The first official trailer for Disney’s new musical “Encanto” has been released, featuring eight new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer of “Moana” and “Hamilton.”
Stephanie Beatriz, who recently starred as comedic relief in the Warner Bros.-produced adaptation of Miranda’s “In The Heights,” will lend her voice to the studio’s 60th animated feature. “Encanto,” set in Colombia, is directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, as well as newcomer co-director Charise Castro Smith.
Unlike “Moana” and his contributions to the upcoming “The Little Mermaid” update, Miranda wrote the entire score for “Encanto.”
Here’s what we know about the plot so far, per Disney: “‘Encanto’ tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.
The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel (Beatriz). But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.”
Encanto features eight new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer of “Moana” and “Hamilton.”
Howard and Bush worked on Disney’s massive 2016 hit “Zootopia,” which included a clever allegory about racism and bias in policing among its otherwise kid-friendly and entertaining animal comedy. Castro Smith, a Cuban-American playwright and actress who worked on the hit Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House,” joined them for “Encanto.” The screenplay was written by Bush and Castro Smith.
Mirabel Madrigal’s main character will be voiced by Beatriz. She is best known for her role as Detective Rosa Diaz in the NBC comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” but she also appeared in Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2013 indie darling “Short Term 12” alongside Brie Larson.
She is an accomplished voice actress, having leant her skills to animated comedies such as “Bob’s Burgers,” “BoJack Horseman,” “Ice Age: Collision Course,” and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.”
Walt Disney Animation Studios will release “Encanto” in theaters on November 24, 2021. Check out the enchanting first official trailer below.
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