Encanto is a film that appeals to a wide range of audiences. It is an intriguing film that draws from the culture of Colombia while embracing a distinctly Caribbean setting. As such, it is a must-see for those interested in Colombia’s unique history, cuisine, and music.
Set in a veritable tropical Eden
Disney’s latest animated film Mirabel encanto takes place in Colombia, a country of diverse geography, fauna, and flora. It tells the story of a family of magical characters who live in a beautiful valley.
The film was inspired by a variety of locations in Colombia, from Barichara to Valle de Cocora. Although not included in the actual movie, the Andean capital of Bogota was visited by the film’s directors.
The Cocora Valley is an area outside Salento, known for its endemic Quindio wax palms. This region was also used for the bedroom of Encanto character Antonio. His room is filled with toucans and capybaras. In addition, he has a Jaguar named Parce.
While the movie does not explicitly say where it takes place, the prologue suggests it’s in the early 1950s. There are many clues to the time period, including cultural references.
One of the main themes of the film is the cultural diversity in Colombia. Aside from traditional Spanish telenovelas, there are African, European, and Indigenous influences in the Madrigal family.
Embracing Colombian culture
Disney’s “Encanto” is a culturally rich film, celebrating Colombian culture. It is the first Disney feature animation to be set in Latin America, and features an ethnically and racially diverse cast. The film also includes computer generated animation, incorporating local fauna, flora, and music.
Encanto is set in the epoca de La Violencia, which was a time of state terror and partisan conflict in Colombia. In addition to depicting the events of the era, the movie introduces unique Colombian crafts and foods, as well as a traditional Andean garment called a ruana.
The film also features a storyline of a multi-generational household, a concept that rarely gets much attention in the media. There is also a new narrative that incorporates an outcast into the picture. But if the movie is truly about the history of Colombia, it seems to be missing the biggest historical moment of the year.
The film’s dazzling visuals are accompanied by a colorful score that is a good place to start learning about Colombian culture. Embroidered clothing and delicious arepas are also featured.
A film that appeals to increasingly diverse markets
Encanto is a magical story that takes place in rural Colombia. A young girl named Mirabel is born into a family of magic-powered characters. But Mirabel is not given a gift like her brother Bruno. So her quest to uncover the secret behind their powers becomes the central conflict.
The film’s success is due to the fact that it encapsulates Colombian culture. The characters are diverse and the music and dance scenes are authentic. It also has a unique score composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Among the most popular songs in the soundtrack are “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “The Sun Will Rise”. Both were written for the movie. This song is a big hit on the music scene, as is the film’s original score.
While the movie didn’t make the top of the box office, its overall gross was in line with expectations. The film’s opening weekend grossed $29.3 million in 47 countries. In terms of international numbers, it ranked second after Disney’s Frozen II, which raked in $125 million in 2017. Compared to last year’s opening, Encanto sported a larger number.
The film’s soundtrack
Music is an integral part of a film. The music and SFX of a movie’s soundtrack can help increase the emotional impact of a scene or character. For example, in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), the instrumental song “Married Life” accurately portrays the range of emotions in a particular scene.
Film composers take into account the plot, character traits, and scenery to come up with the right score. Depending on the nature of the movie, the soundtrack can be a collection of songs or an orchestral score.
Film score composers must be familiar with the legalities of using music in a film. Usually, they are commissioned for the project and are hired specifically for the job. They then take their cues from the director’s vision.
A film soundtrack’s music is arranged and organized by a shot list. This list helps filmmakers visualize music pairings. It also allows them to identify gaps in the song or musical score.