- Actor Allusion:
- Ariel has a fish tank where she works. And the office has a Muzak version of "Part of Your World".
- Also, the little musical cue that strikes up when Paige O'Hara first appears sounds awfully familiar...
- Posters for Wicked and RENT can be seen in Times Square, both headlined by Idina Menzel. Another poster for Hairspray is advertised, which also stars James Marsden.
- Julie Andrews is the narrator for the film. During the "That's How You Know" number, Giselle can be seen running in Central Park and recreating the famous "The hills are alive..." shot from The Sound of Music.
- Development Hell: Disney bought an early version of the script in 1997. Kevin Lima had taken multiple stabs at getting the director's chair, but was repeatedly turned down for his version being "too dark." Additionally, the first version of the script was written by Bill Kelly. Then it was rewritten by Rita Hsiao, followed by Todd Alcott. Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle were hired to rewrite the script once again, but that fell through, and finally, the script was rewritten by Bill Kelly.
- Image Source:
- Playing Against Type:
- James Marsden made a career of playing the straight-laced Straight Man in action films and rom coms. This and Hairspray (also released in 2007) showed off his goofily disarming charm, nice comic timing, and a Broadway-caliber voice. Who knew?
- Idina Menzel to a musical degree. She is more well-known for Broadway musicals but does not sing in the movie. (A song was originally intended for her and James Marsden at the end, but was never used.) She said in an interview she was flattered to be "hired as an actress."
- Star-Making Role: While she first got Hollywood's notice in her role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can and later got an Oscar nomination for her performance in June Bug, it was this film which turned Amy Adams into an instant star.
- Throw It In:
Morgan: (holding up two rats) What do I do with them?
- The novelization of the film provides some insight that makes it easier to determine what lines were ad libbed. It follows pretty much the entire script of the movie and even some of the deleted scenes, so the comic material not included was most likely ad libbed.
- This includes a couple of the more risque lines, such as Nancy's comment about Robert and Giselle having some "grown-up girl bonding time" and Morgan's comment that "Boys are only after one thing", but nobody will tell her what it is. Morgan's "Kick what?" response to Nancy's line "Hey, girl, you ready to kick it?" isn't in the novel, nor is Edward's "I don't know what melodramatic means." And then there's this amusing exchange between Robert and Morgan when they're trying to shoo away the vermin from Giselle's "Happy Working Song":
Robert: Get them outside! Get rid of them! Get rid of them!
Morgan: Put them back?
Robert: Put them outside! Don't put them back!
- A rare animated example: There's a sequence in the animated opening where Giselle looks back and waves at the birds who drop the tiara on her head. This was originally not part of the scene and only came to fruition when Amy Adams did it while going through the sequence practically for animated reference. The animators thought it was such a small yet perfect Disney Princess gesture that it was inserted in.
- The Parasol of Prettiness Giselle holds in the "That's How You Know" sequence was Amy Adams's idea—she had brought it to the set because it was a bright and hot that day. The director loved it.
- The tourists pointing and laughing at Edward on the bus weren't extras, but real tourists.
- What Could Have Been:
- Enchanted was first written as an R-rated satire back in the 90s, when the Disney Renaissance was in full-swing. The first draft had Giselle getting mistaken for a stripper when she arrives in New York. Presumably after Shrek became famous as the Take That! to Disney films, the script was reworked to become a more Affectionate Parody.
- Giselle was supposed to become an official Disney Princess, but they backed out of the idea upon realizing that they would have to secure a lifetime deal with Amy Adams to use her likeness. She was also originally envisioned as a blonde, but they decided that red hair would work better. Ironic because Amy Adams is a natural blonde, but dyes her hair red.
- Several different directors were in line to direct the movie before Disney ended up with Kevin Lima. First, there was Rob Marshall who withdrew due to creative differences between him and the producers. In 2001, John Turtletaub was set to direct but ended up directing the National Treasure movies for Disney instead. Lastly, before Kevin Lima, there was Adam Shankman who was set to direct with a script that had been rewritten by Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle (who had been working for Disney on Kim Possible).