In recent years, Disney is all about presenting different people, races, and cultures through its animated movies. And this year, upcoming film Encanto aims to do the same!
We’ve seen Polynesians thorugh Moana, Southeast Asians and costumes inspired Raya and the Last Dragon, and Mexican representation was present in Coco. These movies, a vital representation of traditions, helps create a culture of diversity and acceptance, especially today. (Read: 4 Reasons to Watch ‘Hamilton’ on Disney Plus)
And in another addition, Encanto showcases the Colombian people.
A magical Colombian family
Just a few days ago, Disney finally released a teaser trailer for their new animated film, Encanto. The movie, which comes out on November 24 in the US, revolves around the Madrigals– a family who lives in a colorful town deep within Colombia.
At first glance, they might seem like a normal, happy family, but what people don’t know is that they have “exceptional, fantastical, and magical” powers. They can shape-shift, manipulate plants and vines, and some of them even have super strength! But there’s one member who didn’t receive a special gift–Mirabel.
Mirabel is the only one in her family who doesn’t have powers, which is why in the teaser, her dad gives her a ‘Not Special Special’ gift basket. “Gift or no gift, I am just as special as the rest of my family,” she then tells the kids around her.
But despite her seemingly positive attitude towards not having powers, Mirabel struggles to fit in with her magical family. (Read: 3 Movies to Watch if You Have a ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Hangover)
And because Disney is on full power with representation, the characters were voiced mostly by people of Lati American descent.
Stephanie Beatriz who is most known for her role as Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be voicing Mirabel, which she said made her dreams come to fruition. “I’m playing Mirabel in ENCANTO and it’s a dream come true, a wish my heart made as soon as it knew what dreams and wishes were,” Stephanie shared in an Instagram post.
She added that she’s Colombian on her father’s side which makes her even prouder of being part of Encanto, “I’m Colombian on my father’s side, and playing this role fills me with immense pride.”
Other members of the voice cast include Wilmer Valderrama (That 70’s Show), Diane Guerrero (Orange Is the New Black), Rhenzy Feliz (Marvel’s Runaways), and Angie Cepeda (Love in the Time of Cholera).
The music will once again be co-written by Lin Manuel-Miranda, who also collaborated with Disney for the soundtrack for Moana, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, among others.
Watch the teaser trailer here.