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Encanto is an upcoming American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is scheduled to be released on November 24, 2021 and will be the 60th animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, the film will be written by Bush and Charise Castro Smith.
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. 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.
In 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda was offered by then-chief creative officer John Lasseter an animated film alongside Zootopia director Byron Howard. By November 2016, Miranda said that he and Howard had begun early work on the project, though Miranda noted that it could take years for the project to come to fruition.
In January 2020, it was reported that Howard and Zootopia co-director Jared Bush were working on a film centered on a Latino family. Zootopia producer Clark Spencer will produce the film alongside Yvett Merino Flores, while Bush will co-write the film's screenplay alongside Charise Castro Smith.
In June 2020, the film was reported to have the working title Encanto, and was confirmed to be the project Miranda and Howard were working on since 2016, with Miranda writing songs for the film. It was also reported that the film will center on a magical Brazilian family. However, in June 22, 2020, Miranda stated that the film will be set in Colombia. He also revealed that he has started working on the film's songs. It was also reported that Castro Smith will co-direct the film.
- This will be the second time Lin-Manuel Miranda worked on a Walt Disney Animation Studios film, after Moana.
- This will be the first Disney animated film to be produced by more than one person since Big Hero 6.
- This will be the second Disney animated features canon film to be released on November 24, after Toy Story 2 and Tangled.
- This will be the first Walt Disney Animation Studios film to be produced in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio since Winnie The Pooh.
- In addition, This will be the second Disney animated film of 2020s to be produced in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, after Luca.
- This will be the fourth Disney animated film to explore Latin American culture, after Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros and The Emperor's New Groove.
- Second computer-animated Disney film directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, after Zootopia (2016), 5 years prior.
- The word encanto comes from Spanish and means charm, spell or enchantment. It is both used as a way to tell a magic incantation and as an adjective for "sweetheart".
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