To celebrate the opening of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 60th feature film, “Encanto,” in U.S. theaters today, a new clip featuring the original song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”—written by Tony®- and GRAMMY®-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”)—is now available. The song, performed by voice cast members Carolina Gaitán (voice of Pepa), Mauro Castillo (voice of Félix), Adassa (voice of Dolores), Rhenzy Feliz (voice of Camilo), Diane Guerrero (voice of Isabela), Stephanie Beatriz (voice of Mirabel) & cast is a family gossip song, according to Miranda. “Every verse and every stanza introduce a different character,” he said. “They’re all riding the same musical landscape, but they ride it completely differently. Everyone sings the same chord progression with a totally different rhythm and a totally different cadence.”
John Leguizamo lends his voice to Bruno in the film. The character, who’s gifted with the ability to see the future, has made honest but often doomsaying predictions that have proved problematic for the family, so he disappeared, becoming the uncle nobody talks about—unless, of course, somebody talks about Bruno—in song. “I think every family has stories you’re not allowed to talk about—we all have land mines inside our families,” said Miranda. “The more forbidden something is, the more you want to talk about it.”
From Walt Disney Records, the Encanto Original Motion Picture Soundtrackfeatures eight original songs by Miranda with original score by award-winning composer Germaine Franco (“Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” “Little,” “Tag”). The physical soundtrack will be available on Dec. 17 and is available for pre-order.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
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. The film is directed by Jared Bush (co-director “Zootopia”) and Byron Howard (“Zootopia,” “Tangled”), co-directed by Charise Castro Smith (writer “The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez”), and produced by Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer; the screenplay is by Castro Smith and Bush. “Encanto” features original songs by Emmy®, GRAMMY® and Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”); Germaine Franco (“Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” “Little,” “Tag”) composed the original score.