As usual, the latest animated movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios has been met with positive reviews from both critics and audiences, in theaters and on Disney+. This time, the movie is a magical realism story called Encanto about a Colombian family with unique powers — and since the composer for this Disney animated film is Lin-Manuel Miranda from Moana (2016), it’s also not surprising that the music for the movie has become a massive success as well!
Encanto follows the story of the Madrigal family, a family in Colombia who has been given magical powers from a blessed candle. Mirabel Madrigal is the black sheep of the family, since she’s the only Madrigal who wasn’t given any special gifts, but when her family’s magic is in danger, Mirabel saves the day!
Even though family drama, tense relationships, and the magical powers of Mirabel’s extraordinary family are the main focus of this film, the catchy songs and lively dance choreography in the musical numbers have become one of Encanto‘s biggest draws.
Several of the movie’s soundtrack’s tracks have consistently been trending since the movie premiered, especially after it premiered on Disney+ and became available to more people — and one particular song, the fast-paced song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno“, has topped the charts above the others! In this song, the Madrigal family members are telling Mirabel about her uncle Bruno, an eccentric family member with the magical ability to see the future. Bruno disappeared when Mirabel was a little girl, but (spoiler alert!) there’s more to the story.
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” celebrated the new year by moving up “from No. 110 to No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart” for the last week of 2021, according to broadwayworld.com. The song is also “currently the #1 song on Spotify on the Top 50 U.S. chart” on Spotify, as well as “#17 on the Top 50 Global, #1 on the Global Viral and, #1 on the U.S. Viral charts”. The music video for the song is also “the #1 trending music video on YouTube”, and has been since it was released on December 28 2021.
Three other songs from the movie are also popular. “Surface Pressure”, sung by Jessica Darrow, was #8 on Spotify’s Top 50 U.S. chart and is now #7. The songs “Family Madrigal” (sung by the movie’s cast) and “What Else Can I Do?” (sung by Diane Guerrero and Stephanie Beatriz) are #34 and #33 on the same chart, respectively.
The song “Dos Oruguitas” from the movie has also been nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award, and it’s on the shortlist for an Academy Award! Surprisingly enough, the other three songs that have been so popular, including “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, haven’t been shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Original Song. The movie Encanto has also been nominated for nine Annie Awards in general!
Have you watched Encanto yet, and did you catch the Easter egg in the footage from “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”?