Encanto is the sensation sweeping the nation and it is clear to see why! A beautiful story, moving music and characters we all can relate with!
Encanto Did you Know Facts!
Encanto Was About A Large Family Due To The Writers’ Own Families
- Writers Jared Bush and Byron Howard worked together on Zootopia (2016) and wanted to create a musical as their next project. This later turned into a Latin American musical after Lin-Manuel Miranda came on board to write the songs. The pair, who have previously worked on buddy films, wanted to do something completely different. They shared their experience of having a large extended family so decided to make a musical that had many main characters.
Encanto Is The First Disney Animation To Have Full Time Choreographers
- During the production’s research trips to Columbia, the team learnt just how important music, dance and rhythm are to everyday life in the country. As a result Encanto was the first Disney animation film to ever have Choreographers involved in the whole development process from beginning to end. They worked alongside the production team to develop characters, songs and the story itself.
- Many older films introduced choreographers but they were only hired to consult on specific scenes. Jamal Sims (RuPaul’s Drag Race and When The Beat Drops 2018) was hired alongside Kai Martinez as the film’s animation reference consultant. They worked with a team of dancers to prepare the choreography for each scene referencing the footage and then gave feedback to the animators.
Transgenerational Trauma Is Encanto’s Central Theme
- Encanto has received high praise from critics who cite it’s emotion, characterization and cultural significance. Writer Jared Bush discusses in Disney’s Twenty Three magazine that despite the characters and storylines continuously changing over the production process, “the core of the whole film” had always been the relationship between Mirabel and Alma. He said that Encanto is “about how you see the other people in your family and how you are seen“.
Encanto Means Enchantment In Spanish
- The word Encanto directly comes from Spanish and means charm, enchantment or spell. It is used both to describe a magical incantation but also as an adjective for “sweetheart”.
Interview with Encanto Director Charise Castro Smith
Charise to so beautifully brilliant! I love hearing her passion for this film and the importance of representation. This was such a fun interview. Listen to hear what her room would look like, her inspiration and message she hopes families learn.