First Impressions of… Encanto

The upcoming animated film has released its first teaser trailer – here’s a few thoughts that we have on it…

It seems that 2021 is certainly the year for plenty of Lin-Manuel Miranda projects – with not only the release of the film adaptation of In The Heights, him making his directorial debut with a Netflix adaptation of Tick, Tick… Boom! but also his new project with Disney following on from 2016’s Moana.

Featuring new original songs, even in this first trailer (which of course doesn’t give too much away), it is clear that the music has a vibrant and joyful feel about it that matches the colour and spirit of the story written by Jared Bush, Charise Castro Smith and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Encanto (meaning charm, spell or enchantment), is the story of Madrigal family who live in a magical house in Encanto – a small villiage hidden in the mountains of Columbia. Everyone in the village has a special power – all except one Mirabel who has to step up when the magic of Encanto is threatened.

While perhaps this journey of self-discovery is slightly familiar, there is no denying that this shows Disney’s ongoing commitment to ensure that diversity of culture is represented in the studio’s films and allow young children to see themselves represented on screen which can only be a good thing.

In this trailer alone (although with very little dialogue), you can get a real sense of the joy, magic and imagination that this film has – drawing audience’s in with its playfulness. It grabs the attention thanks to its bold use of colour, careful attention to the detailing in terms of the buildings and the locations that are really pleasing to the eye.

This will be Disney’s 60th animated film and it will be released straight into cinemas – which I think will make its release even more exciting to see the characters and story come to life on a bigger screen making it feel even more of a celebration of the return of cinemas.

In terms of casting, Stephanie Beatriz (In the Heights, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) is set to play Mirabel, alongside María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Mauro Castillo and Angie Cepeda are all set to star in what is set to be a fun filled film.

We may have to wait until November for its release – but I think it will certainly be worth it.

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