ENCANTO. Disney’s latest animated film, Encanto, is released on November 24, 2021. Meet directors Jared Bush, Byron Howard, and co-director Charise Castro Smith.
Get ready to discover the fantastic Madrigal! Encanto, the last Animation Film from the Disney studios, tells the daily life of this Colombian family, each member of which is endowed with extraordinary magical powers … with the exception of Mirabel, which must find its place among the other Madrigals. This cartoon, in theaters on November 24, 2021, dissects the complexity of family relationships like never before. disney movie have not dared to do so until now, while offering a breathtaking visual spectacle.
Unsurprisingly, it is the pundits of Mickey’s studio who are at the helm of Encanto. The animated film is directed and written by Byron Howard (Zootopia) and Jared Bush (Vaiana, Zootopia). Charise Castro Smith, who has worked on projects such as The Haunting of Hill House (producer) or Raya and the Last Dragon, completes the team as co-director. All three agreed to answer our questions about the behind the scenes of the last Disney film. Find their interview below.
How did you come up with the idea for the Encanto plot, and how did you come to write the character of Mirabel?
Jared bush : Byron [Howard] and I were finishing Zootopia, we knew then that we wanted to make an animated musical film together. I had just finished writing Vaiana with Lin-Manuel Miranda [Hamilton, Le retour de Mary Poppins…] and he told us he wanted to make a Latin American sung animation film. We started to look for what we had in common: a large family, extended, complicated, sometimes difficult but also wonderful. The more we discussed it, the more we realized that we didn’t know our family members that much, although we were convinced otherwise. This idea that we may not know each other that much in our respective families prompted us to tell this story, which deals with differences in perception. Once we had Charise Castro Smith who joined us, we were able to combine these themes with the tradition of magical realism that she found in Colombia. it allowed us to tell a story that is both epic and intimate.
What were your cultural influences and inspirations?
Charise castro smith : We were very inspired by Colombia and this tradition of magical realism. But we were also guided by the complexity of the family relationship. The central problem of this story is a trauma that took place a very long time ago but which still impacts the life of each of the characters, fifty years later. It was one of the influences that really inspired us: to stage without restraint all the complexity and beauty of family relationships, then to mix it all up and bring it to the big screen.
What was the biggest difficulty encountered on this film? Or maybe the most difficult scene to create?
Charise castro smith : We made this film during the coronavirus pandemic. Our production team therefore worked entirely from home. Normally, we are all together in the same building, everything is done in 800 different houses (laughs). Our producers have a lot of credit for having succeeded in moving us forward and helping us to create in these very special circumstances.
The scene that has evolved the most over time has certainly been the one where Mirabel sings her song, “Waiting on a miracle”. We had to do the whole movie first to find out what its emotional journey would be, and then go back and really define the tone and content of that song, because it’s a pivotal moment in the film. Lin-Manuel Miranda has a lot of credit, again, because he really made a unique track compared to other Disney heroines songs. She is sincere, she comes from the bottom of my heart. It’s a scene that changed a lot during the making of the movie, but it was worth it.
What is your favorite Encanto song and why?
Byron howard : Oh my god … Maybe “We don’t talk about Bruno”. When we first heard it, it was so catchy… It stuck in my head for two years and I’m still not tired of hearing it!