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Disney's CEO Might Have Just Hinted at Encanto Sequels, Spin-Offs, and More 

He referred to Encanto as a “franchise.”  
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Disney’s Encanto is steadily winning over the world. The Encanto original soundtrack is breaking records on music charts, “Dos Oruguitas” was just nominated for an Oscar, and “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is causing global last song syndrome. Things are looking up for the Madrigals, and this might only mark the beginning. 

In its quarterly fiscal report, The Walt Disney Company hinted that the story of Casita is not yet over. Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek referred to the film when he mentioned “the launch of a new franchise with Encanto,”—not movie, but franchise. 

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Disney’s animated films are known for being standalones, which makes the phrase “franchise” a curious choice of words. We know how much Disney loves its franchises—after all, Star Wars and Marvel are the studio’s bread and butter. So, it shouldn’t be shocking to expect more content coming from the wildly popular and critically-acclaimed Encanto. 

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If anything, we’re more excited than shocked. The movie might have only run for 1.5 hours, but Jared Bush’s directing and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical compositions were enough to give all 10 Madrigal family members personality, history, and potential. So, sign us up for an Encanto sequel or a Bruno spin-off. Heck, we’d even watch a series about Mariano and Dolores or even the early days of Abuela Alma and Abuelo Pedro. And given the massive popularity of Encanto, we're already expecting Colombian-inspired characters and rides to pop up in Disneyland. 

Disney isn’t closing the door on Encanto, and neither is Lin-Manuel Miranda. As if more screen time with Encanto wasn’t enough, Miranda already has the entire Broadway show mapped out in his mind along with an entirely new seven-minute-long finale song. Just in case a Broadway show happens. Of course, Disney hasn’t expanded on what exactly the Encanto franchise will cover, but we can dream. 

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