A number of actors of Colombian descent claimed to be happy to the point of tears seeing Encanto raise their ancestral culture. Not only that, praise also appears for Lin-Manuel Miranda who worked on the soundtrack of this film. Encanto is the first film from Walt Disney Animation Studios which is centered on Colombian culture and is brought by a row of actors with Latin American blood, some of whom are of Colombian origin.
Not only happy that their culture was brought to the big screen, this row of Colombian-blooded players also admitted that they were proud to be able to show their culture to all audiences in the world.
“While watching this film I couldn’t stop smiling and crying,” said actor of Colombian descent, Wilmer Valderrama, as quoted by ET, which was released on Wednesday (24/11).
Alderrama also assessed that Encanto is also full of meaning like in classic films, ranging from teaching someone about identity, about miracles to dreams. “It’s an amazing experience, and very emotional to be part of that legacy. This film is actually very emotional for us,” he continued.
The same thing was also conveyed by John Leguizamo. Actor Encanto from Colombia is amazed to see his culture displayed on the big screen. “Amazing! How lucky we are to be in this film,” said the actor who voices Bruno Madrigal, Mirabel’s uncle who was ostracized by his family.
“I’m half Colombian and here we represent our own people and in a beautiful, funny, touching film. That’s everything.” In addition to the value, Colombian music is also one of the attractions that the players are proud of in the film directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush.
The use of Latin music is actually not new to Disney. Previously, Disney also brought original Mexican music in the film Coco (2017). The existence of original Colombian music involved in the film Encanto cannot be separated from the creative hands of Lin-Manuel Miranda. The composer and lyricist for the Broadway musical wrote eight of Encanto’s soundtracks in Spanish and English.
Miranda stated that she was trying to “capture the intergenerational complexity of family” which is at the heart of the film’s story. I grew up in a three-generation household,” Miranda said.
“And seeing how we see ourselves versus the roles that our family gives us. It’s complicated, it’s hard and it’s really fun to be able to write songs to talk about those experiences.” Miranda’s ability to work on the soundtrack of the film Encanto won praise from Colombian artists, Carlos Vives, Maluma and Sebastián.
Yatra, who performed one of Encanto’s soundtracks, Dos Oruguitas, was satisfied with Miranda’s work. The composer is considered successful in capturing emotions and making people more connected to Colombian culture. “This film really captures the essence of it all. The beat, the song, what sound describes us? And I think Lin-Manuel [captures that],” Yatra said.
“This film is also like a journey of color. Encanto is like a film that inspires you to move like we learned to move when we were little.” Encanto tells the story of a magical family known as The Madrigal. They live in a house in a town called Encanto located in the mountains of Colombia.
All members of this family have special abilities. However, there is one family member who has no magical abilities at all. She is Mirabel Madrigal (Stephanie Beatriz).