Adams and the film’s director, Adam Shankman, set the tone by focusing on the story’s central character, Giselle. Since the plot of Disenchanted is on Giselle and her efforts to find joy again, this excerpt delves into how she moved from being a bubbly person to revealing her darker side. Shankman and Adams remark how much they enjoyed delving into Giselle’s darker side. The moral of her story is a lesson for readers, both old and new.
The same may be said for Maya Rudolph. She portrays the film’s antagonist, Monroeville queen bee Malvina Monroe, who is hellbent on making Giselle’s life a living hell. Rudolph says she originally intended to play a princess but has now realized that playing the bad guy is “very delicious.” Scenes from the film are cut together to offer the audience a better look at the antagonist, played by Rudolph, and the growing tension between her and Giselle. It appears that rather than curb Giselle’s depravity, Malvina will only fan the flames.
Lastly, the featurette keeps up the excitement by promising a film that audiences will love. There will be musical numbers in Disenchanted, much like in the first film. Rudolph predicts it will be one of the film’s most talked-about features. She also mentions Idina Menzel’s participation in the singing, which was absent from the original movie. Adams summarizes the film’s appeal by saying it will take audiences on “a great, exciting ride,” which is a perfect summation of what made Enchanted so popular.
In Disenchanted, we meet Giselle again, only this time she’s married to Robert (Patrick Dempsey). A new baby has been added to the family, and the oldest daughter, Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino), is now a teenager. Despite the picture-perfect appearance of this family, Giselle has grown tired of urban living. The family moves to Monroeville suburb, hoping to rediscover their former joy, but Malvina is determined to cause trouble for the newcomer. Since she has nowhere else to turn, Giselle seeks aid from Andalasia. When the magic backfires, it threatens both the kingdom, Monroeville, and Giselle’s happiness.
Story by David N. Weiss, Richard LaGravenese, and J. David Stem; screenplay by Brigette Hales; directed by Adam Shankman. Adams, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Barry Josephson served as producers, while Shankman, Jo Burn, and Sunil Perkash served as executive producers. Composed and scored by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. James Marsden, Jayma Mays, Yvette Nicole Brown, Oscar Nuez, Ann Harada, Michael McCorry Rose, James Monroe Iglehart, and Kolton Stewart also star.