Details Revealed for Disney’s New Movie ‘Encanto’
New details revealed…Disney’s Encanto will have everyone focused on the family. The movie centers around the Madrigal family in Encanto, located in the Columbian mountains.
The Focus of the Movie
Each member of the Madrigal family has magical powers at a very young age, except Mirabel. Therefore, she must figure out how she fits in her family, a very familiar question for many people.
Co-director, Charise Castro Smith, said, “It started out really personal.” Directors Jared Bush and Byron Howard started by researching their own families.
Howard said, “I think this is the first time that we’ve really tried to handle a large, extended family. We have about a dozen principle characters who are very, very important to the story.”
In fact, this large family made creating the movie very challenging, but there was a committed team from the beginning, according to the revealed details. The big question of Encanto is, “Do I really see my family for who they are?”
Introducing the Characters
First, Mirabel is “imperfect and weird and quirky, but also deeply emotional and incredibly empathetic,” according to Jared Bush. Actress Stephanie Beatriz does a great performance as Mirabel.
Additionally, Diane Guererro plays Isabel. Isabel is Mirabel’s older sister, and she “…is smart and brilliant and so perfect that flowers bloom in her footsteps. Therefore, anything she attempts to do is a success, which is the opposite of what Mirabel experiences…” said Bryon Howard.
Luisa, performed by Jessica Darrow, is Mirabel’s other sister. Bush joked that she has “the biggest biceps in Disney history!” However, “she’s the one that Mirabel relies on,” stated Bush.
Pepa and Felix, played by Carolina Gaitan and Mauro Castillo, are Mirabel’s aunt and uncle. Bush said Pepa is, “overly dramatic, overly emotional and, for better or worse, her magical gift is that her emotions control the weather…and her husband, he’s just there to have a good time!”
Also, singer-actress, Adassa, performs as Dolores. Dolores is Pepa and Felix’s daughter, and “She’s the one who’s a little bit quiet, but also knows everyone’s dirt,” according to Castro Smith.
In addition, Rhenzy Feliz plays Camilo, “a teen who doesn’t quite know who they are yet and are trying on a lot of different personas,” said Smith. Also, his unique power is shape-shifting.
Finally, Antonio, played by Ravi Cabot-Conyers, is Mirabel’s youngest cousin. So, Jared Bush says that Antonio and Mirabel, “…have this really, really sweet, amazing relationship.”
The Role of Columbia
Accordingly, Encanto is a definitive Latin American Disney musical; therefore, it is set in Columbia. Hence, Bryon Howard said, “It was the home of magical realism, which we love and really influenced the storytelling…Columbia is the crossroads of music, culture, and ethnicity.”
Also, in order to pay homage to Columbia, Bush noted that “every frame has something for people to find.” This includes textiles, tiny mannerisms, terms of endearment, and phrases just for Columbians.
Miranda (from Hamilton) wrote several new songs for Encanto, and Germaine Franco (from Coco) wrote the score. Additionally, more details revealed two entirely Spanish songs, and all songs have a variety of styles and music.
The Main Message
Accordingly, the new details revealed for Disney’s Encanto shows family as the primary message. It focuses on the celebration of diversity, especially in the family unit. Therefore, Howard stated, “Everyone fulfills a purpose in this family and that’s one of the beautiful things you discover in the film.”
Encanto comes to theaters on November 24, 2021.
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