What do you mean we don’t talk about Bruno? These days, it seems like everyone is doing just that. Disney’s hit animated musical Charm opened in theaters in November and. The coronavirus pandemic may have limited Enchantment’s time in theaters, but on Disney Plus it can be seen again and again. And with his catchy Lin-Manuel Miranda songs like We Don’t Talk About Bruno and Surface Pressure, it’s easy to do just that.
If you’re spending an inordinate amount of time in the world of Enchantment, here are 13 fun facts you might not know about the world of the magical Madrigal family.
Warning: spoilers for Enchantment below.
What does the title Charm mean?
You can translate “encanto” from Spanish to mean charm, or think of it as enchantment or enchantment. Not only is the casita en Encanto enchanted with magic, but the entire Madrigal family carries that charm and pure joy with them.
Lin-Manuel Miranda inspired many Bruno memes
Actor John Leguizamo voices Bruno, the Madrigal member the family doesn’t talk about (except they totally do). The Madrigals are a Colombian family, and Leguizamo himself was born in Bogotá, Colombia, so the casting seems spot on there. But many fans saw a resemblance between Bruno and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, both in appearance and in the importance of his role. While Miranda hasn’t said publicly that he ever thought of playing the part himself, the idea of him playing the part has inspired plenty of memes.
“Just saw a TikTok from a guy who said Bruno Madrigal would look like Lin-Manuel Miranda if Hamilton never made it to Broadway,” one fan tweeted.
Another said: “How many people do you think it took to stop Lin from giving Bruno a voice?”
Bruno hides in the movie poster.
Take a good look at the Encanto poster, crowded with the Madrigal family. It’s not that…yes, it’s Bruno, the mysterious Madrigal the family doesn’t like to talk about, hiding under his green cloak on the far left of the poster, next to a tree trunk.
Beauty and the Beast inspired the opening song.
Remember the opening number of Beauty and the Beast from 1991, in which Belle wanders through her town singing about the people she meets there? That concept inspired Miranda’s opening number in Encanto, The Family Madrigal, in which Mirabel introduces her magical relatives and their powers.
“Beauty and the Beast, Belle really inspired me for our opening number,” Miranda told the Los Angeles Times. “We wanted to bring the complexity of a family to the screen. And that means putting our arms around them, not letting them drift away in the process of the story, where you tend to focus on the main character and their quest. We have to be super clear about who is it, how do they relate, what can they do, and how does that relate to our main character.”
Mirabel’s skirt pays tribute to her relatives
Clothes matter at Enchantment. All of Mirabel’s family members have a symbol somewhere on their clothing indicating their gift. (Look for the weights on Luisa’s super-strong skirt, or Pepa’s sun earrings, appropriate since her emotions control the weather.) But Mirabel, who starts the movie without any gifts, has them all embroidered on her skirt, including a candle for Abuela. ; a chameleon for the changeable Camilo; animals for Antonio; and more.
“My favorite detail of Encanto is that all the characters have a symbol of their miracle embroidered on their clothes, except Mirabel who has symbols of her entire family,” a fan tweeted.
Take a good look at Agustín’s outfit, too
Mirabel’s dad, Agustin, also represents his family in his outfit, notes Encanto director Jared Bush.
“Agustín incorporated his three daughters into his outfit: a flower for Isabela, a sock with Luisa’s symbols, a sock in the style of Mirabel’s embroidery,” Bush explained in a tweet.
What is Mirabel’s gift in Enchantment?
Big spoilers, but when a young Mirabel tries to receive her magical gift, nothing seems to happen. It seems that she is the only Muggle of the Madrigal family, in terms of Harry Potter. But in the movie, when Mirabel is finally able to get her hand on a doorknob after her failed childhood attempt, the Madrigals’ magical little house comes to life. Perhaps your gift is the greatest, the power to keep your family, your home, and all your magical gifts apart, together, and prosperous.
Then again, the fact that he can’t plant churches or see visions of the future is shown to be less important than his love for his family. As one witty fan pointed out on Twitter, the film shows that “Mirabel is a capable, independent individual who deserves just as much love and acceptance as the rest of her family, and focuses a lot on a singular aspect of a person’s identity. It can be emotionally and psychologically damaging.
However, the audience still demands to know: “Okay, but what is your gift?”
Hercules and Cerberus
In Luisa’s super catchy song, Surface Pressure, she musically wonders, “Did Hercules ever say ‘Yo, I don’t want to fight Cerberus?'” Cerberus is the three-headed dog that guards the gates of the underworld in Greek mythology, but this could also be a reference to a Disney movie. In the 1997 Disney movie Hercules, strongman Herc tames Cerberus, so this reference could be a clever reminder of that movie.
Lin-Manuel’s sister inspired Luisa’s song
In Surface Pressure, Luisa sings about how the family’s burdens are often dumped on her without them asking, because they’re used to her carrying them without complaint. The song was inspired by Miranda’s own sister, Luz, who is six years older than him.
“She takes on a lot more responsibilities than I do. She was very aware that I was the little brother who got away with everything, so Surface Pressure is very much a love letter to my sister,” Miranda told The Washington. Post.
And Luz certainly sounds like Luisa, even in her abilities at a young age.
“I remember my parents waking up my sister to put together a He-Man game for Christmas before I woke up,” Miranda told Variety. “They wanted me to be fully assembled when I woke up on Christmas morning.”
In We’re Not Talking About Bruno, a character appears briefly but memorably, stating that Bruno told him his fish would die and his vision came true (even showing the fish floating upside down). That character was never introduced, but director Jared Bush told fans her name is “Mrs. Deadfish.” Translation? “Pezmuerto” means “dead fish”.
The lyrics to We Don’t Talk About Bruno state that he has a “seven-foot frame and rats on his back”, but when Bruno appears, he’s not that tall. For some reason, fans of the movie are very interested in Mirabel’s height.
Director Jared Bush tweeted: “Here’s an answer to a question I’ve been asked A LOT: ‘How tall is Mirabel?’ Official Answer: 5’2″ — all the other characters’ heights are relative to hers, so that’s all I have… except Bruno, who has, you know, a 7 foot frame and rats along his back.”
Meet Mirabel at Disney
Although the film only opened in November, Mirabel showed up at Disney’s California Adventure theme park in Anaheim, California for the winter break. A Disney representative did not immediately respond to a question about whether it will become a permanent presence at the theme park or if it will also appear at Walt Disney World in Florida.
nice to meet you old friend
Voice actors don’t always have to be in the same room to record their parts, and that’s been especially true during the coronavirus pandemic. Lin-Manuel Miranda said that he trained many of the singers via Zoom and that he didn’t meet many of them until the film’s release in November.
It’s not easy being green
Note the importance of the color green in the film, especially connected to two specific characters. Mirabel’s round glasses are bright green and Bruno hides under a green cloak. It’s no coincidence that these two have other things in common, especially when it comes to having unusual talents.
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