Encanto Looks Like Another Storytelling Masterpiece from Disney
Everything about Encanto’s trailer looks promising. Like Coco, it highlights a certain culture, this time, of Colombia.
The story takes place in the household of the Madrigal family, whose members are all “gifted”—one can enchant objects to move on their own, one has super strength, one is a shapeshifter, one can command animals, and one can manipulate the growth of plants and vegetation. Everyone has special abilities, except Mirabel.
Mirabel turns out to be just a regular human with no special abilities like her family. She is also the first Disney princess to wear eyeglasses.
Although some audiences mistook the setting for Mexico, there are certain nuances in the trailer that tell you it is definitely Colombia. The theme song itself, written by Lin Manuel Miranda, only has two words for the lyrics: “Colombia” and “Encanto.”
Mirabel is voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, who describes the character as someone who is “a really funny, loving character who also deeply yearns for something more.”
“She's also not afraid to stand up for what she knows is right—something I love and relate to very much,” Beatriz tells the BBC.
When Mirabel discovers that the magic of Encanto is in danger, she becomes the family’s only hope of saving them.
Encanto premieres in Fall 2021. Details of its Philippine release have yet to be announced by Disney.