Over the past year, The Walt Disney Company’s 60th animated feature film, Encanto (2021), has dominated streaming charts, record lists and many people’s living rooms with its colorful magical family and catchy album of songs. In addition to the original version of Encantowhich was released in November 2021 before quickly moving to Disney+ on Christmas Eve, there will be three different ones Encantoby December this year.
Here is an overview of all current versions of Encanto.
What is Encanto?
Encanto is the 60th animated classic from Walt Disney Animation Studios and comes from directors Jared Bush and Byron Howard, and co-director Charise Castro Smith. The magical adventure musical follows the Madrigal family, which is mostly made up of uniquely gifted individuals blessed with miracles and helping the town where they live. The feature film is led by Stephanie Beatriz’s Mirabel Madrigal as she follows a trail of potential destruction that will ultimately reveal everything she – and her family – have ever known. Disney’s official description of Encanto is as follows:
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ENCANTO tells the story of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a lively city, in a wonderful, enchanted place called an Encanto. The magic of Encanto has blessed each child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary madrigal, may just be her exceptional family’s last hope.
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The film was a sleeper hit. Opening to a lukewarm reception of just $200 million at the global box office, the film became a viral sensation when it landed on Disney’s streaming platform Disney+. Thanks to lively music and lyrics from Germaine Franco and Lin-Manuel Miranda, songs like “The Family Madrigal,” “Surface Pressure,” “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “What Else Can I Do?” took over social media, sending “Bruno” to number one in the US Billboard Hot 100, surpasses Disney’s Frozen (2013) anthem “Let It Go”. The Encanto The soundtrack was also a success, reaching the top spot in the US Billboard 200 – the first Disney film album to do so since Frozen II (2019).
At the 94th Academy Awards, the critically acclaimed film Encanto was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature, winning the latter.
Who’s in Encanto?
Encanto features the voice talents of Stephanie Beatriz (Maribel Madrigal), María Cecilia Botero (Abuela Alma Madrigal), John Leguizamo (Bruno Madrigal), Mauro Castillo (Félix Madrigal), Wilmer Valderrama (Agustin Madrigal) Jessica Darrow (Luisa Madrigal), Angie Cepeda (Julieta Madrigal), Carolina Gaitán (Pepa Madrigal), Diane Guerrero (Isabela Madrigal), Rhenzy Feliz (Camilo Madrigal), Ravi Cabot-Conyers (Antonio Madrigal), Adassa (Dolores Madrigal), Maluma (Mariano Guzman) and Alan Tudyk (Pico) .
Versions of Encanto on Disney Plus
Which versions of Encanto Is it on Disney Plus?
The first Encanto landing on Disney+ was of course the original. The Colombian Madrigal family stole the hearts of the world with their complicated relationships, extended relationships and an assortment of personalities. Encanto began streaming on December 24, 2021, becoming the first movie on Disney+ to reach 200 million streaming hours on the platform. According to The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek, Encanto is classified as a franchise.
Encanto: Sing-Along Version (2022)
On March 18, 2022, Disney released the second version of the Encanto on Disney+ for subscribers. Silently advertised on YouTube, the Encanto sing-along adaptation of the beloved film would give fans everything they loved about the original except this time with the song lyrics embedded in the story – not that many actually needed the extra help due to how popular songs like “Waiting on a Miracle”, “Dos Oruguitas”, and “All of you” is. This version of the Encanto was announced with a new trailer, which can be seen below!
Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl (2022)
By the end of December, there will be three versions of Encanto on Disney+ after Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl debuting on December 28, 2022. The concert performance of the Disney film will be filmed live when it plays at the iconic Los Angeles venue in November before heading to the Disney streamer before the end of the year, exclusively for subscribers. About the event, a recent Disney press release noted:
Enter Casa Madrigal for a one-of-a-kind concert spectacular as the original voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Oscar®-winning “Encanto” reunites at the Hollywood Bowl. [Along with the cast] legendary Colombian superstars and multiple Latin GRAMMY winners Carlos Vives and Andrés Cepeda, “Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl” turns the historic venue into the world of the animated film that became a global phenomenon.
Featuring an 80-person orchestra, 50 dancers and out-of-this-world special effects, this live-to-film concert experience gives viewers a front-row seat to the one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza celebrating the world, characters and songs of Disney Animation’s “Encanto.”
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In the same release, Disney+ president Alisa Bowen said:
This holiday season, Disney+ opens the doors to Casa Madrigal once again for a dazzling musical experience that will celebrate the magic and wonder of ‘Encanto’ in a whole new way.”
While the majority of Encantothe cast returns for Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl, there are some notable exceptions like John Leguizamo as the fan favorite, Bruno Madrigal. The production is brought to the Hollywood Bowl by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney Concerts, Fulwell 73 Productions, AMP Worldwide and Live Nation-Hewitt Silva.
Will there be one Encanto sequel?
While Encanto surely lives on on the screens of homes around the world, and in theme parks such as Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, many Disney fans yearn for a follow-up to the magical film and a continuation of the adventures of Mirabel and the rest of the Madrigal family.
Back in March, director Jared Bush – who was also a co-director Zootopia (2016) and wrote Moana (2016) – shared a cryptic tweet showing that the creative team is on board for the ride. He said:
Last tweet: I promised a secret if you found it. There are TWO miracles in #Encanto: Abuelas, born of love for family, embodied by her candle, flame-colored magic, the other: Mirabels, born of the same, embodied in the casita, its colors … everyone’s. What’s next…I hope we’ll see.
Last tweet: I promised a secret if you found it. There are TWO miracles in it #Encanto: Abuelas, born of love for family, embodied by her candle, flame-colored magic, the other: Mirabels, born of the same, embodied in the casita, its colors… everyone’s. What’s next… I hope we’ll see.🦋 pic.twitter.com/05qNs3Uyez
— Jared Bush (@thejaredbush) March 23, 2022
There are several directions Encanto sequel could be taken; from the origins of Miracles to other miraculous extraordinary families to a new generation of Madrigals harnessing their powers, the franchise can definitely expand, and if the first film is anything to go by, there will be an audience waiting for it.
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