Disney’s “Encanto” centers around the Madrigal family, an extraordinary family who lives hidden in the mountains of Colombia and is bestowed with unique gifts.
Walt Disney Animation Studios He has been providing charming animated films to audiences since 1937. Critics say his 60th movie, “Encanto”, is one of the best.
Set to hit theaters before Thanksgiving, the movie focuses on the Madrigal family, a family that lives hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a place called Encanto.
The family arrived in Encanto after Abuela forced Alma to flee her home with her baby triplets. She got a miracle that provided her with a magical home and blessed every child in the family with unique gifts – except for Mirabel.
However, when the magic surrounding Encanto is in danger, causing the foundations of the house to crack and the Madrigals’ powers to disappear, Mirabel is the one to step up and figure out how to stop him.
The film was largely praised by critics for its animation style, versatility, and “charming” songs. It currently has a “Fresh” rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes out of 82 reviews.
“Disney’s 60th animated film is among their best,” Scott Mendelson said in his review of the film for Forbes.
He wrote, “Even with some periodically gloomy tones and pessimistic thematic elements, it is overall a delightfully colorful and exciting fantasy that will make us realize once again how visually impressive we take for granted in modern animation.”
Here’s what some critics think of Disney’s “Encanto” ahead of its Wednesday premiere:
Maya Phillips, The New York Times
Disney Animation Studios have long been praised for their revolutionary techniques for creating minute details, from tailoring clothes to realistic hair. “Encanto” continues this tradition.
“Computer animation, some of the best in any major studio in the past several years, offers a wonderful blend of shapes and delicate weaving of precious details — like the embroidery on the skirts, and the golden and brown crust of Aba cheese and cheese,” said Maya Phillips, a writer at The New York Times. Times: “A selection of indigenous Colombian plants.”
Phillips said Incanto has a “strong involvement and respect for Latin culture,” noting that the Madrigal family have shades that range from light to dark and have a hair texture that varies from straight to kinky curly. It is a spectrum that represents diversity within the Latino community.
“Lin-Manuel Miranda’s great catalyst for contemporary soundtracks, provides a fantastic soundtrack that combines salsa, bachata, and hip-hop music played on traditional folk instruments from Colombia,” wrote Phillips.
Read the full review from The New York Times.
Stephanie Beatriz as the voice of Mirabel Madrigal in Disney’s “Encanto.”
Caroline Seid, The AV . Club
“From ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ to ‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ Walt Disney Animation Studios have spent the past eight decades perfecting her signature style of the classic hero’s journey,” Carolyn Seid wrote in her review of the film. AV Club. “So it’s such a bold move that for its 60th feature, ‘Encanto,’ the studio turns a lot of those classic models upside down.”
Siede notes that unlike many Disney cartoon heroes, Mirabel Madrigal not only has two surviving parents, but is surrounded by an extended extended family.
“How fun it is to see this Disney heroine with her cousins,” she wrote.
She noted that Mirabel’s lack of magical abilities also distinguishes her from other Disney heroines. In many cases, Disney heroes either possess special talents or skills that set them apart from other characters.
“This makes Mirabell a kind of opposite of Elsa, if you will, and instead of setting out on an adventure to find herself, her quest leads inward into her family’s history and the secrets buried within,” Sid wrote. “This is Encanto’s biggest innovation: the Disney adventure that never leaves home.”
Read the full AV Club review.
Owen Gilberman, Variety
Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review of Variety: “The songs, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, are simultaneously infectious, very witty, and unabashedly romantic; they keep the film rocking.”
Miranda has collaborated with Disney on several projects in recent years, including “Moana” and the upcoming live-action adaptation of the studio, “The Little Mermaid.”
“And the whole picture is complex and accomplished enough to make the era when the average Disney home was a few levels less than Pixar’s home animation feature look like ancient history,” Gleiberman wrote. “However, for all the excitement that was on display, none of it would mean much if Encanto didn’t deliver the impactful heroine’s journey in a way that kept you amazed.”
“This is the key to the captivating animation – it remains a cheerful impulse in front of the audience,” he said.
Read the full review from Variety.
Ravi Capote Conyers voices Antonio Madrigal, who has the ability to talk to animals in Disney’s “Encanto.”
Scott Mendelson, Forbes
Mendelssohn was just one of many critics who praised the film’s voices. In particular, he referred to John Leguizamo—who voices an uncle whose ability to see the future makes him at odds with his family—as a performance of “equals comedy and misery.”
While Mendelsohn criticized Miranda’s songs for frequently repeating information already presented to the audience, he said Disney used the film cleverly not only to introduce diverse characters but to tell a unique story.
“‘Encanto’ uses the commercial freedom of being a large-scale release of Disney animation to exist both as a triumph of demographic representation and not to use this representative landmark as an excuse to tell a general story otherwise,” Mendelson wrote.
He said, “Mirabel joins the ranks of one of Disney’s most investigated heroines, in part because she has no obligation to hit notes ‘Bad-ass warrior isn’t your everyday princess.’” If anything, an awkward misfit is usually a supporting character in epic cartoons. traditional mobile, and this adds to its global proportion.”
Read the full Forbes review.