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!
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 Agustín Madrigal) will not be missed as much as Leguizamo’s will be.
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 ‘Encanto’ in a whole new way.” 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.”
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!