3 things we want to see in Disney’s Enchanted sequel


After 10 long years, the script for Disney’s Enchanted sequel is almost done. Hopefully it circles back to some key points.

She’s not technically a princess, but Giselle of Andalasia is a beloved Disney heroine. She was first introduced in Enchanted in 2007. Combining animation and live action, the film was a huge hit.

It wasn’t long before talks of a sequel came about. Fans wanted it, and Amy Adams wanted it just as much, if not more. Now, it seems the wait is finally over. Per Entertainment Weekly, a final script is just about ready.

According to IMDb, the early story concept for Disenchanted is:

"Ten years after her happily ever after, Giselle questions her happiness, inadvertently turning the lives of those in the real world and Andalasia upside down in the process."

Of course, Giselle isn’t the only one rewarded with a happy ending in Enchanted. Let’s review where we left everyone:

At such an early stage, specific details on Disenchanted are scarce. But director Adam Shankman has promised new music and animation. Most importantly, he says the story will retain most of its core.

It’s a reassuring start. But there are some other important aspects that will hopefully get attention — particularly in regards to its female leads.

Giselle’s Business

In those final minutes of Enchanted, we see that Giselle is adjusting to the real world pretty well. So well, in fact, that she’s heading up a business. With her trusty mice helpers (and a few humans) Giselle is running Andalasia Fashions, making dresses for young ladies.

Admittedly, the initial funding probably came from Robert — Giselle is very new to New York, and he’s a successful divorce lawyer. Even Disney is practical. But with her designs, and the huge crowd of girls in the shop, it seems she’s sustaining her success all on her own.

Disney’s latest heroines have been increasingly headstrong, from fighting for a resistance to making waves in a poor, provincial town. With Disenchanted, Disney has the opportunity to give fans an everyday, every-woman lead.

The sequel is reported to be set 10 years after the events of Enchanted. A lot can happen in a decade. Did Giselle take things international? Maybe Andalasia Fashion Week is the event of the season.

Seeing Giselle strive and find happiness in her work would bring Disney’s classic “happily ever after” into the modern age. And honestly, just imagine a business meeting song with Giselle.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 08: Actor Idina Menzel of ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ at the U.S. Premiere of Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ at the El Capitan Theatre on November 8, 2017, in Hollywood, California. ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ featurette opens in front of Disney-Pixar’s original feature “Coco” for a limited time. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Queen Nancy

There are plenty of Disney Princesses, but not too many Disney Queens. Idina Menzel is part of that exclusive club thanks to Frozen, but let’s not forget her first domain.

When Edward realized he lost Giselle to Robert, it was sad … for maybe two minutes. But Edward’s rebound game is quick. With a quick nod to Cinderella, he placed Giselle’s shoe on Nancy’s foot — a perfect fit (because of course more than one woman in the kingdom was that size). Together, they jumped into the manhole and lived happily ever after.

And, with Narissa out of the way, the throne fell to Edward and his new wife — Queen Nancy. So yes, in the Disney universe, Idina Menzel is twice a queen.

Odds are pretty good that Disenchanted will return to Andalasia — according to EW, director Adam Shankman has promised “the same amount of animation as the first film” — to see how the kingdom, and its monarchs, are doing.

In the first film, Giselle and Nancy really only interacted twice. In both instances they didn’t really talk; they were just tools to make the other woman jealous. It’s a common trope.

But movies are starting to avoid that, and Disenchanted offers an easy tie between Nancy and Giselle. It’s not completely outrageous to hope they leaned on each other for helped in each other’s realm, right?

NEW YORK – MARCH 8: Actress Rachel Covey attends a Q&A during the NYICFF director’s workshop of Enchanted at Symphony Space on March 8, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Henry/Getty Images)

Teenage Morgan

One of the best parts of Enchanted was the immediate bond between Giselle and Morgan, Robert’s precocious young daughter.

Morgan was eager to help Giselle in the strange world of New York, especially when it came to the proper time to use an emergency credit card. The two became near inseparable, making Robert’s relationship with Giselle that much easier.

In the first film, Morgan was just six years old. In Disenchanted, she’ll be 16, opening a whole new character dynamic. There’s always the hope that Morgan and Giselle became the next Rory and Lorelai Gilmore.

Then again, it’s possible that Morgan hit her rebellious teen phase. It’d be an interesting angle, provided it’s not the stereotypical approach.

The main question is who would play the teen? Rachel Covey originated the character, but it seems she left Hollywood after that. Since Enchanted, Covey has only had one project: a single episode of What Would You Do? on ABC in 2016.

Writing Morgan out entirely seems unlikely, but is unfortunately possible.

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Disney did right by Giselle the first time around. Her growth from naive almost-princess to a full formed person was importantly and deftly done. Hopefully the sequel treats the ladies just as well.