With its next feature Encanto, Disney swaps pure fantasy for magical realism

With its next feature Encanto, Disney swaps pure fantasy for magical realism


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Disney’s next animated feature, Encanto, has a lot of what you’d expect from the studio. It’s bright and colorful, telling the story of a magical family living in the mountains of Colombia, most of whom have been blessed with superpowers. It’s even a musical with songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. But despite the familiar fantasy trappings, it explores new territory for Disney: the narrative tradition of magical realism. “The magic is born out of a human need or drive,” Encanto co-writer and co-director Charise Castro Smith tells The Verge. “It’s all generated by relationships and what these characters are going through.”

Encanto tells the story of the Madrigal family, who lives in a magical home and go through a very unique experience…

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