Friday, July 19, 2024

Disney debuts trailer for new Latino animated movie, ‘Encanto’, set in Colombia

Walt Disney Studios just released the trailer for its newest animated movie, ‘Encanto’, set in rural Colombia.

The story follows the Madrigals, who live in an enchanted place where every child has extraordinary powers or an encanto, except one. Mirabel, who is 15, is the odd one out and struggles to find her place in her family.

However, when her family’s magic become endangered, she must use her ordinary gifts to save encanto. Latina actress Stephanie Beatriz, who recently starred in Lin- Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’, is the voice of Mirabel; “I’m Colombian on my father’s side, and playing this role fills me with immense pride” she said.

The movie is directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush and co- directed by Cuban American writer and actor Charise Castro Smith, and it features music from Miranda as well. Singer-songwriter Carlos Vives made an original song for the film named “Colombia, Mi Encanto.”

Vives, who is from Santa Marta, Colombia, said that in a statement that “This song is a celebration of the magical diversity of Colombia. … I can’t wait to see how the music will blend with the images and the characters inspired by the encanto of Colombians.”

Encanto features multiple dark-skinned Afro- Latino characters. After the trailer’s released, many people on social media said that it was a step in Afro- Latino representation. A Twitter user wrote, “Seeing afro Latinos in Disney’s Encanto is very pleasing.” The movie will be in the theaters on November 24th, 2021.