Encanto is a delightful film, which breaks the Disney mould in many ways. Take the kids (or someone else’s kids) to go see this one on the school holidays.

What’s Encanto about?

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel (voice of Stephanie Beatriz). But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope. “Encanto” features original songs by Emmy®, GRAMMY® and Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”). 

The film deals with themes of the importance of family, coping with family dynamics, not being perfect, dealing with stress and pressure, as well as living up to others expectations.

Is Encanto worth seeing?

Yes, definitely. This film is a joyous expression of culture, visually stunning and bright, and with fun, catchy songs that will stick in your head. The story is heartfelt, sharing important life lessons without feeling preachy.

The animation is top- class, as you would expect from Disney, and the characters are interesting and delightfully flawed. You won’t find any princesses in this movie, which is a great thing.

Is Encanto safe for kids to watch?

Yes, this movie is safe. No swearing, and it isn’t as scary as other Disney films. The movie doesn’t even have an actual ‘typical’ villain. The plot may be a bit complicated for younger kids to follow, but the songs and visuals will help hold their interest.

Encanto opens in cinemas across Australia December 2.

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