Encanto delivers! Whether you’re looking for gorgeous animation, catchy songs, a heartwarming message, or all the above.
To be honest, Disney is again using its same tried and true formula: An emotional magical story, amazing music, and great animation.
However, Encanto‘s setting and cultural perspective are new for Disney. The movie beautifully carries on a new tradition of containing multitudes, enabling the stories and the sub-plots to challenge as they entertain with amazing original music by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
In addition, it’s obvious that Disney is trying to slowly distance itself from the whole “princess” thing. With Encanto, we meet Maribel (Stephanie Beatriz), the only person from the Madrigal family without any special powers. However, everyone can connect with the story: A story of family and community, letting go of societal and familial pressures, and just being yourself. Simple in the most pure and meaningful way. Like the Madrigals, we’re each trying to deal with all this alone – and realizing, perhaps through projects like Encanto, that maybe we don’t have to.
But that’s not all. It took Disney Animation over 50 movies to finally get a black kid as part of the cast. I can’t believe that in 2022, we still have to consider this as an achievement. But better late than never?
Some people might be tired of the same Disney “magic” being repeated in different formats. But I have one thing for the haters: Do better.
Should you watch it?
For its push for diversification and representation, Disney is now using its successful formula for the Latinx community. And thankfully, the end result is the same: enchanting, beautifully animated fun for the whole family.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Disney’s Encanto exclusively on Disney+ everywhere.