By Rian Tyler
Art by Sophie Jordan
The upbeat songs of the Oscar-nominated movie “Encanto” can casually be heard throughout the halls and on Tiktok. Since it was released in November 2021, both the movie and soundtrack have not left the spotlight. The movie, which features a magical family in Colombia called the Madrigals, offers a perspective that we don’t see very often on the Disney screen.
The film has been well received for its music. The score of “Encanto” was written by Germaine Franco and the original songs were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Caroline Hunt (10) says, “You can take the song and link it to other pieces like [Miranda’s] “In the Heights” and “Hamilton,” and he used voice actors that were from Hispanic culture.”
Miranda reflected Colombian music and culture throughout the soundtrack. The hit song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has even risen to the number one spot on the Billboard chart. Aislinn Choo (11) says, “The music can speak for itself, and Lin-Manuel Miranda did a great job writing earworms that I can't stop singing and dancing to.”
With the music’s increasing popularity, there have also been notable elements of diversity.
“I found the movie an extremely refreshing and important addition to Disney's collection. I am glad that necessary moves toward diversity and representation are finally being made in children's films,” says Rebecca Schweitzer (10).
Choo says, “A story featuring generational trauma, especially for children, is rather rare. It wasn't perfect, but I think that, in the end, it was impactful either way.”
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