Disney’s latest animated offering Encanto is making waves across the world. The film, which revolves around Columbia’s Madrigal family which is blessed with magical powers following a tragedy.
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Disney’s latest animated offering Encanto is making waves across the world. The film, which revolves around Columbia’s Madrigal family which is blessed with magical powers following a tragedy, is being pegged as a strong Oscar contender. But how much do you really know about Encanto? Let’s find out:
1. First up, the soundtrack of the animated musical has, in fact, trounced Adele’s 30 to top the Billboard charts, and is the first soundtrack of a Disney film to make it to the no#1 position after Frozen 2. The number “We don’t talk about Bruno” from the film has become the most streamed song on Spotify. Now, that must make the film’s composer Germaine Franco and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda – two very happy collaborators.
2. You may not be aware of this but Alan Tudyk, the voice of Pico, the clueless toucan in Encanto has also lent his voice to characters in several other Disney classics. To name a few, Tudyk was the voice of Lago, the scarlet macaw from Alladin, King Candy in Wreck-it Ralph, Duke of Weselton in Frozen and also Tuk Tuk in Raya and the last dragon. Now that’s a multi-faceted vocal talent.
3. If you’ve watched the film, you already know about the mystical character of Bruno, who is an outcast of the Madrigal family. But while the film has an entire song dedicated to the character- “We don’t talk about Bruno”, we surely get to see the character in several scenes if you care to pay close attention. He first makes an appearance in the song about him in the verse about the wedding and also in the balcony in Dolores’ rap verse.
4. While this one may not be as obvious, but Bruno, a misunderstood character who has resigned to a life of solitude surely seems like a nod to another popular Disney character. Yes, you guessed it right, we’re talking about Elsa from Frozen. In fact, there’s another very subtle reference to Frozen in the film. The song “Surface Pressure” includes a chorus by a group of donkeys who also double up as audience and performers in the song. Replace donkeys with reindeers and you’ll be reminded of the Frozen 2 classic “Lost in the woods”.
5. And the last one on this list: the songs in Encanto are packed with multiple references and nods to several Hollywood blockbusters. If you pay attention, you’ll notice that the song “Surface Pressure” quite deliberately alludes to James Cameron’s magnum opus Titanic and Disney’s 1997 hit Hercules. All you need to do is listen carefully to the lyrics.
If you haven't watched this flick yet, then do so streaming on Disney + Hotstar and Google play.
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