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Enchanted

The beautiful princess Giselle is banished from her animated, magical, musical land Andalasia, by the evil Queen (Narissa) who sends her down a wishing well and she emerges to find 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, Robert Philip, who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale Prince (Edward) back home – she has to wonder and she’ll soon discover that love in the real world isn’t always as easy as sharing a single “True Love’s Kiss” – and that she’ll need courage, spunk and maybe just a little enchantment if she’s ever going to find her own happily-ever-after.

 

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(L-R) Kevin Lima, Patrick Dempsey and Alan

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Alan's Thoughts

Just when I thought my career at Disney Animation was over, along came this perfect conceit for a combination animation / live-action musical. The idea of an animated ingénue finding herself in modern-day New York City was a perfect way to resurrect musical styles from all the Disney eras in one score. Of course, I was already the poster boy for one of those eras and years were spent trying to find other writers to do their “Alan Menken” pastiche. That made it so satisfying when Kevin Lima met with me and asked if I would write this score.