go on a date.\\
'''Edward:''' A date! [{{Beat}}] What's a date?
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: When Edward realizes [[spoiler:Giselle's true love is Robert]], he immediately starts pushing [[spoiler:Robert to kiss Giselle]] in order to save her with no jealousy whatsoever. Robert is hesitant, but then [[spoiler:Nancy also relinquishes her former love]] and tells him to.
* KnightInShiningArmour: The movie begins with Prince Edward saving Giselle from a troll and they plan to get married the next day.
* LampshadeHanging:
** Pretty much the entire movie, but particularly the song "That's How You Know", where Robert, acting the part of the StraightMan, wonders how on earth everyone knows the words for a song he'd never heard.
** A great deal of Queen Narissa's dialog consists of this.
* LargeHam:
** Edward. James Marsden was clearly enjoying himself more than is street-legal, but that's part of the fun.
** Susan Sarandon as Narissa is even more remorselessly hammy. Narissa is such a LargeHam that she continues after going OneWingedAngel, which is normally the point where most villains lose their ability to speak.
* LastMinuteHookup: [[spoiler:Edward and Nancy.]]
* TheLastStraw: Pip has this effect on a tree branch that's already holding Giselle and a giant troll. [[spoiler:And again on a metal spire Narissa is on.]]
* LeParkour: Edward has no problem leaping in the most unusual of places.
* LogoJoke: The camera zooms in on a tower of the Disney castle to show the book on a stand inside, effectively integrating the logo into the animated prologue.
* LordErrorProne: Edward, being that this movie deconstructs fairy tales.
* LoveAtFirstNote: Edward immediately sets off to find the owner of the beautiful voice he hears singing.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Intentionally parodied. Giselle falls out of a tree onto Edward's horse, and he immediately announces that they'll be married the next day. Her relationship with Robert progresses much more slowly.
* LoveEpiphany: Giselle towards Robert ("''Oh, my...''")
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Nathaniel [[spoiler: ultimately subverts this via MistreatmentInducedBetrayal fueled HeelFaceTurn]].
* MagicalGirlfriend: What else would you call Giselle in New York?
* MakeAWish: Giselle goes to the portal between the two worlds because she thinks it's a wishing well.
* MaleGaze: Giselle, wet and covered only in ModestyTowel. Good luck averting your eyes guys!
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Giselle, though she's not an entirely straight example given her character growth and the fact that Robert himself is performing a similar role for ''her''.
* MeaningfulEcho:
** "True love's kiss: the most powerful force in the world."
** A subtle one was that the first song sung in the film contained the lyric "I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss." The last song sung by Carrie Underwood in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue contained the lyric "I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss." Also counts as a BookEnds.
* MeetCute: Lampshaded when Giselle falls onto Edward's horse running from a troll he was hunting.
-->"And in years to come we'll reminisce / How we came to love..."
* MissingMom: Morgan and Giselle share a bonding moment over neither having ever had a "shopping with Mom" experience. Bonus points in that [[spoiler:Morgan's mom ''isn't'' dead, but actually left her family]].
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler: Nathaniel gradually realises that he's just a convenient tool to Narissa, and steps forward to help the heroes at the end.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Nathaniel:''' I've always treated her like a queen, but lately I'm starting to feel there's this whole other side to her, like I don't even know her anymore.\\
'''Radio Therapist:''' I think you need to take her aside and find out how she really feels about you.\\
'''Narissa:''' Hello, worthless. Miss me?]]
* ModestyTowel: Giselle in the {{shower|Scene}} and NotWhatItLooksLike scene. Pigeons fly in and provide her with one.
* MoodWhiplash:
** The "Happy Working Song", which ends with a one-legged pigeon eating a cockroach.
** Edward is ready to kill Robert, but when Giselle says he's just a friend, he replies with a carefree, "Oh."
* MrFanservice: Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden.
* MusicalChores: The "Happy Working Song"
* TheMusicMeister: Giselle.
