Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming feature film Encanto tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. Each child has been blessed with a magic gift unique to them—each child except Mirabel. But when the family’s home is threatened, Mirabel may be their only hope.
Encanto is directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard and co-directed by Charise Castro Smith. The voice cast includes Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel; María Cecilia Botero as Mirabel’s grandmother Alma aka Abuela; John Leguizamo as Bruno; Angie Cepeda and Wilmer Valderrama as Mirabel’s parents, Julieta and Agustín; and Diane Guererro and Jessica Darrow as Mirabel’s sisters, Isabela and Luisa. Also lending their voices are Carolina Gaitán and Mauro Castillo as Mirabel’s’ aunt and uncle, Pepa and Félix; and Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz and Ravi Cabot-Conyers as Mirabel’s’ cousins Dolores, Camilo, and Antonio, respectively. (synopsis courtesy Bleeding Cool)
Finding yourself, who you truly are, can be a big ask.
On paper it’s simple since you should know yourself right but the truth is, that kind of self perception is often clouded by environment, family, friends and a host of other complicating factors that can well and truly muddy the waters of self awareness.
In the upcoming Disney film Encanto, Mirabel knows just what that feels like, struggling as she is with being the only member of her family without a demonstrable magical gifting.
It’s all very well for everyone to say she’s special anyway, and of course, being a loving, close-knit and supportive family they mean it, but Mirabel finds it hard to know who she really is when there are so many things saying to her, in her mind at least, that she’s not.
You know, of course, that she will arrive at the end of the film with a joyously encouraging sense of how special she actually is but the getting there looks like it’s going to be a wondrous, affirming joy, making Encanto one of the likely highlights of the year.
Encanto opens on 24 November in USA and UK and on 25 November in Australia.