In “Happy Working Song”, Giselle calls in local animals to help her clean up Robert’s apartment in a fun way. However, since this is New York and not Andalazia, Giselle’s usual friendly forest fauna is replaced by rats, pigeons, and cockroaches. It can be assumed that these creatures are computer animation inserted into the frame in post-processing. Some of them are, but there are surprisingly many real, trained animals.
The Fantasy Come To Life: The Making of Enchanted mini-document sheds light on the many moving parts involved in bringing the sequence to life. “There were rats trained to sit, rats trained to run, rats trained to sniff.” Amy Adams opens up about her furry co-stars. “So they are very talented rats.” Revisiting the scene and knowing what it is valid the rodents scurrying across the floor are enough to send chills down someone’s spine.
As important as the animals were, their involvement was just the tip of the iceberg in this complex production number. In those moments when there were no real animals, Adams had to pretend that there was activity in an empty room, which sometimes required some filmmaking magic. For example, one frame required the star to be attached to a drilling rig who twirled her dress in a bizarre motion that, in the finished film, will be accompanied by computer-animated birds lifting the fabric.
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