* NarrativeShapeshifting: Pip can't speak outside the fairy tale world, so he tries using charades to warn Prince Edward that Nathaniel is planning to poison Giselle with an apple. It doesn't work; [[BrainlessBeauty Edward just thinks the chipmunk is praising his greatness]].
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** A fairly minor example. The trailer set us up for a {{Subversion}} of a standard BigLippedAlligatorMoment musical number. Turns out it was a DoubleSubversion.
** A bigger example: When the announcer says something about Robert having to help Giselle and Edward return to Andalasia "before time runs out", newcomers can easily assume that they will become trapped in New York after a certain number of days, especially since they show [[WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve the clock striking twelve]].
* NonHumanSidekick: Pip. Those other animals in Andalasia also qualify, but mainly it's him.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Giselle, dressed only in a towel, falls out of the bathroom onto Robert. Right when Robert's girlfriend walks in. What makes it worse is that Giselle doesn't help to clear up the misunderstanding, because she doesn't understand the implication.
* {{Novelization}}: There is one, and it's actually pretty good.
* OlderSidekick: Nathaniel to Edward.
* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Briefly seen in the "That's How You Know" montage, complete with a ParasolOfPrettiness and a mariachi band on a couple of other boats.
* OneWingedAngel: Narissa turns into a dragon for the FinalBattle, in a clear homage to [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]].
* OnlyOneName: Nathaniel. Does he even have a last name? Apparently not, because even in the epilogue, when he writes his autobiography, only "Nathaniel" is printed on the cover as the author's name.
** Basically, all the Andalasians have no last names.
* OnlySaneMan: Giselle starts singing "That's How You Know" in the middle of Central Park and CrowdSong breaks out around her. [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]] Robert, the one being sung to, is the only one who wonders how that is even possible.
-->'''Robert:''' He knows the song too?! I've never heard this song before!
* OppositesAttract: Giselle, the cheery optimist, and Robert, the sarcastic pessimist.
* OutOfSightOutOfMind: Narissa's initial plan -- obviously, it doesn't work.
* PaperThinDisguise: Nathaniel tries to use these to slip Giselle the first two poisoned apples.
** The first time, he slips it while disguised as an apple cart vendor, selling the poisoned apple as a caramel apple on a stick. It doesn't work because Giselle throws it away, and it gets lodged in a biker's helmet - causing an epic BrickJoke: after "That's How You Know" is over, this biker is seen again sporting a bald patch on his scalp where the poison burned through his helmet and hair.
** The second time, Nathaniel passes the apple off as a martini while disguised as a waiter.
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler:Edward and Nancy.]]
* PerspectiveFlip: Giselle's version of Literature/LittleRedRidingHood.
* PimpedOutDress:
** Giselle's would-be wedding dress.
** Narissa and her ''HUGE'' collar.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Giselle's first dress in the movie is pink. She also wears one in the epilogue when [[spoiler: she becomes a fashion designer]].
* PrettyFreeloader: Giselle by essence, though she does help with cleaning up Robert and Morgan's apartment first thing in the morning... unconventional as her methods may be.
* PrinceCharming: Edward, parodied. In addition to his cluelessness, he's revealed to have a bit of an ego problem, but he never gets to the level of PrinceCharmless.
** Also subverted. [[spoiler: Edward is merely WrongGenreSavvy, as witnessed when instantly realizes and selflessly reacts to his kiss having no effect on Giselle.]]
* PrincessClassic: Giselle, also parodied.
* PropheticNames: Robert's last name is Philip (Disney/SleepingBeauty's prince) and Nancy's is Tremaine (Disney/{{Cinderella}}'s evil stepfamily). This last one is a subversion, though, as Nancy is actually quite nice and ends up a fairy-tale princess herself.
* PungeonMaster: Like many Disney villains, Narissa engages in a bit of this once she has her big evil moment. "It's time to take our tale to new heights.... We're coming to the end of our story now. Are you at the edge of your seat, Giselle, just ''dying'' to know how it ends?"
