We all know how talented Lin-Manuel Miranda is and the majestic creativeness behind all his works of art. Today I’m sharing Lin-Manuel’s newest animated film project with the Disney Studio. Read on for more information.
Who Is Lin-Manuel Miranda?
For those of you that are not familiar with Lin-Manuel’s name you will immediately recognize his many works in the film and theatrical industry.
Have you ever heard of Moana? Hamilton? Mary Poppins? Well, you can thank Lin-Manuel Miranda for these works!
Miranda was born in New York City. He first began as a creator and starring in Broadway musicals.
His first production was “In the Heights”, and Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the 2008 Broadway musical.
In 2015, Miranda gained a wider recognition for writing the script, music and lyrics for the popular cultural phenomenon Broadway hit, Hamilton.
In the winter of 2013, Miranda interviewed with the Walt Disney Animation Studios by submitting a six-song demo package.
This was just the beginning of his career with Disney.
Miranda’s Collaborations with Disney
Miranda is credited for writing and performing music for the animated film Moana in 2014. In 2015, he composed a song for a particular scene in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In 2018, Miranda voiced the character of Fenton in Disney Channel’s 2017 reboot of DuckTales.
Miranda played Jack, Bert’s former chimney sweeper apprentice, in Mary Poppins Returns in December 2018.
In 2019, he yet again collaborated and composed a song for a particular scene in the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
In April of 2020, Alan Menken and Miranda both collaborated to write four new songs for the upcoming live action film The Little Mermaid.
On December 10, 2020, Disney announced Miranda’s newest project with the Walt Disney Company.
The animated film set in Colombia is about:
“the dangerously wonderful chaos of family” and contains elements of “magical realism.”
The name of the film derives from the Spanish word for “charm” or “spell.”
The film’s team includes Byron Howard (Zootopia), Jared Bush (Zootopia), and Charise Castro Smith (The Haunting of Hill House).
Disney provided the official first look trailer to the film.
It begins with a very recognizable Latin beat as a blue butterfly who sits on a blade of grass with flowers all around flies into the sky towards an illuminated two story house with the majestic hills of Colombia complete with a rainbow.
The trailer continues as viewers hear the words “Colombia” sung continuously as the front door of the house opens with bursting rays of sunshine.
Thousands of golden butterflies fly across the screen before it transitions to the title of the film.
An Ode to Gabriel Garcia Marquez?
Personally, when I first watched the trailer, my heart skipped a beat as I watched the blue butterfly flit across the screen and then the array of the golden butterflies at the end of the trailer.
Why you ask? If you are familiar with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the famous Colombian writer, then you will remember his affinity for including butterflies in many of his literary works.
Marquez’s style of writing is famously known as magic realism which means that the world is still grounded in the real world but fantastical elements are considered normal.
For example, in the famous 1967 novel, 100 Years of Solitude, a host of yellow butterflies continuously followed the character, Mauricio Babilonia.
In fact, yellow was his favorite color!
He also used it to symbolize a forbidden lover’s arrival as well as a metaphor for change and destruction.
It seems from the trailer that butterflies will play a role in the film.
I may personally be looking into the butterflies depicted a bit much, but it seems to indicate that they will play a role in the animated film one way or another. Either way, I’m so excited to learn more about this animated featured film!
Encanto will be released in theaters in 2022.