One of my favourite movies is the 2007 Disney film Enchanted. It’s a clever homage/parody of the classic Disney Princess films. It uses a mixture of animation and live action. What makes it such a wonderful parody is the fact the cute songs are written by Oscar winner and Disney stalwart Alan Menken!
The main character is Giselle (Amy Adams), a peasant girl living in Fairy Tale Land (as a cartoon!) who it seems is destined to marry her one true love, the handsome prince Edward (James Marsden). Unfortunately for her, Edward’s wicked stepmother (Susan Sarandon) tricks her into falling through a portal into real life New York! Where the characters are not simpering naive cartoons, but hardened live action New Yorkers.
Giselle meets McDreamy, ahem I mean Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and he takes her in – for one night only! In the morning she awakes and is horrified to see the state of his apartment so decides to clean it up in true Disney style with the help of some little animal helpers (although New York animals aren’t quite as clean and fluffy as those in Fairytale Land) and of course a Happy Working Song!
So this term we’re going to be singing Giselle’s chirpy and sweet Happy Working Song! If you fancy singing with us then we meet on Mondays at 7:30pm at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester WR4 0DZ. Give me a call on 01905 747827.
Here’s Amy Adams as Giselle to show us how it’s done!