* TheQueensLatin: {{Averted}}. In the fairytale land of Andalasia, they speak with AmericanAccents.
* RecordNeedleScratch: "Ever Ever After" and [[spoiler:Edward's wedding to Nancy]] screech to a halt as Nancy's phone rings.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler: Nathaniel becomes a very successful writer post HeelFaceTurn.]]
* RedHeadedHeroine: Giselle.
* RedIsHeroic: Edward wears a heavily red outfit for the entire movie.
* RedOniBlueOni: Edward and Patrick respectively. Their clothes in the ball are even ColorCodedForYourConvenience.
* RefugeeFromTVLand: The fairy tale Princess, her handsome Prince, her NonHumanSidekick, a wicked Queen, and SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer all being transported to modern New York City.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Parodied on purpose. With just the sound of her voice, Giselle can control any animal and induce mass hypnosis in as large a group as she wishes. Why? Because Disney Princesses ''can just do that'', and therefore so can Giselle, or she wouldn't be one. That's why. Likewise following classic Disney tropes, Pip is agile and intelligent, Nathaniel can [[PaperThinDisguise disguise into any human bystander]], Narissa has the power to transform into a creepy old lady and turn into a dragon, and Prince Edward... is a LargeHam.
* RhymesOnADime: Edward does this when interpreting what Pip is trying to tell him.
* TheRival: Nathaniel and Pip.
* RomanticFalseLead: Nancy, Robert's fiancée [[spoiler:who takes up Giselle's place and marries Prince Edward in the end]]. Edward counts here, too.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: As out-of-it as he is, Prince Edward is still pretty brave to dive through a PortalPool to a strange land, fight a "metal monster" (read: an MTA city bus) with a sword, and search Manhattan to look for Giselle.
* SassyBlackWoman: Robert's client and the bus driver in Times Square.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Prince Edward parodies it from the usual Franchise/DisneyPrincess. However, [[spoiler: it was averted in one scene where after his kiss didn't wake up Giselle, he realized he wasn't the one for her and immediately asked Robert to do it, showing he is open-minded. And after Giselle woke up, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he was genuinely happy]] for the two of them.]]
* ScaledUp: Narissa transforms into a dragon as a homage to ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'''s Maleficent.
* TheSchlubPubSeductionDeduction: Narissa on Nathaniel. [[HeelFaceTurn Nathaniel begins to realize he's a dupe for her when he sees a soap opera variant.]]
* SecondLove: Robert for Giselle, with Edward being the first. Giselle is likely the third for Robert, being preceded by his wife and Nancy. [[spoiler: Nancy for Edward. As for Edward to Nancy, it's unknown if she had past relationships prior to Robert.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Played with. Edward is the WarriorPrince, while Robert is a NonActionGuy. However, Edward is an over the top Romantic, while Robert is the one with a no-nonsense snarky attitude.
* ShoppingMontage: In this case however, the "protégée" is an adult, and the person who takes her shopping is a child.
* ShoutOut:
** The movie is full of them, particularly to Disney classic movies:
*** The book opening sequence is a shoutout to many Disney classics.
*** When Giselle is looking at the fish tank in Robert's office, a song from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' plays in the background. Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel, plays Robert's secretary.
*** While in the Italian restaurant, "La Bella Notte" from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' plays; the restaurant itself is called after the song.
*** The scene where Nathaniel helps Edward to take his boots off is an obvious shout-out to ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. Edward also watches a soap opera staring Paige O'Hara, who voiced Belle, while a mysterious sounding "Beauty and the Beast" motif plays.
*** Giselle wears [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} glass shoes to the ball]], and the scene where she takes the bite of the poison apple mimics the one in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
*** Narissa herself is a big shoutout to many Disney villainesses, especially to [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]]; green electricity-based powers, similar outfits and the fact that she turns into a dragon while bursting in flames.
*** Broadway veteran Harvey Evans, the yellow-jacketed old man from "That's How You Know" previously danced as a chimney sweep in ''Film/MaryPoppins''.
