If you havenâ€™t watched Disneyâ€™sÂ EncantoÂ just yet, this is a big fat sign that you should. Released last November, the animated film has managed to hook the entire world regardless of their age. Encanto with its splendid characters, vibrant animation, and catchy tunes will get even your grandparents singing its soundtrack everywhere they go. But one Encanto song, in particular, is taking the world by storm. Check out the awards and recognitions this Disney film has earned so far.
Encanto is enchanting
The Disney animated film is one of the best ones of 2021. It follows the extraordinary family Madrigal who lives in the mountains of Colombia protected by magic. Every child in the family is blessed with a unique gift except for our lovely main girl Mirabel who gets mostly left out. But when the magic of the Encanto is put in danger, gift-less Mirabel is everyoneâ€™s last hope. Encanto immerses you in a colorful and musical world youâ€™d quite literally wish to live in. And combine all that with 12 intriguing characters and catchy song numbers and itâ€™s a formula for success.
â€œWe Donâ€™t Talk About Brunoâ€ soars in the charts
Those whoâ€™ve watched the family flick will know which song weâ€™re talking about when we say weâ€™re obsessed. Yup, itâ€™s â€œWe Donâ€™t Talk About Bruno,â€ anÂ EncantoÂ song composed and produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. It shot up the charts to sit at No. 5 at the Billboard Hot 100 making it the fifth song from a Disney animated film to do so.
â€œWe Donâ€™t Talk About Brunoâ€ from #Encanto has reached Frozenâ€™s â€œLet It Goâ€ peak on Billboardâ€™s Hot 100.
It is #5 with 25.2 million streams, becoming the fifth song from a Disney animated film to hit top 5 ever. pic.twitter.com/9kmH8gKEoR
â€” Disney Animation Promos (@DisneyAPromos) January 10, 2022
Most members of the family Madrigal participate in this head-bopping number singing about how they view Bruno from their own perspectives. Despite the song title literally warning not to mention Bruno, each goes ahead to share stories about him. And weâ€™re out here vibing to the whole song. Seriously. Itâ€™s super catchy. As of writing, â€œWe Donâ€™t Talk About Brunoâ€ is also the #2 trending for music on YouTube with another EncantoÂ song â€œSurface Pressureâ€ sung by Luisa Madrigal (Jessica Darrow) following at the #5 spot.
Encanto soundtrack kicks Adele out of the top spot
Itâ€™s not just â€œWe Donâ€™t Talk About Brunoâ€ thatâ€™s climbing the charts. Despite the Encanto soundtrack debuting at No. 197 on the Billboard 200 albums chart back in November, it has now grown on everyone and has taken the top spot. The Disney animated film is the first soundtrack album to place first since Frozen IIÂ in 2019. It even bumped Adeleâ€™s album 30Â down to No. 2.
The Encanto cast
We know the first thing you probably did was look up the Encanto voice actors immediately after the movie ended. Mirabel is voiced by Stephanie Beatriz whom you might know as the grouchy Rosa in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. While itâ€™s surprising to hear her voice such a warm and bubbly character â€” let alone sing, weâ€™re just here admiring Beatrizâ€™s skills in morphing to a specific character. And speaking of morphing, weâ€™ll be taking a wild guess here to say that you have a tiny crush on Camiloâ€™s voice. Especially when he sings his part in â€œWe Donâ€™t Talk About Bruno.â€ The shape-shifting teenâ€™s voice actor is 24-year-old Rhenzy Feliz who, despite his exceptional vocals, is actually not a professional singer.
Jessica Darrowâ€˜s emotional performance of â€œSurface Pressureâ€ made us sneak glances at our older siblings and wonder if thatâ€™s how they felt. Isabelaâ€™s solo song â€œWhat Else Can I Doâ€ gave us goosebumps with Diane Guerreroâ€˜s vocals and the message behind it. Itâ€™s a shame that Dolores (voiced by singer-songwriter Adassa) and Camilo didnâ€™t have their solo songs. Even Abuela Alma (MarÃa Cecilia Botero with singing voice Olga Merediz) almost made us tear up with that scene with Mirabel.
Encanto wins a Golden Globe
The music charts and the audience arenâ€™t the only things Encanto has got wrapped around its colorful world. Early this week, the filmâ€™s creators took home a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture â€“ Animated, beating Disneyâ€™s Raya and the Last Dragon and Luca. Germaine Franco was nominated for Best Score Motion Picture and Encanto song â€œDos Oruguitasâ€ (two caterpillars) performed by Sebastian Yatra was nominated for Best Song Motion Picture. And this is just the start of the awards season so you bet weâ€™ll be seeing more wins for theÂ EncantoÂ team.
What else to love? The amazing animation, of course
Aside from Encantoâ€˜s soundtrack (which we will be playing on loop for the next 7-14 business days), the animation itself was top-notch. Mirabelâ€™s skirt swishes in a way that almost looks real, itâ€™s even embroidered with details youâ€™d be surprised to discover. Like this:
my favourite detail about Encanto is that every character has a symbol of their miracle embroidered on their clothes, except for Mirabel who has symbols of her entire family pic.twitter.com/opJoTkAgFZ
â€” menachips ðŸ‚â˜• (@menachips) January 3, 2022
Disney also did an awesome job on the filmâ€™s cinematography. Every time Isabela blooms insane flower fields or Bruno starts his sand storm visions, we get goosebumps!Â Over the past few days, Twitter has also been flooded with a few sneak peeks of behind-the-scenes animation from Encanto. We gotta say, itâ€™s satisfying.
â€” Jonah Sidhom (@JonahSidhom) January 10, 2022
Itâ€™s actually about generational trauma
â€” M.Jay (Encanto SPOILERS!) (@Mary_MS_Jay) December 2, 2021
Another thing that makes Encanto such a good watch is the way itâ€™s relatable in more ways than one. For starters, the characters physically represent a community other than the fair-skinned race.
â€” LYRIK CRUZ (@lyrikcruz) January 3, 2022
So many people can relate to their struggles (sans the gifts, of course). Luisaâ€™s pressure as the eldest sister resonates with every Asian eldest child who has elders with high expectations. Everyone has been in Mirabelâ€™s shoes with her perpetual feeling of never being good enough. And although it might sound conceited, many can also relate to Isabelaâ€™s struggle of breaking out of her perfect mold.
But all of these things boil down to generational trauma being dished out by Abuela. She experienced some harrowing things in the past. Her misguided love for her family has led her to unconsciously become their emotional abuser which eventually creates a toxic environment. However, at the end of everything, at least Mirabel helps Abuela see her mistakes (which is a shocking thing in and of itself because have you ever seen an old person admit to her mistakes?).
Anyway, the audience still wants to know more
Although Encanto was a solid 11/10, one canâ€™t help but get the feeling of â€œThatâ€™s it?â€ when the film ended. It felt like the creators couldâ€™ve explored the Madrigal family more, added more adventure to the story, and given a better closure for some characters. Since everyone loves it too much, there has been an online clamor for either a second movie or at least a mini-series. Disney hasnâ€™t said anything about it but our fingers are crossed they consider it! The world of Encanto is simply too rich for just one movie.
Whatâ€™s your favorite Encanto song from the soundtrack? Share it with us in the comments!
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