‘Disenchanted’ on Disney+ is a dream come true for Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown

A long 15 years after Disney’s hit enchanted movie has been released, we turn the story upside down Disillusioned (on Disney+)where the main character, Amy Adams as Giselle, channels her evil stepmother side.

When we left Giselle and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) all those years ago, they were happily married, but if Disappointed tells us that life doesn’t stop after Happily Ever After.

Giselle and Robert had a baby, Sofia, and Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) became a teenager. As time went on, their “castle in the sky” in New York City became too small.

Then Giselle saw a sign—literally—that read, “Consider moving to Monroeville. Your fairy tale begins here!”

So the family packed up to move to the suburbs.

While this should have been Giselle’s second shot at Happily Ever After, things get off to a rocky start. The suburb is home to the queen bee Malvina (Maya Rudolph) and her friends (more followers) Rosaleen (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Ruby (Jayma Mays), who make Giselle feel like a misfit.

Giselle goes back to her roots, to Andalasia, to help make this Happily Ever After dream come true, but she actually turns the whole town into a real fairyland, making her Morgan’s evil stepmother. Giselle only has a limited amount of time to try and get things back to normal.

(L-R): Yvette Nicole Brown as Rosaleen, Maya Rudolph as Malvina Monroe, Jayma Mays as Ruby in Disney's live-action DISECHANTED, exclusively on Disney+.  (Photo by Jonathan Hession)

(L-R): Yvette Nicole Brown as Rosaleen, Maya Rudolph as Malvina Monroe, Jayma Mays as Ruby in Disney’s live-action DISECHANTED, exclusively on Disney+. (Photo by Jonathan Hession)

‘Little Maya’s dream of what it’s like to play in a musical’

For the new cast members of the Enchanted/Disappointed world, like Maya Rudolph and Yvette Nicole Brown, being a part of this film was a dream come true.

“Knowing I was going to sing this [Alan] Menken and [Stephen] Schwartz’s song was really, really almost life-fulfilling, like I was training for the marathon I’d been training for all my life,” Rudolph said at a press conference ahead of the film’s release.

“We went to song rehearsal and we went to dance rehearsal, and we worked towards the day when we would record the song… This was like little Maya’s dream about what it’s like to be in a musical. This is it. This is it really.”

For Brown, she wanted to be a part of this story since her friend was cast in the original film.

“My girlfriend, Marilyn Sue [Perry]played the bus driver in the original enchanted and I remember – do you know how happy you are for someone and just feel bad in your soul because it’s not you? said Brown. “Then 15 years later, for the phone call that comes my way… I pinch myself.”

Patrick Dempsey as Robert Philip in Disney's live-action DISECHANTED, exclusively on Disney+.  (Alex Bailey)

Patrick Dempsey as Robert Philip in Disney’s live-action DISECHANTED, exclusively on Disney+. (Alex Bailey)

While Patrick Dempsey is a recurring star, we do get to see him sing this time around.

“It was a joy,” Dempsey said. “That whole process of finding your voice, working with the coach on that, learning the lyrics and the dance was an extraordinary experience and something I had never done before.”

“It was nice to be in the fairytale world for a while.”

The love and appreciation between the cast and crew is not only reflected in their interactions, but also on screen where you can feel that they had fun making this movie.

Brown also shared a sweet message to the cast and crew of Disillusionedwho supported her when her mother died during the filming of the movie.

“Everyone enveloped me in love and I felt like the hardest time of my life, there was nowhere else I would rather be than with all of you,” she said.

“I just want to take a moment to thank you again for helping me through that moment and I have no regrets about my time with you during the hardest time of my life because that was the love of this movie… I know my mom would also like to thank you all for taking care of her baby.

(L-R): Pip (voiced by Griffin Newman) and Amy Adams as Giselle in Disney's live-action DISECHANTED, exclusive to Disney+.  (Disney)

(L-R): Pip (voiced by Griffin Newman) and Amy Adams as Giselle in Disney’s live-action DISECHANTED, exclusive to Disney+. (Disney)

Spotting the fairytale characters

The best part about Disillusioned sees all references to previous Disney movies. While we won’t reveal too many secrets, the film’s director, Adam Shankman, teased a few things to keep an eye on.

“The fundamental construction, in theory, of enchanted is broadcasting all the tropes and it’s one of my favorite things about the movie and participating in it,” said Shankman. “As far as I know, it’s the first time Disney ever winked at themselves.”

“When you look around, when the city turns into a fairytale town, every sign of every store has something of a Disney nod to it, but it’s super subtle. There’s a not-so-subtle kink to it [Gabriella Baldacchino’s] solo song, actually there are many. Every shot in that song is something that’s a nod to another ‘I want’ song.”… The Magic Mirror is a replica of the Magic Mirror from Snow White. So it’s floor to ceiling, wherever you look, you could swing a cat, you’re going to hit a trope.

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