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Disney Excludes Bruno from ‘Encanto’ Special

There is a very special new version of¬†Encanto¬†coming Disney fans’ way soon — but apparently, the black sheep Bruno is still not invited!

Bruno Madrigal became a fan favorite after Disney fans saw his (and his Madrigal family members’) movie,¬†Encanto, on Disney+ last year.¬†This was in large part due to the runaway success of the song from the soundtrack about the estranged uncle, which is called “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and beat out “Let It Go” in terms of popularity.

Disney has announced plans for a fun first-of-its-kind¬†Encanto¬†special, which will feature the original voice actors in their roles — but two significant characters will be missing, as will their actors, and one of them is the prophetic Uncle Bruno!

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The Madrigal family: Luisa (voiced by Jessica Darrow), Isabela (voiced by Diane Guerrero), the matriarch Abuela Alma (voiced by Mar√≠a Cecilia Botero), Felix (voiceded by Mauro Castillo), Julieta (voiced by Angie Cepeda), Pepa (voiced by Carolina Gait√°n), Agust√≠n (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama), Camilo (voiced by Rhenzy Feliz), Antonio (voiced by Ravi Cabot-Conyers), and Dolores (voiced by Adassa) and Mirabel Madrigal (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz). John Leguizamo voices Bruno (not pictured). ‘Encanto’ is directed by Charise Castro Smith. Credit: movies.disney.com

John Leguizamo, the Annie Award-nominated actor who voiced Bruno (and is well known by Dreamworks fans for his work as the voice of Sid the Sloth), will not be returning in his role. This means that we will not get to hear Bruno’s delightful rap from the end of the movie, since his voice will literally be absent!

Another actor who will not be returning for this special (which will be called Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl and will come to Disney+ on December 28) is That 70’s Show and Zorro actor Wilmer Valderrama. Valderrama plays a less notable character than Bruno, so his role (Mirabel’s clumsy father Agust√≠n Madrigal) will not be missed as much as Leguizamo’s will be.

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Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl¬†will be (according to Disney+ President Alisa Bowen) “opening the doors to Casa Madrigal once again for a dazzling musical experience that will celebrate the magic and wonder of ‚ÄėEncanto‚Äô in a whole new way.‚ÄĚ The “live-to-film concert” will involve “an 80-person orchestra, 50 dancers and out-of-this-world special effects”.¬†

The rest of the main Madrigal family cast are returning — including Jessica Darrow, the husky-voiced singer who made Luisa another fan favorite and charmed fans with her own jazz version of the song “Surface Pressure.”

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The Madrigal family: Luisa (voiced by Jessica Darrow), Isabela (voiced by Diane Guerrero), the matriarch Abuela Alma (voiced by Mar√≠a Cecilia Botero), Felix (voiceded by Mauro Castillo), Julieta (voiced by Angie Cepeda), Pepa (voiced by Carolina Gait√°n), Agust√≠n (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama), Camilo (voiced by Rhenzy Feliz), Antonio (voiced by Ravi Cabot-Conyers), and Dolores (voiced by Adassa) and Mirabel Madrigal (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz). John Leguizamo voices Bruno (not pictured). ‘Encanto’ is directed by Charise Castro Smith. Credit: Disney

If you’ve been eager to see more of Bruno in this¬†Encanto¬†extravaganza, you’ll be out of luck! Bruno is, however, part of the traveling Disney on Ice show (which is a unique¬†Frozen¬†and Encanto¬†version of the live show) that is going on tour — so if you need to talk about Bruno Madrigal some more, that would be the place to do it! Or you could check out this spot-on Encanto¬†exhibit and imagine that you hear him eavesdropping behind the walls!

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!