There is less than a week until the new Disney animated film Encanto is released in theaters, and the production company releases a featurette that dissects the heart of the adventure: the music. And there’s no one better to talk about it Encantocomposer music Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Oscar nominee wrote eight original songs for the film and talked a bit about what they stand for, and gave a little insight into how they play out in the film.
Encanto tells the story of Mirabel (expressed by Stephanie Béatriz), a girl who was born into a family of gifted individuals but who does not seem to have any powers of her own. The story takes place in Colombia, and in the featurette Miranda explains how the rich culture was an inspiration to write original songs like “Colombia, Mi Encanto”, “What Else Can I Do?”, “We Don ‘t Talk About Bruno’, and ‘Surface Pressure’.
Miranda also explains how the directors Jared bush, Byron howard, and Charise castro smith put a lot of faith in him to convey all kinds of emotions that the different characters go through, and how the challenge was trying to find the “sluggish” of the characters and musicalize it. During the process, he was able to take into account the voices of Latin superstars like Maluma, Sebastien yatra, and living musical legend Carlos Vives.
Oscar winner and composer Germaine franco (coco, The book of life) also worked closely with Miranda for the score of Encanto. In an official statement, Franco commented on the different instruments used for the score and how they inspired it:
“We created new textures and sounds, using traditional Colombian instruments such as tiples, bandolas, cununos, marimba de chonta, arpa llanera from Latin America mixed with an orchestra. The sound of the score is imbued with many Colombian rhythmic styles, including bambuco, mapalé, cumbia and joropo. The score enters and leaves beautiful songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I hope the musical imagery of the score evokes the soundscape of Colombia, the tenacity of our main character, Mirabel, the strength of the family and our shared humanity.
Apart from Beatriz, Encantovoice distribution of also includes Maria Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica darrow, Rhenzy feliz. and Caroline Gaitán.
The soundtrack of Encanto is already available on all major platforms.
Disney premieres Encanto in theaters November 24.
You can watch the featurette below:
Check out the official synopsis for Encanto here:
The magic of Encanto blessed every child in the family with a unique gift ranging from super strength to the power to heal — every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, may well be the last hope of her exceptional family.
They also discuss what they are excited about with the audience watching the movie.
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