My 16-year-old budding artist daughter is critical of anything she spends her time doing. I was surprised when she repeatedly requested to see the new (potentially childish) Disney animated movie, Encanto. I knew a little about Encanto and deeply admire Lin-Manuel Miranda, but I have not been impressed with recent animated movies in general, so I was a tad apprehensive about this production. Well, guess what friends… WE LOVED IT!!! And strongly recommend the culturally immersive experience of Encanto to you.
*** Spoiler Alert: the trailer below shows most of the story. Skip this peek, if you are like us and prefer to watch your movies with all the surprising reveals as the storyteller intended. ***
What is Encanto? Encanto is a colorful musical that explores the universally recognized complicated relationships that can occur within families. This magical tale introduces the Madrigals, an extraordinary Latin American family who lives hidden in the mountains of Colombia.
Encanto marks the 60th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Fans will enjoy a sing-along movie version, never-before-seen bonus features and deleted scenes when Encanto arrives on all major digital platforms this holiday season on December 24 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD February 8.
Encanto will also be available on Disney+ starting December 24.
Our Review: My daughter and I were immediately drawn into the magical world, from the opening musical/narrative style of introducing main characters and setting the basic plot. Lin-Manuel Miranda beautifully built rich traditional stories through music and song. If you are a Moana (2016) or Hamiliton (2020) fan, you will definitely enjoy Encanto as well. We especially appreciated the somewhat unpredictable and dynamic story that is entertaining for the teens and adults in the audience.
I was equally impressed with the voices who lent their expressions and talent to bring the characters to life, which include:
- Stephanie Beatriz as protagonist “Mirabel”, who is better known as the hilariously brisk and intimidating Dectective Rosa Diaz on NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- María Cecilia Botero (Enfermeras, Her Mother’s Killer, Undercover Law) as “Abuela Alma”
- Emmy® winner John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet) as “Bruno”
- Popular singer Mauro Castillo as “Félix”
- Cuban-American actress Jessica Darrow as “Luisa”
- Angie Cepeda (HBO’s Room 104) as “Julieta”
- Cuban-American actress and singer Carolina Gaitán as “Pepa”
- Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black) as “Isabela”
- That 70’s Show‘s “Fez” Wilmer Valderrama as “Agustína”
- Rhenzy Feliz (Runaways, Teen Wolf) as “Camilo”
- Ravi Cabot-Conyers (#BlackAF) as “Antonio”
- Famed “Reggaeton Princess” Adassa as “Dolores”
- AND my fav, Alan Tudyk (Firefly, A Knight’s Tale, Resident Alien) as “Toucan”
According to Stella Rating: Family Viewing Disclaimer (1/low – 5/high scale)
Encanto is rated PG by the MPAA due to the “some thematic elements and mild peril”. Scenes that might be concerning or distressful for the young-at-heart include a couple of kissing scenes, an off-screen murder of a man in front of his distraught and appropriately hysterical wife, frightening ghastly visions that depict the emotionally-fraught crumbling of a house, a girl in frantic peril, people in danger, a few arguments and some mild language. My 16-year old daughter and I give Encanto a PG rating of:
- 1 – SEX/NUDITY
- 2 – VIOLENCE/GORE
- 1 – PROFANITY
The 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD includes the all-new heart-tugging animated short, “Far From The Tree”, in addition to a Sing-Along version with on-screen lyrics and exclusive Bonus Features.
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