One of the most enjoyable movies I’ve ever encountered is a Disney gem called Enchanted. In it, an animated Disney princess named Giselle is banished by an evil stepmother to a place “where there are no happily-ever-afters.” She is sent, in fact, to real-world New York and crash lands into the life of single father Robert, who happens to be a divorce attorney.
This movie is Disney’s playful love letter to the musical Disney princess genre and includes some fantastic genre-aware humor, including my favorite moment where Giselle explains to Robert that it’s important for him to express his love, so that his true love knows that he loves her. Giselle, of course, explains this by breaking into song.
Robert, initially annoyed, becomes increasingly flabbergasted as random people around him pick up the melody as if everyone has managed multiple rehearsals beforehand. By the end of
(*Production number available below)the song, he is resigned and amused to be in the middle of a full-blown musical number.
Genre-aware humor is one of my favorite aspects of a good parody movie, but being genre-aware in real life is more like being stuck in an anxiety loop.