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July 24, 2006

Enchanted

Evil Queen & GiselleToday I started on one of Tippett's newest shows, Disney's Enchanted! We will be responsible for all of the VFX work, side from the traditionally drawn 2D animated portion of the film handled by Baxter Animation. Some of the work involves creatures, some furry, some feathered, some that crawl, and much, much, Much More cool and fun magical sorts of things... Production has recently returned from shooting in New York, and we welcome back our VFX Soup, Tom Schlesney! (Son of the Mask and The Shaggy Dog) I'm excited, as is the rest of the crew to be working on another of his shows. Lots more info below, read up!

Synopsis:
Giselle (Amy Adams), a beautiful princess, is banished by an evil queen (Susan Sarandon) from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on a "happily ever after" basis, Giselle is adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince (James Marsden) back home – she wonders if a storybook view of romance could survive in the real world.

Enchanted Movie Links

-Jim Hill's discussion of Enchanted history... --"Enchanted's Long Long Journey to the Big Screen" -James Baxter Animation (company creating the 2d animation portion of the show) -IMDB.Enchanted(2007) -Wikipedia.Enchanted -Enchanted Disney Informer NOTEs (all the news tid bits, and pictures!) -playbill.Enchanted (Idina Menzel to Star in Disney Movie Musical "Enchanted" by Menken and Schwartz) -Q and A with Stephen Schwartz about Enchanted
Q and A with Stephen Schwartz about Enchanted

1) What kind of animation will be used to create the fairy tale world scenes?

2-D. It is a tribute to the classic Disney look of SNOW WHITE and CINDERELLA.

2) What kinds of songs will be in the film?

As of now, it looks as if there will be six songs. I don't want to give anything away by describing them, but in some instances they have some fun with classic Disney models.

3) Has Stephen Schwartz replaced Glenn Slater as the lyricist?

No. Glenn (who is an extremely talented, smart, and witty lyricist and entirely capable of doing a brilliant job on ENCHANTED) is working with Alan on several other projects, hence the confusion. At one time, perhaps, it was discussed that he and Alan would do a song for ENCHANTED -- before it was to be a more heavily "musicalized" project -- but once Alan was brought on for the
present movie, I came with him.

Another Q and A

1) What attracted you to this project?

I have long wanted to do a live-action movie musical. ENCHANTED is a very clever concept that allows characters to sing within the world of the film, which is often difficult to achieve. Plus I thought the screenplay they sent me to read was, well, enchanting.

2) When did you learn you were going to be reunited with Alan Menken? What was it like after ten years to work with him again? Yes, I've read you both enjoy a good friendship, but has much changed after a decade long hiatus in terms of working together?

It was Alan who first told me Disney wanted me to do the project with him, so I knew at the outset. Our working relationship remains a very good one -- the fact that we are such good friends makes it very easy to collaborate, plus
of course the fact that we have high regard for one another's work.

3) Were there behind-the-scenes cameras filming you for the film's DVD? If so, does it ever feel awkward always having a camera on you when trying to work? Have you been interviewed yet for the DVD?

Not so far.

  

Posted by dschnee at July 24, 2006 8:55 PM