Encanto (2021)

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Encanto (2021)

A young Colombian girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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Release Date2021-11-25
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GenreAnimation, Adventure, Comedy
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyWalt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
CountryUSA, Colombia
LanguageEnglish

Encanto (film)

Encanto is a 2021 American computer-animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The 60th film produced by the studio, it is directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed by Charise Castro Smith, and produced by Clark Spencer and Yvett Merino, with original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film stars the voices of Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, María Cecilia Botero, Diane Guerrero, Jessica Darrow, Angie Cepeda, and Wilmer Valderrama.

Encanto premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on November 3, 2021, and was theatrically released in the United States and United Kingdom on November 24, 2021, in 2D, RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and 4DX formats. The film received positive reviews from critics and has grossed $7 million worldwide.


Plot

While escaping her home from conquerors, a young woman named Alma Madrigal loses her husband Pedro but saves her three infant children Julieta, Pepa, and Bruno. In an "Encanto", a candle Alma held onto is enchanted and creates a sentient "Casita" for the Madrigals to live in.

A village grows thanks to the Casita, which protects the village, and the magic imbues the Madrigal family—for which Alma becomes better known as "Abuela"—with special "gifts", or superhuman abilities. It is around the nature of the magic's involvement with gifts, however, that Julieta's youngest daughter Mirabel becomes excluded: Bruno and his gift of precognition are vilified due to the unpredictable nature of Bruno's visions and everyone's inability to properly understand each vision's relation to the future; while Mirabel, despite not being as ostracized, does not get a gift at all. On the day Antonio, Pepa's youngest son, is to receive a gift, Mirabel still gives the former the courage to go through with the ceremony. Antonio gets the ability to speak with animals and the whole town celebrates while Mirabel, though happy for him, remains saddened for lack of her own gift.

That night, Mirabel suddenly sees cracks forming around the Casita and the candles starting to flicker; but when Mirabel tries to warn everyone, she finds everything seemingly normal. Mirabel later learns that Abuela does indeed believe her and decides to save the magic of the Casita. After asking Pepa's daughter and oldest child Dolores, who has enhanced hearing, Mirabel confronts her older sister Luisa, who has super strength, and gets her to confess that she feels overburdened by the family. Luisa reveals she felt weaker upon seeing the cracks before suggesting to Mirabel that Bruno's room may hold some clues to the mysterious tremors.

Despite being warned against entering the room while getting advice about doing so, Mirabel finds that it is a giant sand-filled cave before discovering jade-like pieces that constitute a thick stonish glass, which—when repaired—contains a vision supposedly showing her being the cause of the Casita falling apart. After Mirabel leaves, Luisa reveals that her strength is fading and Abuela tells Mirabel not to talk to anyone especially since the latter's oldest sister Isabela, who can control plants and particularly make flowers appear, is to get engaged to Mariano, a local man.

During dinner, Dolores overhears Mirabel talking with her father about Bruno's vision. The dinner and proposal are ruined as the Casita once again forms cracks and everyone's powers begin to falter, leading to Isabela berating Mirabel despite the latter denying her involvement in the cataclysm. Mirabel discovers a hidden passage in the walls where she finds Bruno, fearful for his family. Mirabel convinces him to make predictions again, and with Antonio's help Bruno manages to create another slab of glass, which contains a vision that suggests the solution involves Mirabel having to hug with Isabela.

Mirabel goes to apologize but instead learns that not only does Isabela feel burdened by being perfect, but that she did not want to marry Mariano in the first place. This causes her to make more exotic plants and both sisters make up, seemingly fixing the house. However, Abuela discovers what has been happening and turns against Mirabel, blaming her for hurting the family and causing destruction to the Casita. Having had enough, Mirabel lashes out at Abuela, accusing her of seeing her as a disappointment and being the true cause of the magic disappearing as a result of the constant pressure Abuela puts on the family. As a result, the Casita is destroyed, leaving the Madrigals devastated and homeless.

Heartbroken by the recent events, Mirabel runs away to the river where Pedro perished as a remorseful Abuela finds her. Abuela finally admits that everything was indeed her fault as, given that she did not ever get a gift either, the magic her family had made her forget what truly made everyone special—that they were a family to begin with. Both Mirabel and Abuela reconcile and, with Bruno in tow, reunite the Madrigals to fix the Casita with the entire village pitching in to help; once Mirabel adds the last doorknob, the Casita springs back to life and the magic returns.


