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Encanto
Encanto poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Screenplay by
Story by
Produced by
Starring
Cinematography
  • Nathan Warner (layout)
  • Alessandro Jacomini
    Daniel Rice (lighting)
Edited byJeremy Milton
Music byGermaine Franco
Production
companies
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • November 3, 2021 (2021-11-03) (El Capitan Theatre)
  • November 24, 2021 (2021-11-24) (United States)
Running time
109 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$120–150 million[2][3]
Box office$74.7 million[4]

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.[5][6] The 60th film produced by the studio, it was directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howard, co-directed by writer Charise Castro Smith, and produced by Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer, with original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film stars the voices of Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Mauro Castillo, Jessica Darrow, Angie Cepeda, Carolina Gaitán, Diane Guerrero, and Wilmer Valderrama.

The film premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on November 3, 2021, and was theatrically released in the United States on November 24. It received positive reviews from critics and has grossed $74.7 million worldwide.

Plot

While escaping her home from armed conflict, a young Alma Madrigal loses her husband Pedro but saves her three infant children when her magical candle creates a sentient "Casita" for the Madrigals to live in. A village grows thanks to the protective Casita, with the Madrigal family gaining superhuman abilities which they use to help the villagers. However, Alma's son Bruno is ostracized over a misunderstanding concerning his gift of precognition and Mirabel, the youngest daughter of Julieta, has no special ability.

The night after Pepa's son Antonio gains the ability to speak to animals, Mirabel suddenly sees the Casita cracking, but her warnings fall on deaf ears. Mirabel, resolving to save the magic of the Casita, goes around to investigate and question her family members with her older sister Luisa, who possesses superhuman strength, suggesting to Mirabel that Bruno's room may hold some clues to the phenomenon. There, Mirabel sees a cave of sand and an image supposedly showing her being the cause of the Casita falling apart. After Mirabel leaves, she discovers the gifts of her family starting to weaken and is told of Isabela, who can make flowers grow anywhere, and her incoming engagement to a man named Mariano.

During dinner, Mirabel's older cousin Dolores, who possesses superhuman hearing, admits to overhearing Mirabel talking with her father about Bruno's vision when 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, who—despite abandoning his room—never left the house because he still cares for his family. Mirabel convinces him to make predictions again and gets Antonio's permission to use the latter's room. Bruno manages to create another slab of glass, which contains an image of Mirabel hugging with Isabela.

Mirabel goes to apologize but instead learns of Isabela's burden of being perfect, and her desire to not marry Mariano. With Isabela having poured out her feelings, her power start to develop and both sisters reconcile. However, Abuela discovers Mirabel's actions, and the resulting argument between the two destroys the Casita to the family's horror and sadness. Abuela finds a grieving Mirabel at the river where Pedro died, finally admitting her fault of putting pressure on the family, forgetting that they were a family to begin with. Both Mirabel and Abuela reconcile (fulfilling the second vision) 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 speaking at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con International, for "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.
Stephanie Beatriz voices Mirabel Madrigal
  • 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
  • María Cecilia Botero as Abuela Alma Madrigal, Mirabel's grandmother.
  • John Leguizamo as Bruno Madrigal, Mirabel's excluded uncle who has the ability to see the future.
  • 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 film.[8][9]
  • Jessica Darrow as Luisa Madrigal, Mirabel's second oldest sister who has the "biggest biceps in Disney history" and "[carries] all the burdens and never [complains]". She has superhuman strength.
  • Angie Cepeda as Julieta Madrigal, Mirabel's mother and Agustín's wife who can heal others with her cooking.
  • 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 film.[8][9]
  • Diane Guerrero as Isabela Madrigal, Mirabel's oldest sister who is considered "perfect" and "a success". She can make flowers bloom everywhere.
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Agustín Madrigal, Mirabel's father and Julieta's husband.
  • 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. After admitting her crush on Mariano, Dolores and him began a relationship.
  • 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. At the near end of the film, he and Dolores start a relationship.
    • Maluma reprised his role in the Spanish-language dubbing of the film.[8]
  • Alan Tudyk as Pico, a clueless toucan.[11]

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.[12] Miranda said work on the project had begun but was at an early stage.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] The same day, it was also reported that Charise Castro Smith would be a co-director in addition to co-writing the screenplay.[14] 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.[15]

Music

Encanto (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 19, 2021 (2021-11-19)
Genre
Length1:54:41
LanguageEnglish, Spanish
LabelWalt Disney
Producer
Lin-Manuel Miranda speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con International, for "His Dark Materials", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.
Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote original songs for Encanto

By June 2020, Miranda had begun writing the film's music, which would have eight original songs in both Spanish and English.[14] On September 8, 2021, Germaine Franco, co-composer of the songs from Coco, began to score the film.[16][17][18] 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 & cast of Encanto4:17
2."Waiting On A Miracle"Beatriz2:41
3."Surface Pressure"Jessica Darrow3:22
4."We Don't Talk About Bruno"Adassa, Beatriz, Mauro Castillo, Rhenzy Feliz, Carolina Gaitán, Diane Guerrero & cast of Encanto3:36
5."What Else Can I Do?"Beatriz & Guerrero2:59
6."Dos Oruguitas"Sebastián Yatra3:34
7."All Of You"Adassa, Beatriz, John Leguizamo, Merediz, Maluma & 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

Release and marketing

Encanto held its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on November 3, 2021[19] and was theatrically released in the United States on November 24, 2021 in RealD 3D and Dolby Cinema.[20][21][22] The film will have an exclusive 30-day theatrical run, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[23] Encanto is set to be released on Disney+ on December 24, 2021.[24] The film was paired with the short film Far From the Tree.[25]

In October 2021, Jakks Pacific announced it would release a new line of toys for the film.[26] The merchandise also includes tie-in books and T-shirts.[27] 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.[28]

For its opening weekend at the box office, Disney spent $14 million on television advertisements to promote the film, generating 1.26 billion impressions. Deadline Hollywood said the marketing failed to distinguish the film from other Disney properties, with audience members being led to believe that it would be similar to 2017's Coco.[29]

Reception

Box office

As of December 2, 2021, Encanto has grossed $45.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $29.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $74.7 million.[4][30]

In the United States and Canada, Encanto was released alongside House of Gucci and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, and was originally projected to gross $35–40 million from 3,980 theaters in its five-day opening weekend.[31] The film opened nationwide on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, and made $7.5 million on its first day, including $1.5 million from Tuesday night previews. Because of Thanksgiving, a federal holiday, 80% of K–12 schools in the U.S. were closed on Wednesday and 100% were closed on Thursday and Friday. Encanto went on to make $40.6 million in its first five days.[32] Of the 3.7 million moviegoers who saw the film, 52% were Latino and Hispanic, 51% were families, and 62% were female. Though its five-day opening gross was worse than Pixar's The Good Dinosaur ($55.4 million), which flopped at the box office in 2015, the film had the best opening weekend for an animated film during the COVID-19 pandemic.[33] Outside of the U.S. and Canada, the film made $29.3 million from 47 international markets; the top countries in its first five days were France ($3.5 million), Colombia ($2.6 million), the U.K. ($2.4 million), Korea ($2.2 million) and Italy ($2.1 million).[34][35]

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 90% of 152 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website'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."[36] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 75 out of 100 based on 38 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[37] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an 88% positive score, with 70% saying they would definitely recommend it.[29]

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