Once upon a time 2: have you noticed all these nods to Disney classics?

Available on Disney+, Once Upon a Time 2 follows the 2007 film featuring the misadventures of Princess Giselle. Like the 1st opus, this one multiplies the references to great classics of the genre. Spotlight on these winks!

If you loved meeting the dreamy and benevolent Princess Giselle in Once Upon a Time, you will be delighted to find her in the sequel to the romantic comedy available on Disney+. 15 years after the events of the 1st opus, this heroine like no other, still played by Amy Adams, changes scenery: direction the residential district of Monroeville in Once upon a time 2!

Unfortunately, everything is not going to go as planned for this mother accustomed to a real fairy tale life. Just like the 1st film, this feature film has fun linking references to Disney classics, such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

“The original concept of Once Upon a Time was to parody all of these tropes. It’s one of my favorite things about this movie, and being involved in its sequel, because to my knowledge, it’s the first time that Disney has given nods to its own work. confided in a press conference the director Adam Shankman, who takes over from Kevin Lima on this 2nd part.

Often obvious, sometimes much more subtle, here are some of the references not to be missed in Once Upon a Time 2. Be careful, it is better to have seen the film to avoid spoilers!

THE WICKED STEPMOM

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It’s a great classic of the genre: while she dreams of a life in a fairy tale, Giselle gradually becomes… a wicked stepmother. Diabolical, vain, cruel and ambitious, “Amy turns into many Disney villains,” explains Adam Shankman. Like the stepmother in Cinderella and the Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, she begins to attack her stepdaughter Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino).

LUCIFER (CINDERELLA)


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Particularly talkative, the squirrel Pip also lands in the real world in Once Upon a Time, but unfortunately speechless. The adorable companion of Giselle, however, would certainly have done without the wish of the princess which offers him the possibility of speaking, but also transforms him into a cat. And not just any feline… since he looks very much like Lucifer, the stepmother’s malevolent twink in Cinderella.

I WAS LIVING A DREAM (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST)

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With the big musical number I was living a dream (A Fairytale Life) interpreted by Amy Adams, Gabriella Baldacchino and Patrick Dempsey, Once upon a time 2 offers us a sequence as catchy and joyful as the unforgettable song Hello sung by Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

The inhabitants of Monrolasia also take up in chorus the words “It’s party, it’s party!” of the hit of the same name by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. The latter is indeed the composer of the feature film by Adam Shankman, accompanied by lyricist Stephen Schwartz!

STORE WINDOWS

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“If you look closely, when the city transforms into a fairytale town, each sign is a nod to a Disney artwork,” rejoices the director. Bibidi Bobidi Butchers in reference to the song of the Fairy Godmother, Smee’s Cheese in honor of Monsieur Mouche in Peter Pan, A Whole Food World for foodie Aladdin fans, Beauty and the Book and so many others… It’s up to you!

THE MAGIC MIRROR (SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS)

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Mirror, my beautiful mirror… If there is one resident of Monrolasia who should not be thrilled with the fate that Giselle’s wish has in store for him, it is Edgar (Oscar Nuñez), the owner of the local café. This one is indeed locked in the mirror of his establishment and must answer the questions of Malvina (Maya Rudolph). “The magic mirror is a replica of the one in Snow White,” comments Adam Shankman. On closer inspection, the object is indeed almost identical!

SOPHIA’S CRADLE (SLEEPING BEAUTY)

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In the same way as Princess Aurora’s cradle in Sleeping Beauty, that of Sophia, Giselle and Robert’s daughter, is decorated with a superb royal canopy. Not to mention the three workers hired as good fairies to watch over the child!

MORGAN’S DRESS (CINDERELLA)

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Among the many, many Cinderella references that round out the tale of Once Upon a Time 2 is also Morgan’s ballgown torn to shreds by her stepmother.

JAVOTTE AND ANASTASIE (CINDERELLA)

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A shock duo, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jayma Mays play Rosaleen and Ruby, Malvina’s two friends and sidekicks. True echoes of the characters of Javotte and Anastasie, Adam Shankman went even further to underline this resemblance: “Jayma and Yvette’s ball gowns are exactly the same as Cinderella’s stepsisters!”.

MORGAN’S Escape (RAPUNZEL)

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Locked in the highest tower of the house, Morgan is forced to flee to go to the ball, like Rapunzel before her to go on an adventure. In a style similar to the famous princess with very long hair, the young girl therefore leaves the room using a rope made from pieces of sheets tied together. Ingenious!

THE BALL DECOR (THE LITTLE MERMAID & BEAUTY AND THE BEAST)

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The ball scene is also full of many references. From Tyson Monroe (Kolton Stewart) dressed in a white jacket like Cinderella’s Prince Charming to the statue of The Little Mermaid at the top of the fountain, we are immersed in a real fairy tale. The statues that decorate the room are a nod to Beauty and the Beast!

If you missed some of these details or if you want to find others at the bend of a new viewing, the film Once Upon a Time 2 is available on the Disney + platform.

Once upon a time 2: have you noticed all these nods to Disney classics?