New Character Details Revealed for Disney's 'Encanto' – wdwnt.com

Disney’s next animated film will be “Encanto,” set in a magical Colombian town and focusing on Mirabel Madrigal, the only member of her family without a magic power. Via an interview with the film’s writers and directors, Good Morning America has revealed more details about “Encanto” and its characters.
“It started out really personal. [Directors] Jared [Bush] and Byron [Howard] were the ones who came up with this idea, and they started out by researching their own families,” co-writer Charise Castro Smith told Good Morning America. “One of the big questions of the movie is, ‘Do I really see my family for who they are?’”
“I think this is the first time that we’ve really tried to handle a large extended family,” Byron Howard added. “We have about a dozen principal characters who are very, very important to the story, and that was enormously challenging, but the whole team really committed to that from the beginning.”
Here are the movie’s main characters:
According to Howard, Lin-Manuel Miranda was “very keen to have it be a definitive Latin American Disney musical.” They eventually decided to set the film in Colombia.
“It was the home of magical realism, which we love and really influenced the storytelling in the film, but also because Colombia is the crossroads of music, culture, and ethnicity,” Howard continued.
Bush said that “every frame has something for people to find” in regards to the country and culture. “There are a lot of textiles throughout the movie, which is great, but there are also tiny mannerisms that I’m hoping people [who] are Colombian see and go, ‘I know what that means.’”
According to Castro Smith, there are Colombian terms of endearment and phrases included in the dialogue as well.
Miranda wrote several new songs for “Encanto,” and composer Germaine Franco wrote the score. Two songs are entirely in Spanish, and there are different styles of music throughout.
“So many of the songs are so character-specific, and the musical styles that he chose are [as well],” Castro Smith said of Miranda. “One of the first songs Lin wrote for the movie was about [Mirabel’s] very strong sister, and he chose a sort of reggaeton-inspired music. It really influenced her character. Jared and I took that character creation back into the script.”
“We worked with him really closely and in a very seamless way,” she continued. “He didn’t just write the music; he really influenced a lot of the characters and a lot of the story as well.”
Regarding the film’s message, Howard said, “Everyone fulfills a purpose in this family, and that’s one of the beautiful things you discover in the film.”
“Encanto” will be in theaters on November 24, 2021.
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I think Disney and Pixar are stretching this whole “every culture” thing a bit too thin! I loved Coco, but I just look at this as another variation of the a similar story. Maybe I’ll watch it on Disney+…maybe. Same with Raya (that I have little interest in) as compared to Mulan which I liked a lot, both versions. Luca did not do well even on Disney+, and very little merch at the parks. Why? Just another variation on Little Mermaid – a sea creature wanting to be part of the human world! Maybe both Pixar and Disney animation have… Read more »

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