Voice cast

  • Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel Madrigal, the protagonist, who, unlike her family, does not have a special gift and is described as "imperfect, weird, and quirky, but also deeply emotional and incredibly empathetic". Noemi Josefina Flores as Young Mirabel
  • Noemi Josefina Flores as Young Mirabel
  • John Leguizamo as Bruno Madrigal, Mirabel's excluded uncle who has the ability to see the future.
  • María Cecilia Botero as Abuela Alma Madrigal, Mirabel's grandmother. Botero reprised her role in the Spanish-language dubbing of the movie. Olga Merediz provides Alma's singing voice.
  • Botero reprised her role in the Spanish-language dubbing of the movie.
  • Olga Merediz provides Alma's singing voice.
  • Diane Guerrero as Isabela Madrigal, Mirabel's oldest sister who is considered "perfect" and "a success". She can make flowers bloom everywhere.
  • Jessica Darrow as Luisa Madrigal, Mirabel's second oldest sister who has the "biggest biceps in Disney history" and " all the burdens and never". She has superhuman strength.
  • Angie Cepeda as Julieta Madrigal, Mirabel's mother and Agustín's wife who can heal others with her cooking. Cepeda reprised her role in the Spanish and Italian-language dubbings of the movie.
  • Cepeda reprised her role in the Spanish and Italian-language dubbings of the movie.
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Agustín Madrigal, Mirabel's father and Julieta's husband.
  • Carolina Gaitán as Pepa Madrigal, Mirabel's aunt and Félix's wife who is "overly emotional". She can control the weather. Gaitán reprised her role in the Spanish-language dubbing of the movie.
  • Gaitán reprised her role in the Spanish-language dubbing of the movie.
  • Mauro Castillo as Félix Madrigal, Mirabel's uncle and Pepa's husband who balances her out and is "there to have a good time". Castillo reprised his role in the Spanish-language dubbing of the movie.
  • Castillo reprised his role in the Spanish-language dubbing of the movie.
  • Adassa as Dolores Madrigal, Pepa and Félix's oldest daughter, Camilo and Antonio's sister, and Mirabel's cousin. She "knows everyone's dirt" via enhanced hearing.
  • Rhenzy Feliz as Camilo Madrigal, Pepa and Félix's son, Dolores and Antonio's brother, and Mirabel's cousin who "doesn't quite know who he is yet" and has the ability to shape-shift.
  • Ravi-Cabot Conyers as Antonio Madrigal, Pepa and Félix's youngest son, Dolores and Camilo's brother, and Mirabel's cousin who looks up to her and considers her a big sister. He can speak to animals.
  • Maluma as Mariano Guzman, Isabela's suave and handsome fiancé. Maluma reprised his role in the Spanish-language dubbing of the movie.
  • Maluma reprised his role in the Spanish-language dubbing of the movie.
  • Alan Tudyk as Pico, a clueless toucan.

Production

Development

In November 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed that John Lasseter, the then-chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, had presented an idea for an animated project to himself and Byron Howard, while promoting his previous collaboration with the studio, 2016's Moana. Miranda said work on the project had begun but was at an early stage.

On January 29, 2020, it was reported the studios were developing an animated film centered on a Latino family. Howard and Jared Bush were announced as the film's directors, with Bush being involved with the film's screenplay, while Clark Spencer and Yvett Merino were named as the film's producers.

On June 18, 2020, the tentative title was revealed to be Encanto. The project was also confirmed to be the film Miranda was involved in, and it was reported to be about a girl in a magical family. While initial reports had said the film would be set in Brazil, Miranda stated on June 22 that it would actually be set in Colombia. The same day, it was also reported that Charise Castro Smith would be a co-director in addition to co-writing the screenplay.

On December 10, 2020, the project was officially confirmed at a Disney Investor Day meeting, where a clip was shown, a release in fall of 2021 announced, and magical realism referenced.

Music

Encanto (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
various artists
ReleasedNovember 19, 2021
Genre
  • Film score
  • pop
Length1:54:41
LanguageEnglish, Spanish
LabelWalt Disney
Producer
  • Germaine Franco
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Mike Elizondo
  • Carlos Vives

By June 2020, Miranda had begun writing the film's music, which will have eight original songs in both Spanish and English. On September 8, 2021, Germaine Franco, co-composer of the songs from Coco, began to score the film. The soundtrack for the film was released on streaming on November 19, 2021.