** There's something eerily ''Film/KingKong1933''-esque about [[spoiler:Narissa's death scene]].
** There is an obvious shout-out to ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' during the Central Park sequence, and Creator/JulieAndrews was the narrator.
** There was also a reference to ''Film/{{Moonstruck}}''.
** There's a pop-up tracker solely devoted to this on the Blu-Ray disc, of which there are over 100, some of which are so obscure that even most Disney diehards won't catch them without it. According to director Kevin Lima, the actual count is over 1,000.
** Meta Shout Out: Robert's first scene involves a divorcing couple arguing over who gets "Hank" (A baseball Card of Hank Aaron, of the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves). The Braves currently do their Spring Training at Champion Stadium, on Walt Disney World Property.
** There's a double shout out to both ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' and ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' when Giselle makes clothing out of the curtains.
* ShowWithinAShow: The soap opera that appears on the TV in Edward's motel room, starring Paige O'Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast) no less. Even better, the background music of said soap opera takes cues from the ''song'' "Beauty and the Beast".
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Nathaniel.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Cynicism may be easier and less painful, but idealism is more fun.
* SkepticismFailure: It takes Robert a very long time to admit to himself that Giselle ''really'' is magical, ''despite'' watching her magical song powers in action.
* SlapSlapKiss: Giselle is ''really'' turned on by how Robert makes her -- what is it called? -- so ''angry''!
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Pip in New York becomes a literal example. Back in Andalasia he's a TalkingAnimal like all the animals in Andalasia.
* StockScream:
** The animated troll does the Goofy scream, or something remarkably similar, when he gets catapulted by the tree.
*** A WilhelmScream can be heard at the start of Narissa's transformation.
* SuggestiveCollision: Giselle, dressed only in a towel, falls out of the bathroom onto Robert. Right when Nancy enters.
* SummonBackupDancers: For "That's How You Know" in Central Park.
* SuperCellReception: Nancy gets cellphone reception in a magical fairytale kingdom. The bizarreness of this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d right before she [[CuttingTheElectronicLeash destroys the cell phone]].
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Narissa can turn any body of water (or soup, or alcohol) in the real world into a spy camera.
* TakeThat: At the beginning of the movie, when the old hag, who's really Narissa in disguise, pushes Giselle into the well, she says that she sent her to a place "where there are no happily ever afters." It turns out to be modern-day New York in reality. Nice.
* ThemeTuneCameo: "Part of Your World" and "Beauty and the Beast".
* TheyveComeSoFarSong: "So Close", a diegetic song sung at the ball before the big confrontation.
* ThisIsReality: See the page quote.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Even if you're a princess.
* TitleDrop: Music/CarrieUnderwood does this in the song "Ever Ever After":
-->Let yourself be enchanted/You just might break through/To ever ever after!
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Giselle is definitely a very frilly and girly girl, while Nancy is a career woman who wears pantsuits and glasses.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Giselle in the climax.]]
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* TreeBuchet: The troll in the beginning of the movie has this happen to him.
* {{Troperiffic}}
* TrueLovesKiss:
** Giselle's IWantSong is even ''called'' "True Love's Kiss".
** It's also played straight near the end of the movie, when, like a good Disney princess, she's hexed to sleep. She needs a {{Troperiffic}} TrueLovesKiss before midnight (of course) in order to wake up. [[spoiler:Robert, of course, manages to rouse her in the nick of time with a TrueLovesKiss.]]
* TwoFirstNames: Robert and his daughter's last name is Phillip.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: The scene when Giselle trails off mid-rant because she's been distracted by Robert-in-his-bathrobe virtually ''screams'' this. That, or DistractedByTheSexy.
* UnDuet: To show that Gisele has changed as a person the prince ends up doing a solo reprise of the duet at the start of the film.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Zigzagged. Giselle's initial arrival in New York does get some odd looks (the fact that she causes a traffic accident certainly helps), and Edward's antics with the bus and Pip's appearance in the Bella Notte make the local news... but otherwise their presence (including Pip in another restaurant) doesn't garner a lot of notice. Also, Nathaniel manages to sneak into the latter restaurant's kitchen with only a chef's hat and strike up a conversation with a pot of soup without attracting too much unwanted attention.
