Disney Will Release a New Animated Film that Takes Place in Colombia


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By Araceli Cruz

December 16, 2020

The new Disney film set to be released in 2021 is called “Encanto” and Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music for it.

When Disney and Pixar released “Coco” in 2017, the Mexican American community rejoiced as it was an authentic look at a Mexican tradition, put together by Latino creatives. Disney is doing it again, this time with a story that takes place in Colombia. The new animated feature film is called “Encanto” and Lin-Manuel Miranda has been working on it for three years. 

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“This Fall, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new film Encanto takes you to Colombia, where a magical family live in a magical home,” Disney said on Twitter. “Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith, and music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.”

The short teaser did not provide much information about the plot of the film. However, the 30-second clip does feature an outstanding Latin music sound bite— thanks, of course, to Miranda. 

“Been working on this for nearly three years,” Miranda tweeted on Dec. 10. “So proud of this music and this story. Can’t wait to share more. Super super super orgulloso. #Encanto.”

IMDB Database does explain a bit about the film focal point: 

“The film is centered on a young girl and her family in Colombia, who all have magical powers, sadly, the young girl has no powers.”

Sounds mysterious and intriguing. 

The film, which is set to be released next year, features the directorial work of Byron Howard who is known for “Zootopia” (2016), “Tangled” (2010), and “Bolt” (2008). Screenwriter Jared Bush also previously worked on “Zootopia” and “Moana” (2016). 

Cuban American writer Charise Castro Smith is also credited as director on “Encanto”. Her previous work includes the TV series “The Haunting of Hill House,” “The Exorcist,” and “Devious Maids.” 

“Encanto” isn’t Miranda’s first gig with Disney. The “Hamilton” creator was most recently in Disney’s 2019’s “Marry Poppins Returns.” He also wrote the hit songs for “Moana,” and was nominated for an Oscar for the song “How Far I’ll Go.”

Fans on social media were excited to hear that Disney would be showcasing Colombia’s beauty in this new animated film. 

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“All I can say is thank you,” one fan tweeted. “Thank you for representing Colombia. Just by this teaser and song alone, I know it’s going to be incredible. I only wish my grandparents were here to see it. They would be so proud. And I will be so proud to watch it for them. I’m already dancing.”

“My heart! I was born in Medellín and adopted by an American family as an infant,” another said. “Most of the time when I explain this to people they automatically think of Colombia in a negative manner. Thank you for helping to show people that Colombia has so much beauty to offer! #crying.”


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