The Encanto Trailer From Disney Is A Beautifully Whimsical
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The Encanto Trailer From Disney Is A Beautifully Whimsical Look At The Madrigal Family

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BY October 4, 2021

I may be in my 30s, but I can confidently say that I still delight in watching any new animated feature that Disney puts out. Raya and the Last Dragon was amazing (not to mention it was a hit with audiences everywhere), and Disney’s announcement that they would be releasing a new animated movie from the same directing/writing duo had me already wishing it was November of next year. Luckily, I don’t have to wait much longer for new animated content because the Mouse House is releasing their 60th animated feature entitled Encanto this November! The Encanto trailer just dropped recently and it is absolutely stunning!

What Did We Learn From The Encanto Trailer?

The trailer introduces us to the Madrigal family, a Latinx family living in a magical area in Columbia called Encanto. Each child is born with a magical gift that’s unique to them except for our protagonist, Mirabel. They live in an anthropomorphic house called Casita, but when the magic starts to malfunction and disappear, it’s up to Mirabel to try and save her family.

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The film will feature all-new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana) and is directed by Byron Howard (Zootopia, Tangled) and Jared Bush (also Zootopia), co-directed by Charise Castro Smith and produced by Clark spencer and Yvett Merino.

In more exciting news, Disney also announced that actor John Leguizamo (Ice Age, Critical Thinking) is joining the voice cast as Bruno, Mirabel’s uncle who’s gifted with the ability to see the future. Bruno’s honest, often apocalyptic predictions weren’t always well received by the rest of the family, so he disappeared long ago. The rest of the cast includes Stephanie Beatriz (who is part Columbian herself) as Mirabel; María Cecilia Botero as Mirabel’s grandmother Alma aka Abuela; 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. Leguizamo is excited to be a part of the Encanto team, saying:

“I was so pumped to be asked to the party. Lin-Manuel wrote me a rap, and I flipped out! Plus, this is such a beautiful story set in Colombia. It’s a first in so many ways. The magic is enchanting, the comedy is so sharp, and the world created is irresistible. Bruno is so compelling because he is that guy that never quite fits in. He’s an outsider, but he also understands the world better because he’s always wanted to belong to it.”

In addition, the Encanto trailer featured several Afro-Latino characters, something that has been sorely lacking in other movies and series. Many on social media praised the representation, with one Twitter user saying, “Seeing afro Latinos in Disney’s encanto is very pleasing to me.”

Take a look at the full Encanto trailer below:

Encanto will be released November 24, 2021 in theaters everywhere.

What did you think of the Encanto trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Disney

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at keilin@comicyears.com.

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