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The Madrigal family: Luisa (voiced by Jessica Darrow), Isabela (voiced by Diane Guerrero), the matriarch Abuela Alma (voiced by María Cecilia Botero), Felix (voiceded by Mauro Castillo), Julieta (voiced by Angie Cepeda), Pepa (voiced by Carolina Gaitán), Agustín (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

‘Encanto’ Heads to Disney+ on Christmas Eve

If you wanted to see the new Walt Disney Animation Studios movie Encanto (but were hesitant to see it in theaters due to COVID-19) that premiered in November of this year, or if you saw it and loved it, then good news! The magical Colombian family in Encanto is coming to everyone on Disney+ on December 24, 2021. Journalist Ashley Carter shared the news about the Disney film on Twitter in the Tweet shown below.

The movie Encanto takes place in Colombia and follows Mirabel Madrigal, a young woman who feels like the black sheep in her big Colombian family. This extraordinary family was blessed by a magical candle, which gave them magical gifts and unique abilities that not only allow them all to communicate with their enchanted house but also allow individual family members to possess special powers.

As the one Madrigal family member without any magical gifts (aside from interacting with the Madrigal family home, which everyone can do), Mirabel understandably feels left out and questions her role. But when her family’s magic and their home is threatened, Mirabel just might end up being the one family member who can save them all!

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Mirabel is played by Stephanie Beatriz, an actress who many people might not know yet. Another notable cast member is Maluma, the famous Colombian singer and Latin Grammy Award-winning performer who voices the handsome town heartthrob Mariano in Encanto. With its vibrant animation, beautiful music (with original songs by Lin Manuel Miranda), and its expansive incorporation of Latin American culture, this movie promises to be an exciting and inspiring movie for the whole family to enjoy!

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Stephanie Beatriz with her character Mirabel. Credit: Disney Parks Blog

The Walt Disney Animation Studios movie was directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, produced by Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer, and has a screenplay by Charise Castro Smith. Other voice actors for Encanto include Wilmer Valderrama (who will also be playing Zorro soon) as Agustín Madrigal, John Leguizamo as Bruno Madrigal, Diane Guerrero as Mirabel Madrigal’s perfect sister Isabela Madrigal, Jessica Darrow as Mirabel’s muscular sister Luisa Madrigal, and María Cecilia Botero as Mirabel’s grandmother Abuela Alma Madrigal.

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The movie’s name has a double meaning, so many Disney fanatics will be curious to see if the movie’s title is a clue regarding the secret power that Mirabel uses to save the Madrigal magic and her extraordinary family. Have you already seen Encanto? If you did see this Disney film, have you been tiding yourself over with Encanto merchandise until it comes to Disney+? 

About Sharon

Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! 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.