Walt Disney Animation Studios will be returning to its animated musical roots with “Encanto.” Jennifer Lee said the film takes us to takes you to Colombia, where a magical family live in a magical home.
As a part of their Disney Investor Day, animation president Jennifer Lee announced that the studio would be releasing an all-new animated musical that speaks to the heart of why representation matters.
“Encanto” is also major reunion of sorts for many of the Disney creatives behind-the-scenes. One it sees Byron Howard and Jared Bush for the first time since they collaborated on the Academy Award-winning “Zootopia.” Additionally, “Encanto” will be co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith. “Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda writing new music and songs in both English and Spanish. It should be noted that both Bush and Miranda also worked together on “Moana.”
It’s no secret that Disney has locked in their musical muse with Miranda. The singer, song writer, and actor has collaborated on many Disney projects from “Moana” and “Mary Poppins Return” to the upcoming live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.” And let’s not forget how Disney+ is home to Miranda’s biggest Broadway hit “Hamilton.”
Aside from the official tweet, there aren’t too many other details about the plot or even who is cast in “Encanto.” But I suspect that will all change in the coming months.
This Fall, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new film Encanto takes you to Colombia, where a magical family live in a magical home. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith, and music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. pic.twitter.com/bdxag3SzPv
— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) December 11, 2020
“Encanto” will hit theaters on November 24, 2021