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“Encanto” is Coming: A Look at Disney’s Next Animated Hit

It’s official: Disney’s next animated film Encanto is stunning! With an all-new teaser trailer released on Thursday, July 8th, the hype around the studio’s forthcoming film is beginning to build. Encanto, which has been in the works since 2016, is Disney Animation’s 60th feature film and if the trailer is indicative of what viewers should expect, Encanto is going to be a treat.

Set in Colombia, Encanto is the story of the magical Madrigal family. As the teaser demonstrates, every Madrigal member possesses special powers, from shape-shifting to befriending animals and more! However, the film’s protagonist, Mirabel Madrigal, is the only one in her family not to have special powers. “Gift or no gift, I am just as special as the rest of my family,” Mirabel explains toward the end of the teaser. While the teaser gives little indication of the main conflict of the movie, it’s clear that Mirabel’s lack of an extraordinary “gift” will be a central focus of the film. Stephanie Beatriz, who plays Mirabel, noted “Mirabel 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.

The teaser offered details about the Madrigal family, as well as the experience that’s in store for viewers. Encanto features original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the trailer showcases “Colombia, Mi Encanto,” an all-new song written by Carlos Vives for the film. Vives, a native Colombian and Grammy-award-winning singer and songwriter noted “this song is a celebration of the magical diversity of Colombia.” Set against the vivid, whimsical animation of the teaser trailer, Vives’ statement takes on additional meaning. Though the teaser doesn’t detail the movie’s plot, it does display the fluid, beautiful animation Disney is so well-known for. Encanto is bright, colorful and crisp, almost taking on a sense of realism in its animation.

Image via Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Encanto is already proving to be a vibrant and exciting film, promising an action-packed adventure upon its release. The trailer also demonstrates how music will be intertwined in the action of the film, syncing up the characters’ movements to melodies and beats of the song. Fans were quick to pick up on the diverse characters featured in the trailer, only adding to the excitement of Disney’s newest project. And while there’s still time to go until Encanto hits theaters (that’s right, it won’t release directly to Disney+, unlike Disney and Pixar’s most recent films), fans have taken to social media to build buzz in the meantime.

Encanto is slated for a theatrical release on November 24, 2021.

Featured Image via YouTube/Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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