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Disney released the first official trailer for “encanto‘, a new musical featuring eight new songs by the composers ‘Moana’ and ‘Hamilton’ Lin-Manuel Miranda. The studio’s 60th animated feature will showcase the voice talents of Stephanie Beatriz, who recently captured attention as a comedic relief in the Warner Bros. produced adaptation of Miranda’s ‘In The Heights’. Set in Colombia, “Encanto” is directed by “Zootopia” directors Byron Howard and Jared Bush, alongside new co-director Charise Castro Smith. Unlike “Moana” and his contributions to the upcoming “The Little Mermaid” update, the “Encanto” score is written entirely by Miranda.
Here’s what we know about the plot so far, per Disney: “’Encanto’ tells the story of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant city, in a wonderful, 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 jeopardy, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, may be the last hope of her extraordinary family.”
Howard and Bush were part of the creative team behind Disney’s 2016 smash hit “Zootopia,” which fused a clever allegory about racism and police bias into his otherwise kid-friendly and entertaining animal comedy. For “Encanto,” they were joined by co-director Castro Smith, a Cuban-American playwright and actress who worked on the hit Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House.” Bush and Castro Smith wrote the screenplay.
Beatriz will voice the main character of Mirabel Madrigal. She is best known for playing Detective Rosa Diaz in the NBC comedy series ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and also starred opposite Brie Larson in Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2013 indie darling ‘Short Term 12’. voice actress, who learned her skills in 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 releases “Encanto” in theaters on November 24, 2021. Watch the enchanting first official trailer below.
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