All songs are written by Lin-Manuel Miranda with scores composed by Germaine Franco.

No.TitlePerfomer(s)Length
1."The Family Madrigal"Stephanie Beatriz, Olga Merediz and cast of Encanto4:17
2."Waiting On A Miracle"Beatriz2:41
3."Surface Pressure"Jessica Darrow3:22
4."We Don't Talk About Bruno"Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Beatriz and cast of Encanto3:36
5."What Else Can I Do?"Guerrero and Beatriz2:59
6."Dos Oruguitas"Sebastián Yatra3:34
7."All Of You"Beatriz, Merediz, John Leguizamo, Adassa, Maluma and cast of Encanto4:38
8."¡Hola Casita!" 0:46
9."Colombia, Mi Encanto"Carlos Vives2:55
10."Two Oruguitas"Yatras3:34
11."Abre Los Ojos" 3:16
12."Meet La Familia" 2:08
13."I Need You" 2:27
14."Antonio's Voice" 2:14
15."El Baile Madrigal" 2:50
16."The Cracks Emerge" 1:22
17."Tenacious Mirabel" 1:35
18."Breakfast Questions" 1:25
19."Bruno's Tower" 0:52
20."Mirabel's Discovery" 2:56
21."The Dysfunctional Tango" 2:42
22."Chasing The Past" 2:26
23."Family Allies" 1:15
24."The Ultimate Vision" 2:10
25."Isabela La Perfecta" 1:20
26."Las Hermanas Pelean" 1:17
27."The House Knows" 1:28
28."La Candela" 3:20
29."El Río" 1:27
30."It Was Me" 1:20
31."El Camino De Mirabel" 2:09
32."Mirabel's Cumbia" 2:48
33."The Rat's Lair" 1:21
34."Tío Bruno" 2:23
35."Impresiones Del Encanto" 2:29
36."La Cumbia De Mirabel" (featuring Christian Camilo Peña) 2:46
37."The Family Madrigal (Instrumental)" 4:17
38."Waiting On A Miracle (Instrumental)" 2:41
39."Surface Pressure (Instrumental)" 3:22
40."We Don't Talk About Bruno (Instrumental)" 3:35
41."What Else Can I Do? (Instrumental)" 2:59
42."Dos Oruguitas (Instrumental)" 3:34
43."All Of You (Instrumental)" 4:53
44."Colombia, Mi Encanto (Instrumental)" 2:54
Total length:1:54:41

Marketing

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By October 3, 2021, Jakks Pacific announced that the new line of toys for the film released. The line of toys coming to retailer stores, featuring interactive playsets including the Magical Casa Madrigal, Singing Mirabel and Magic Butterfly doll, Sing and Play Mirabel doll, Mirabel and Isabela fashion doll assortment, Mirabel's Musical Accordion, 7-inch key character plush assortment and character role play dresses. Additional JAKKS products for the film will be featured in future waves coming in 2022.

The merchandise, including the new movie tie-in books and T-shirts, was also available from popular retailer stores. The collections will include Capybara Pillow Pet, Personalized Headboard Wall Decals, and Picnic Time Baskets, Coolers, Blanket, and Cutting Board. The new Funko Pop! figures of several characters from the film are available for pre-order on Entertainment Earth and will start shipping in January 2022.


Release

Encanto held its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on November 3, 2021, and was theatrically released in the United States on November 24, 2021, in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX, 4DX and IMAX 3D. The film will have an exclusive 30-day theatrical run, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Encanto is set to be released on Disney+ on December 24, 2021. The film was paired with the short film Far From the Tree.


Reception

Box office

In the United States and Canada, Encanto was released alongside House of Gucci and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, and is projected to gross $35–40 million from 3,980 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $7.5 million on its first day, including $1.5 million from Tuesday night previews.

Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 94% with an average rating of 7.60/10, based on 100 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Encanto's setting and cultural perspective are new for Disney, but the end result is the same – enchanting, beautifully animated fun for the whole family." Metacritic reports a weighted average score of 76 out of 100 based on 30 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.