Disney’s ENCANTO Unseats Adele to Top Billboard Charts
By Movieguide® Contributor
Disney’s ENCANTO unseated Adele’s 30 to take over the top spot on the Billboard 200 charts. It’s the first time a soundtrack has reached No. 1 in over two years, which was then held by another Disney blockbuster, FROZEN II in December 2019.
Fans of composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda have embraced the lively Colombian-inspired tunes of ENCANTO’s soundtrack and magical story.
According to Billboard’s data, the top songs from the are currently the cha-cha styled “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “Surface Pressure,” which according to Miranda is a love letter and apology to his older sister by six years for having had an easier life as the baby of the family compared to hers.
Miranda says he wanted to give the entire cast a chance to take part in a song that would showcase their individual characters, and so you will get to know members of the family who don’t get much screen time through their appearances in “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.”
Both the movie and soundtrack feature the vocal talents of Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz and Carolina Gaitan.
The authenticity of the music, the structure of the composition, and the theme of family throughout is what makes ENCANTO’s soundtrack so appealing and worth repeating to listeners.
Movieguide® offered this take on the uplifting story of ENCANTO:
ENCANTO is a lively animated musical from Disney. Mirabel is a 15-year-old teenager living in an isolated magical village in Columbia where every child who turns five receives a magical gift. Every child, that is, except her. Mirabel tries to keep a stiff upper lip about this situation, but she’s unhappy about it and has begun to grow resentful toward her older, beautiful, gifted sister who’s about to marry. Mirabel has a vision of their magical house breaking apart. She fears the family’s magic is in danger, but none of her family believes her, especially her grandmother. So, Mirabel decides to find out what’s happening and find a way to fix it.
ENCANTO is beautifully produced. The story and characters are funny, lively, exciting, and heartfelt. The animation is vibrant and lovely. ENCANTO sounds like it could be filled with witchcraft, but the movie states that family is the real magic. It contains overt Christian references, themes, images, and symbolism, which form the backdrop to the story and the magical plot. ENCANTO paints a rich, rewarding, heartwarming portrait of an extended family.