Kevin Lima (2007)

PG Certificate


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After a disappointing third instalment of the Shrek franchise (known for poking fun at Disney), it seems the studio may have had the last laugh with this romantic fantasy. Amy Adams (Julie & Julia) plays Giselle, who in the brief animated first segment is searching for her prince, and finds him in the form of Edward (James Marsden). But he has a wicked stepmother (Susan Sarandon) who has no intention of giving up her privileged place in the kingdom in favour of her future daughter-in-law, so (as animation gives way to live action) transports Giselle to a spot where there are no happy endings - New York, of course. So begins this sweet and funny tale of a fish out of water in the Big Apple. Complete with an eye-popping production number in Central Park, sly digs at every established fairy-tale cliché (from Little Red Riding Hood to Snow White) and a witty script, this certainly boasts a wide-ranging appeal. If anything, the crash-bang-wallop CGI ending is rather overblown, but thankfully it's the simple charm and humour of the tale that lingers in the memory.


An eternally cheerful fairy-tale princess is magically transported from her cartoon world to the grim reality of present-day New York - where happy endings are far from guaranteed. Luckily, a lawyer and his daughter come to her aid and romance blossoms. Part-animated fantasy comedy spoofing Disney movies, starring Amy Adams, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon.

Cast & Crew

Giselle Amy Adams
Robert Philip Patrick Dempsey
Prince Edward James Marsden
Nathaniel Timothy Spall
Nancy Tremaine Idina Menzel
Morgan Philip Rachel Covey
Queen Narissa Susan Sarandon
Narrator Julie Andrews
Director Kevin Lima
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Dec 2007
Comedy Drama Children's