Video: Disney’s Enchanted Matches The Little Mermaid Almost Shot-For-Shot

While looking up the original Titanic video for my battle of the movie trailers, I stumbled across this video from 2009, comparing two rather different Disney movies. Now, it’s clear that their 2007 film Enchanted is a modern Disney movie that riffs on those that come before: For one, the princess-to-be Giselle (Amy Adams) has some self-aware anxiety about getting married too soon. But you can clearly see that specific shots in the movie — both the live-action and animated portions — were directly inspired by 1989′s The Little Mermaid.

Sure, some of these are a stretch: All of the Disney princesses love their little critter friends, not just the redheaded ones. But it’s moments where Ariel and Giselle are interacting with their respective men that match up so exactly that you have to wonder if the animators watched some Little Mermaid before putting pencil to paper. Not to mention the sheepdog conspiracy!

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    • Kait

      I think the cameo by the voice of Ariel solidifies it!

      • NotThumper

        I was thinking the EXACT same thing before I scrolled down and saw your comment. ;)
        Also, LOTS of Disney movies do this, usually animated vs animated but still…

    • Kj

      Um, isn’t that the point of Enchanted? It’s supposed to be kinda self aware.

    • Chelsea

      If you watch the special features on the DVD for Enchanted, they actually have a whole segment about how they matched up scenes in the movie directly to famous Disney scenes to see if people would get it. A lot of them came from The Little Mermaid, but there were also some from Beauty and the Beast (ballroom scene), Snow White (when she faints after biting the apple), and a ton of others. So, it was actually on purpose. I think it’s really cool.

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