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Dolores Mirabel and Bruno Encanto

Will “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” Become a Dark Ride?

The most popular original song from the Walt Disney Animation Studios movie Encanto is without a doubt “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, an original song by Lin-Manuel Miranda in which the Madrigal family sings to Mirabel Madrigal about her mysterious uncle (whose magical powers allow him to see the future)– and ironically, everyone is talking about Bruno despite the song’s title!

In light of the song’s chart-topping and record-breaking status, Disney Animation has shared some more insights into the choreography behind the musical number and given lots of Disney fans the hope that the “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” scene from the Disney movie might eventually become a dark Disney ride.

According to Disney Animation, “the cinematography for this song in the Disney movie was designed to create the sense of a live performance. For this shot, the layout team was inspired by dark rides at theme parks, where the viewer is moved through the story in a carefully crafted space”.

Disney Animation also shared a short video showing some behind-the-scenes footage of the musical number’s layout. You can see the footage in the Tweet above!

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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). Credit: movies.disney.com

In the song, Mirabel progresses through the Madrigal household as each member of the family tells her about his or her personal experiences with Bruno. The song is fast-paced, with catchy beats and lots of intricate dance choreography that is enhanced by the female characters’ swirling skirts.

The townsfolk of Encanto also join in, revealing some of their Bruno-related grievances, and the song ends with a complex harmony that creates a memorable musical landscape.

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Bruno (voiced by John Leguizamo) in ‘Encanto’. Credit: parody.fandom.com

Because the song’s nature is somewhat dark with an undertone of danger, and it does indeed feature a situation “where the viewer is moved through the story in a carefully crafted space”, it seems like the “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” scene in this Disney movie could be a perfect candidate for a dark ride in a Disney Park!

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Pepa and Isabela singing about Bruno in ‘Encanto’ Credit: stagechat.co.uk

Journalist Ashley Carter definitely saw the potential, and shared the Tweet from Disney Animation below with a request for a dark ride. Disney World has certainly seen a lot of changes recently, with a new Princess and the Frog ride still in the works and rides like Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain currently undergoing renovations, so it seems like Disney is on a mission to expand and evolve overall.

With Encanto‘s popularity and box office success overall, fans’ praise for the Disney movie, the catchiness of “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, and the fact that Disney dark rides were a direct inspiration for the original song’s choreography, the idea of a Bruno ride in Disney World or Disneyland doesn’t seem very farfetched!

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!