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"Gift or no gift, I am just as special as the rest of my family."
Mirabel Madrigal

Encanto is an upcoming Disney film, the 60th entry in its animated canon line-up. It is directed and written by Zootopia directors Byron Howard and Jared Bush, as well as Charise Castro Smith, and featuring songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda (Moana).

Set in the mountains of Colombia, the members of the Madrigal family live in a magical house called an Encanto. Each member possesses one magical power… except for 15-year-old Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz), who seemingly has no powers. But when the magic surrounding Encanto becomes endangered, she decides that as the one ordinary Madrigal, she may be her extraordinary family's only hope.

It is set for release on November 24, 2021. Following a 30-day theatrical window, it will arrive on Disney+ on December 24.

Previews: Teaser.


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  • Animal Motifs: The Madrigal family is constantly surrounded by butterflies. The house, Encanto, has butterfly designs throughout its' structure. Mirabel is shown to be surrounded by yellow butterflies in promotional material. Not to mention Mirabel's dress has embroidered butterflies and her grandmother has a butterfly pendant on her waist.
  • Company Cross References: The art for the Little Golden Book adaptation of Encanto resembles the art style of Tangled: The Series.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Encanto means "charm" in Spanish, but "en canto" also means "in song".
  • Green Thumb: Mirabel's oldest sister, Isabela, has the power to make plants quickly grow, as shown in the first trailer when she does it to the flowers outside of her room.
  • Innocently Insensitive: A delivery man treats Mirabel this way in the trailer when he gave her a basket full of decorations and accessories before calling her a "Non-special". It's also implied that the Madrigal family might be condescending towards her for being the normal one in the family.
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  • Logo Joke: In the trailer, the Madrigal family's house replaces the Disney castle, with a burst of butterflies forming the magic arc.
  • Meganekko: Mirabel Madrigal is the fourth Disney protagonist with glasses (after Milo Thatch, Chicken Little, and Lewis Robinson), but the first female example.
  • Meaningful Name: A madrigal is a type of musical poem originating from the Renaissance, a name befitting of a family at the center of a musical film.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: The protagonist, Mirabel, is the only seemingly non-magical member in the Madrigal family. In the first trailer, we see that other Madrigals have magical powers like being able to talk to animals, super-strength, the ability to make plants quickly grow, shapeshift, and so on, which various characters rub in.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: One of Mirabel's sisters, Luisa, is very buff. She's shown in the first trailer to be able to carry heavy objects like wagons with ease.
  • One-Word Title: "Encanto".
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A capybara, coatimundis, a tapir, and three species of toucans are among the animals present in the first trailer.
  • Shout-Out: In the trailer, main poster, and tie-in media, Mirabel is associated with yellow butterflies. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez famously used yellow butterflies in his works as a literary device, often representing love and hope.
  • Super Strength: Mirabel's 2nd older sister, Luisa, has the gift of super strength.


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