It makes sense that Disney+’s Disenchanted is full of Easter eggs and references to other Disney movies. Disenchanted is Disney’s sequel to the 2007 live-action fairy tale Enchanted, which follows an animated princess after she’s been kicked out into the real world and finds her happily ever after. From start to finish, Disenchanted is packed with whimsical references to many iconic fairy tale tropes, but the film goes out of its way to include specific nods to Disney’s versions of the stories that viewers might have missed.
Like Enchanted, Disenchanted plays on Disney’s fairy tale tropes, some of which have been used for decades. A mixture of live action and animation, the films blend fairy tale ideas with real world reality. Not only do many Disney fairy tale tropes continue to appear in Giselle’s life, but direct references to other Disney films occur both in and out of the “real world”.
Start as a storybook
Much like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, Robin Hood, etc., Disenchanted is “read” from a storybook. In its opening scene, the chipmunk Pip reads the story from the first film to his two children. After finishing the book, he informs them that there is more to the story and pulls out a second storybook which contains the sequel story.
sing with animals
While all of the Disney Princesses seem to have a connection to animals and nature, some of them have the ability to go deeper, seemingly able to communicate with them even if the animals don’t actually speak. Giselle’s ability to sing and talk to all the animals in her vicinity follows the pattern set by Disney’s oldest princess films: Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty all feature scenes that feature their heroines communicating with birds, mice and all kinds of animals. other animals. Sometimes the animals in the Disney movies even assist the princesses with their chores or offer them companionship and comfort.
The three good fairies
In their red, green and blue outfits, the three gardeners at work when Giselle’s family moves in are costumed to look like the three good fairies from Sleeping Beauty. They even offer to babysit and mention that they are especially good at “nap time”. This refers to the fact that in Sleeping Beauty, after Maleficent’s curse, the three good fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather raise Aurora for 16 years, protecting her until the princess is reunited with her parents. The parallel solidifies when Giselle’s spell kicks in and gives them real fairy wings.
Sensitive household appliances
Normal objects that speak and function on their own are a clear reference to Beauty and the Beast. In this film, the devices are all servants who have been cursed, which begs the question: were these new additions to Giselle’s house once her neighbors?
“Be our guest”
As the people of New Monroelasia sing of their magical daily lives, one of the lyrics they sing is “Be our guest!” This is a reference to the famous song from Beauty and the Beast, a movie that features many Broadway-like musical numbers.
“Wicked stepmothers have cats”
When Pip transforms from a chipmunk into a cat, Giselle makes the comment that stepmothers have cats instead of sweet animal companions like Disney princesses. The most prolific villainous stepmother in Disney’s library, Lady Tremaine from Cinderella, had a pet cat who was just as mean as her mistress. He was even called Lucifer!
Few fairy tales are complete without a midnight deadline, and Disenchanted is no exception. Cinderella might be the most iconic use of the clock tower chimes as a countdown device.
Morgan’s “Ariel” Pose
At the end of her song “Perfect,” during which she sings about her desire to be her own person, Morgan bends over a pile of boxes as a townswoman splashes a bucket of water behind her. The visual effect of this pose in front of the water is reminiscent of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Along with numerous movie posters, Ariel (Disney’s only non-human princess) is also featured in this pose after singing “Part of Your World,” where she expresses similar desires to what Morgan wishes: to feel at odds with the world around him.
Villains song visuals
During the joint song that Giselle and Malvina sing together, Malvina digs through her cupboards to find a way to get rid of her new rival. Among them are several familiar instruments used by Disney villains to get rid of princesses. A spinning wheel can be seen in the background in reference to the sleeping curse in Sleeping Beauty. As she opens the cupboards, eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed a rose in a display case, a bottle labeled “drink me” and a poison apple (references to Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland Marvels and Snow White respectively) before Malvina decides on a sleeping potion.
Morgan’s clothing transformation
When Morgan’s tattered dress is transformed into a beautiful ballgown, the animation mimics the exact transformation that takes place in Cinderella. In Cinderella’s case, it’s what she needs to be able to attend a royal ball, but Morgan’s transformation was a pleasant byproduct of greater magic working to restore order to the world through Giselle’s wishing tree.
Let it go?
During her song about the power of love and memories, Nancy sings “let it grow, let it shine” in regards to the memories in question. Not only is it a lyrical reference to Frozen’s famous song, Let It Go, but the vocals might also sound familiar. Nancy is played by Idina Menzel, who also lent her vocal talents to Elsa.
fairy tale outfits
No fairy tale movie is complete without iconic dresses, and Disney’s are no exception. Throughout Monroelasia, the fairy tale version of Giselle de Monroeville, the characters are designed to mirror their counterparts as they appeared in the Disney films. After making her wish, Giselle wears a flowing blue and pink nightgown, resembling Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. Morgan’s casual dress is very similar to the rags that Disney’s original abused stepdaughter, Snow White, wears at the start of her film. Tyson, as Prince Charming, is inspired by the princes of Snow White and Cinderella. Malvina’s two “minions”, Ruby and Rosaleen, attend the festival looking a lot like Cinderella’s two ugly half-sisters, Anastasia and Drusilla.