Well isn’t this charming.
Sure, the color-popping teaser for Walt Disney’s Encanto (which is Spanish for “charm”) doesn’t reveal much of anything, but it is, at least, the first peek at the legendary studio’s 60th animated feature-length film.
While no plot details or casting choices were divulged, the official logline for the Latino-culture story describes it as a tale that “takes you to Columbia, where a magical family lives in a magical home.”
Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush (of Disney’s Academy Award winning Zootopia), the film’s songs will be written by none other than multi-Tony award winning Hamilton scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda, who previously co-starred in the studio’s Mary Poppins Returns sequel and co-wrote songs for Moana. (The Disney Plus streamer also debuted the Original Cast stage recording of Hamilton this past summer.)
The first reveal of this magical adventure comes on the heels of Disney announcing that their 59th animated feature Raya and the Last Dragon will premiere simultaneously on Disney Plus when it opens in theaters on March 12, 2021. As with the live-action Mulan, Disney Plus will charge an extra $30 Premium Access fee to view Raya; it won’t be automatically available for all subscribers like Pixar’s Soul will be on Christmas Day 2020.
Co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith, Encanto opens in theaters next Thanksgiving on November 24, 2021.