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Ella Enchanted [2004] (1 disc)

Director:Tommy O'Haver
Writer:Jennifer Heath
Karen McCullah
Kirsten Smith
Laurie Craig
Michele J. Wolff
Composer:Nick Glennie-Smith
Length:96 minutes
(1 hour 36 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:50%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new stepfamily in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she's falling.

Reaction: Cute and charming, though at times a bit more lifeless than it should be.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Tommy O'Haver => Director
Jennifer Heath => Writer
Karen McCullah => Writer
Kirsten Smith => Writer
Laurie Craig => Writer
Michele J. Wolff => Writer
Nick Glennie-Smith => Composer
Gail Carson Levine => Book
Aidan McArdle => Slannen (as Aidan Mcardle)
Anne Hathaway => Ella
Cary Elwes => Edgar
Daniel Naprous => Ogre No. 3
Donna Dent => Ella's Mother
Eric Idle => Narrator
Heidi Klum => Brumhilda
Hugh Dancy => Char
Jennifer Higham => Olive
Jim Carter => Nish
Jimi Mistry => Benny
Joanna Lumley => Dame Olga
Lucy Punch => Hattie
Minnie Driver => Mandy
Parminder Nagra => Areida
Rory Keenan => Otto
Steve Coogan => Heston (voice)
Vivica A. Fox => Lucinda

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The shoes that Ella has to steal in the mall scene, were really made of glass, there were two pairs made, and through filming, Anne Hathaway unfortunately broke both pairs.
  • Lucy Punch also plays the wicked stepsister, Lucinda, in Into the Woods (2014), but that time with Cinderella, rather than Ella.
  • The are a few notable differences from the movie adaptation and the book. One difference in the book, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, there is not an evil uncle Edgar character seeking to take the throne from Prince Charmont, but in the movie he is played by Cary Elwes.
  • Not to be confused with Amy Adams' Enchanted (2007) which came out 3 years after this was released.
  • The actor Aidan McArdle who.plays the elf who wants to be a lawyer is the cousin of Steve Coogan who voices the snake in the movie.
  • The actors that portrayed the ogres, Jim Carter, [?] Paraic Breathnach, and Daniel Naprous, were told that it would only take two hours to get into make-up and costume, when in fact, it took four to six hours.
  • The woman who appears during the ending number carrying Edgar in a cart is Anne Hathaway's cousin Meridith.
  • Overcast skies in Ireland were digitized a brilliant blue to create more of a fairytale atmosphere.
  • Anne Hathaway sang her own songs in the movie.
  • During the fight scene with the ogres, a horse fell on stuntman [?] Rob Inch, shattering his pelvis in thirty places.
  • The first song Ella sings, {"Somebody to Love"} was not the original song choice. Tommy O'Haver had discovered that Anne Hathaway didn't have very good chemistry with their first choice, a more classical "fairy-tale" song. O'Haver and Hathaway were relaxing when she starting singing along and dancing to the song that was currently playing: Queen's {"Somebody to Love"}. They both decided that "this was it".