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Disney debuts trailer for its Latino-themed animated movie 'Encanto,' set in Colombia

The film features multiple Afro-Latino characters and songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Carlos Vives.
A scene from Disney's "Encanto."
A scene from Disney's "Encanto."Disney

Walt Disney Studios just released the trailer for its newest animated movie, “Encanto," set in rural Colombia.

The tale follows the Madrigals, who live in an enchanted place where every child gets extraordinary powers, or an encanto — except one.

Mirabel, 15, is the odd one out, and she struggles to find her place in her family. However, when her family’s magic becomes endangered, she must use her ordinary gifts to save encanto. 

Latina actor Stephanie Beatriz, who recently starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights,” is the voice of Mirabel. “I’m Colombian on my father’s side, and playing this role fills me with immense pride," Beatriz said in a statement.

The film is directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush and co-directed by Cuban American writer and actor Charise Castro Smith, and it features music from Miranda.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Carlos Vives penned an original song for the film, titled “Colombia, Mi Encanto.” Vives, who is a native of Santa Marta, Colombia, said in a statement: “This song is a celebration of the magical diversity of Colombia. ... I can’t wait to see how the music will blend with the images and the characters inspired by the encanto of Colombians.”

Encanto features numerous dark-skinned Afro-Latino characters. Following the trailer's release, many on social media said it was a step in Afro-Latino representation. A user on Twitter wrote, "Seeing afro Latinos in Disney’s encanto is very pleasing to me.”

The discussion follows the recent conversations around "In the Heights," which has drawn praise for its virtually all-Latino cast and its portrayal of Latino life but has been criticized for not having a Black Latino as one of the main characters.

The "Encanto" voice cast also includes María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz and Carolina Gaitan.

“Encanto” arrives in theaters Nov. 24.

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