Encanto: Everything to Know About Disney's Animated Musical
9/29/2021 • 3 min read
It’s always a big deal whenever Disney brings a new original animated film into the world. Not a sequel or prequel; not a live-action remake, but an original animated feature film filled with brand new characters and songs.
That’s exactly what we’re getting with ENCANTO. Details beyond that, however, are still a little hard to come by. Nevertheless, here’s what we know about ENCANTO so far, including a look at the latest trailer!
The Encanto Release Date
ENCANTO is scheduled to come out on November 24, 2021.
See the New Encanto Trailer!
The second ENCANTO trailer is just above. In addition to showcasing the film’s vibrant setting and music, this new ENCANTO trailer offers a quick introduction to the magical home in which the characters live and suggests that the magical abilities of each resident of the house are intrinsically linked to the home itself.
And then there's Mirabel, who has no magic. But when the home itself starts to crack and magic is threatened, Mirabel appears to be the only one with the power to save her home and her family.
What Is Encanto About?
As the above trailer puts forth loud and clear, ENCANTO takes place in Colombia. But this is a different Colombia than the one we know because magic exists in the Colombia of the movie's story.
Hidden within Colombia’s majestic mountains is the Madrigal family. Each member of the family has been blessed with unique magic power. All of them, that is, except young Mirabel. When something threatens the family’s magic, only Mirabel - the one member without special abilities - can fix the problem. Can Mirable do it? How will she succeed without magic? We’ll have to watch ENCANTO in order to find out!
Who Is in the Encanto Cast?
Like many things regarding ENCANTO, the voice cast is mostly secret at this point. Stephanie Beatriz, of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and IN THE HEIGHTS, leads the voice cast. Since Beatriz’s low monotone voice made famous in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is not her actual speaking voice, Mirabel Madrigal doesn't sound anything like Rosa Diaz. Which is good!
Also in the cast are John Leguizamo, María Cecilia Botero, Diane Guerrero, Jessica Darrow, Angie Cepeda, and Wilmer Valderrama. And Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, and Ravi-Cabot Conyers also play roles. For more on the extensive collection of characters in ENCANTO, you can read our preview feature from Disney's recent press event.
Who Directed Encanto?
ENCANTO is directed by Jared Bush and Bryan Howard, with additional help from co-writer Charise Castro Smith. The last big film by Bush and Howard was Disney’s beloved ZOOTOPIA. It will be interesting to see how their style translates to a story about humans, especially one with such a strong emphasis on music.
For more on the directorial approach to ENCANTO, check out our conversation with the filmmakers!
Who Wrote the Encanto Songs?
It's a good thing you asked! ENCANTO’s music is likely the film’s biggest drawing point. That’s what happens when your songs are written by "Hamilton" and "In the Heights" hit-maker Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Miranda has already shown his Disney musical chops with his amazing contributions to MOANA, which is all the more reason to get excited about what he’s cooked up for ENCANTO. Our preview feature has a lot more information about the songs.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know?
Not yet, but keep your ear to the ground. Between now and the film’s November release date, a lot more ENCANTO information is likely to drop. But it’s never too early to start getting excited!
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All images courtesy of Walt Disney Animation.