A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess who is sent to our world by an evil queen. Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer. Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 7.3/10 (74,786 voted)
Critic's Score: 75/100
Stars: Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden
The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen 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 now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?
Pip in Andalasia
Pip in New York
Emma Rose Lima
Sunglass Street Vendor
This fairytale princess is about to meet a real Prince Charming.
Release Date: 21 November 2007
Filming Locations: 875 Third Avenue, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $34,440,317
(24 November 2007)
Did You Know?
The actresses who provided the voices for three previous animated Disney princesses make appearances in the film: Jodi Benson ('Ariel' in
The Little Mermaid), Paige O'Hara ('Belle' in
Beauty and the Beast), and Judy Kuhn (
Pocahontas). Also, Julie Andrews, who starred as the title character in Disney's live-action
Mary Poppins, provides her voice here as the Narrator.
When Robert is taking Giselle out of the office building he presses the Up button on the elevator.
Once upon a time, in a magical kingdom known as Andalasia, there lived an evil queen. Selfish and cruel, she lived in fear that one day her stepson would marry and she would lose her throne forever. And so she did all in her power to prevent the prince from ever meeting the one special maiden with whom he would share true love's kiss.
The movie is quite simply, the best Family movie in the past few years.
From the beginning, the movie sucks you in with narration from a Disney
Legend. You fall in love with the characters right away and it's quite
simply a return to the greatness that Disney can deliver. The cast led
by Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Timothy Spall
(Wormtail from the Harry Potter movies who gives an inspired
Oscar-worthy performance) is impeccable. Rounding out the cast is Susan
Sarandon who is part Evil Queen, part Maleficent and pure EVIL and the
adorable Rachel Covey who is the perfect "mini-princess" for Giselle to
play off of. The music by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken (in a return
to brilliance) is terrific. The original songs are the best to come out
of Disney since The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The story, quite simply is
part fish-out-of-water, part romantic comedy, part animated and all
fun. The live-action portion of the movie feels like your watching
animation. The way that Giselle infects those around her with her
innocent "Princess-esque" demeanor is really at the heart of what makes
the movie so great. Of course, it wouldn't be Disney without a few
scene-stealing animals who don't take over the movie and really are
what they are meant to be, supporting characters. There are a few nods
to the past as well. I won't share them here, but let's just say they
are subtle enough not to be distracting, but still there enough to
bring a smile to your face. The violence in the movie is nothing more
than what you would see in any other PG family movie, and really aside
from being live-action, isn't anything you wouldn't see in movies such
as Sleeping Beauty or Snow White.