** Those people in the boats during "That's How You Know" who are ignorant of all the performers crossing the bridge above them.
** The stable magical portal in Times Square attracts attention... the first time. By the time Nathaniel pops out of it, it's routine; they've fenced it off with traffic cones and the bystanders just want to know who ''he's'' looking for.
* UpTheRealRabbitHole: After one attempt to locate it, as far as Robert is concerned, Andalasia (a very real if MagicalLand) is "fantasy", and ThisIsReality. Nobody ever corrects him or acts as if this makes anything but perfect sense.
* UrineTrouble: When Edward is lurking outside Robert's apartment complex, waiting for an opportunity to get in a "rescue" Giselle, a passing dog relieves itself on his boot.
* VainSorceress: Narissa. Though, that ''must'' have been intentional; she ''is'' meant to be an amalgamation/parody/lampshade of the classic Disney "{{Evil|Sorcerer}}[=/=]VainSorceress" villains, most notably [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]], [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs the Queen from Snow White]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]], and perhaps just a dash of [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Lady Tremaine]] (well, that last one doesn't really use magic unless you count one of the sequels, but still).
* VerbedTitle
* VillainsBlendInBetter: Nathaniel seems to have much less trouble navigating New York than Giselle does, showing up in a variety of guises and apparent jobs. (Possibly he has a fairytale-villain-instant-disguise trait that carries over the way Giselle's fairytale-heroine-magic-singing trait does.)
* VisualPun: Giselle ''falling'' to Robert in the beginning, and vice-versa at the ending.
* WarriorPrince: Though a GlassCannon, Edward is a very capable fighter.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Thoroughly deconstructed when Giselle calls the creatures of New York to help her clean Robert's home for him [[DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce and ends up with an entourage of rats, pigeons, and cockroaches]]. With a queasy look: "Well...it's always nice to make ''new'' friends..." Eventually she gets along with them just fine "...even though you're vermin."
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: We actually see that the clock is designed to start striking before the hour. For some reason. See the FridgeBrilliance page for one editor's theory.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: It shows that [[spoiler:Edward and Nancy got married in Andalasia. Giselle opens up a new fashion/boutique business, staying with Robert. After staying in New York, Nathaniel becomes a successful author, as well as Pip back in Andalasia.]]
* WhiteStallion: Ridden by Prince Edward as he rescues Giselle.
* WickedStepmother: Played straight with Narissa. Averted with Nancy and eventually Giselle herself.
* WidescreenShot: When the viewers first enter Andalasia, black bars appear on the left and right sides to make the picture appear as narrow as the movies Disney released during TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation. The picture expands and fills the bars when Giselle crosses through into the live-action world. They never change back after the first transition, even when animated scenes occur.
* WigDressAccent: Nathaniel.
* WinningOverTheKids
* WomanInBlack: Narissa.
* WomanInWhite: Giselle when she first arrives in New York.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: A rodent in a New York City restaurant makes the nightly news? Maybe if it was a high-end restaurant, but it doesn't seem to be. Bonus points for twisting it into a parody of CouldThisHappenToYou pieces.
* WrongInsultOffence:
-->'''Robert:''' [[YoureInsane You're crazy!]]\\
'''Narissa:''' No. Spiteful, vindictive, and [[OneWingedAngel very large]], but ''never'' crazy.
* XMeetsY: "{{Disney}} meets Reality".
* [[YoureInsane You're Crazy!]]
-->'''Narissa:''' No! Spiteful, vindictive, ''[[OneWingedAngel very]]'' [[OneWingedAngel large]], but never crazy!
* YouSaidYouCouldntDance: Word for word.
-->'''Giselle:''' You said you couldn't dance!\\
'''Robert:''' I said I ''don't'' dance. I didn't say I ''couldn't''.
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