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Fairy tales return to the modern world in "Disenchanted"

Another of Disney's surprises at the D23 Expo was "Disenchanted", a sequel to the film starring Amy Adams 15 years ago. We tell you what we know so far and how it is that these fairy tales are still valid today.

Frame from the movie 'Disenchanted'

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LatinAmerican Post | Yolanda González Madrid

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The magic of Disney continues to do its thing and the D23 Expo reaffirmed the illusion in adults and children with its novelties. Between adaptations of animated classics and sequels to other great films, " Disenchanted" appears as one of the most anticipated options of the year and promises to be a success by betting on the nostalgia of its predecessor. What kind of fairy tale will we see next November 24 on Disney +?

For those who still do not know what it is about, this project directed by Adam Shankman is the continuation of "Enchanted", a 2007 children's film that grossed more than $300 million at the box office and was directed by director Kevin Lima. The plot connects the romantic comedy of modern life with fairy tales, something that achieved a perfect balance between parody and homage to classic Disney stories. It could be said, then, that its excellent reception in the audience came from there.

The story of Giselle (Amy Adams) and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) travels between optimism and skepticism. On the one hand, she comes from an animated world called Andalasia and dreams of marrying a prince. Her friends are forest animals with whom she talks. On the other hand, he is a single father from New York who does not believe in fairy tales and therefore tries to instill other teachings in his daughter. However, in the end, they both end up meeting and changing their positions to live "happily ever after".

"Disenchanted" takes place 15 years after those events. The protagonists live happily as a family and move to a community on the outskirts of the city. Settling into her new home, problems begin to arise and Giselle turns to magic for help, wishing her life was like a fairy tale. However, since the spell doesn't go perfectly, she must fix everything before it's too late.

Apparently in the trailer, released at the D23 Expo, the plot will once again have that magic touch in the real world, but with the addition of an unexpected twist. Giselle wants a life like in fairy tales, and as everyone knows, in those tales the stepmothers are villains. So, in this story we will have to see how this whole situation is resolved, if the protagonist will have the same fate as all the stepmothers in the stories, or if, on the contrary, there will be another happy ending.

One of the details that generated the most expectations in the fans was regarding the cast. And it is that "Disenchanted" will be made up of the same protagonists of the prequel: Amy Adams (Giselle), Patrick Dempsey (Robert), James Marsden (Prince Edward) and Idina Menzel (Nancy). Along with them will also appear Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays and Gabriella Baldacchino.

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Why Are Fairy Tales Still a Hit Today?

Possibly, many will think that in the middle of 2022 it is absurd to continue thinking or believing in fairy tales. The reality is that these fabulous stories have come from different parts of the world for centuries, with the small detail that Disney globalized them and adapted them in their own way. Our childhood has been marked by these stories and this will continue to happen with future generations, because through them, we are learning certain moral behaviors.

Although the structure of fairy tales is often repetitive, the formula of these stories has something of appeal. Perhaps the old fashion of the moral at the end is being left behind, but this is not the only function of fairy tales. These stories also describe the dangers and terrors that lie in wait for us, both without and within. In fact, looking through that mirror can be a way for adults and children to leave their villages or castles and thus have the courage to overcome the shadows of evil.

Given this, Disney has done a good job adapting and updating these types of stories. Over the years, the animated studio has also been able to invent its own fairy tales, because in the end it all comes down to adjusting to current times and a generation that sees much further.

Precisely, "Disenchanted" is very close to what could be a fairy tale in real life. We all seek that "forever" happiness, but that is almost impossible to achieve if certain obstacles are not overcome, even if we ourselves are the villains of the story. Hence, the importance of continuing to listen to them today, it's never too late for something fancy.