Over the years, Disney has released tons and tons of animated flicks that have entertained viewers at home. From “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to “Raya and the Last Dragon,” the film house has produced over 50 films during their almost decade run.
As expected, Disney will be releasing another animated film to commemorate the festive season. Entitled “Encanto,” the movie comes out in cinemas this Thanksgiving and many fans are already super hyped about the promised thrills after seeing the trailer.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created the music, recently dropped some tidbits about the upcoming film.
He shared his perspective on how “Encanto” is one of a kind and revealed his excitement about working on the film. Keep scrolling for more details.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Says ‘Encanto’ Is About Interpersonal Family Dynamics
“Encanto” had a team of amazing people working around the clock to make the project a success. One out of the bunch was Miranda, who hugely contributed to the film’s music. He had previously worked on another Disney flick, “Moana,” some years back.
While he relished the experience, he did not spend much time on set as he was the last person hired to join the team. Therefore, he wanted something different if another opportunity dropped on his laps.
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As per Hollywood Reporter, Miranda got the chance to work on “Encanto” from its inception, and his music helped direct the film’s story. He shared his insight on how the flick differs from other Disney family concepts and usual hero storylines.
He said, “Our goal was to write about an intergenerational family and not have the central conflict of the movie be some huge quest, but the role we play within our families and how we see ourselves versus how we are seen [by others].”
Miranda further added that it was fun writing songs that connoted the interpersonal family dynamics in most homes. Nevertheless, much hard work and research were needed to produce the right sounds to pass the perfect emotional thrill to fans.
What is ‘Encanto’s’ Storyline?
“Encanto” is a Disney animated film that backdrops on the fantasy version of Columbia. It tells a delightful tale of a magical Colombian family, the Madrigals, who had a magical trait bestowed on their bloodlines.
At age five, each member gets a superpower, triggered by the enchanted house they called home. Well, not everyone exactly. 15-year-old Mirabel was unlucky as she did not share the family gift when she attained the usual age. As a result, she felt like an outlier, pondering about her helplessness and why the gift bypassed her.
But when she found out that the family’s magic was in danger, Mirabel took up the mantle of finding a solution to the family’s trouble.
Along the way, she met her Uncle Bruno for the first time since he got banished for his gift of prophecy.
How ‘Encanto’ Was Made
According to Verge, the creative team discarded many ideas that seemed to tilt away from the movie’s tone. One initial concept involved an animal character that popped out balloons whenever he came into a room.
Although this was funny, it was not fit for the film’s storyline. Ultimately, the team created eight different versions of the film and combined bits and parts from each one to make up the final project.
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It required a lot of time and plenty of ideas that ended up not being used. However, they only wanted something spectacular and nothing less, hence the continuous iterative process of refining the movie at each step.
Considering the mental labor put into producing the project – one can assume that a thriller awaits fans when “Encanto” comes out in theaters on November 24, 2021.
What Songs Did Miranda Create In The Film?
Miranda did a lot of work to produce the songs in the film. For one, he deeply researched Columbian music and culture – and realized that the film opening number would have an accordion as its lead due to the instrument being a part of Columbian music.
He ensured the songs detailed the family’s story, relations, powers, and many other tidbits. In total, Miranda produced eight songs for “Encanto.” These include “Welcome to the Family Madrigal,” “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” “Waiting for a Miracle,” and “Surface Pressure.”
Disney has garnered a reputation for producing unique soundtracks for their various animated films. Fans might recall how several “Moana” songs became anthems for children. Similarly, “Encanto” is being touted to surpass expectations and make more impact than its predecessors.