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Welcome To Casa Madrigal: First Trailer For 'Disney's Encanto' Appears.

It may be still the height of summer, but Disney is already looking towards   Christmas. As major markets reopen and the box-office shows healthy signs of coming back to life, there is hope that something close to normality will have returned by the time the next Walt Disney Animation Studios feature arrives.

Scheduled to be their big Holiday 2021 movie, Encanto is set to arrive November 24 in the United States and November 26 in the UK. It wasn't originally supposed to be this way, but it has turned out to be the second WDAS we're getting this year, thanks to Raya And The Last Dragon's delay.

Zootopia's Jared Bush and Byron Howard are directing with Charise Castro Smith credited as co-director. Castro Smith's CV until now has primarily been writing episodes of TV series such as Devious Maids, The Haunting of Hill House and The Excoricst.  She is also credited with co-writing the screenplay with Bush- when a screenwriter is elevated to the co-director position, it's usually a sign that they have been majorly involved with shaping the film's development and is a recognition of their talents by the directors and producers. Also credited as a writer is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has written the original songs, returning after his successful collaboration with WDAS on Moana.

It's a bit of a break with recent Disney tradition for a movie that's not a "Princess Movie" to go the full-blown musical route while Raya (which was effectively a Princess movie) was song free. Disney's history has seen them run into trouble before by becoming too stuck in their ways and clinging to formula, so it's encouraging to see them mixing things up.

This week has seen the release of a pair of posters that has teased the cast (including an adorable unimpressed looking Capybara that we are already obsessed by), and now the first trailer has arrived.

Encanto features a young Colombian girl named Mirabel Madrigal (voiced by Brooklyn 99's Stephanie Beatriz), who is the only member of her family not to be born with magical powers, Her fellow Madrigals each have a 'gift' whether it's superstrength, shapeshifting,  or communing with animals. Mirabel is an atypical female protagonist for a Disney film, seemingly a slightly-akward  nerdy teen girl. We know from the promotional material that she will end up having to be the one to step up and save her family, but there's no hint of that in this first teaser.

Instead, the first look is essentially an introduction to the Mirabel house (Casa Madrigal) and its residents. It's colourful, vibrant and teeming with character. Our new friend the Capybara looks even better in motion (and has babies!), but she's joined by other creatures such as Leopards, Tapirs and dancing donkeys and some beautiful Colombian environments. It's easy to take the quality of Disney's animators for granted but this is looking especially gorgeous.  We get a taster of Miranda's soundtrack too, with a toe-tapping number that would be a fair guess could be the opening song.

Barring any unexpected changes with the health emergency situation, Encanto is anticipating a traditional theatrical release. And it looks like the perfect welcome back to Disney on the big screen. Check out the teaser, synopsis and posters below!


You’re invited into the exceptional, fantastical and magical Casa Madrigal. ūü¶č✨ Watch the new trailer for Disney’s Encanto now! See the movie this November.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto,” is 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 all-new original film features the voice of Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel, an ordinary 15-year-old who’s struggling to find her place in her family. “Mirabel is a really funny, loving character who also deeply yearns for something more,” says Beatriz. “She’s also not afraid to stand up for what she knows is right—something I love and relate to very much.