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Here’s an answer to a question I’ve been asked A LOT - “how tall is Mirabel?!” Official answer: 5’2” - all other characters’ heights are relative to hers, so that’s all I got… except Bruno who has, you know, a seven foot frame and 🐀🐀🐀 along his back. #Encanto
Based on this, I used this photo:
And several shots from the movie to figure out the rough relative height for the rest of the 15 years and over characters.
So left to right
Luisa: 6'4" / 193 cm
Isabela: 5'5" / 165.1 cm
Julieta: 5'4" / 162.6 cm
Agustin: 5'10" / 177.8 cm
Alma: 5'4" / 162.6 cm
Mirabel: 5'2" / 157.5 cm
Bruno: 5'4" / 162.6 cm
Camilo: 5'3" / 160 cm
Pepa: 5'6" 167.6 cm
Felix: 5'4" / 162.6 cm
Dolores: 5'5" / 165 cm
Antonio could be between 3'6"-3'8" (106.7 cm - 111.7 cm), but he's still only 5 so his height can change with time.
Edit: Seeing a lot of people complaining about them being so short. Need I remind you the average height for Colombians is 5'7" for men, and 5'2.5" for women in modern times. It would have been shorter in the movie's time period. Camilo is still only 15 and he could easily have another growth spurt.
Just going to give the evidence to support heights for certain characters
Keep in mind, curly hair -depending on volume- also adds to perceived height. As someone with curly hair much like the characters in Encanto, I accounted for that.
(smacks casita) this baby can fi-- (a tile falls from the roof and brains me with deadly accuracy)
[ID: a set of grayscale busts of the madrigals from encanto in a loose sketch style, referenced from stills of the movie. one: abuela alma in 3/4 view, smiling softly out at an unseen point, and mirabel in profile, smiling warmly ahead. two: dolores, beaming for the family picture, and isabela, gazing up with a slightly strained smile, flowers in her hair. three: camilo, eyes downcast and smiling sheepishly, and bruno, worriedly staring off in the distance. four: luisa, head cocked to her left, winking, and antonio, one shoulder up in a shrug, head tilted to his right. five: agustín and julieta, gazing into each other's eyes and smiling. six: félix and pepa, grinning widely at each other. end ID.]
Imagine Antonio desperately trying to ask the animals where Mirabel is after the house is destroyed and she runs away, but he can’t understand them! 😭
oh no oh nooo why would you say this!! having the animals and Mirabel leave all at once, he would be absolutely distraught ;n;
Félix Madrigal is 1000000000% the type of dad who would wear matching earmuffs with Dolores when she has to wear them for sound deprivation so she doesn't feel uncomfortable dont @ me.
Camilo: Mami and Antonio want to learn how to play Cards Against Humanity.
Camilo: There is no way this could possibly go wrong.
Camilo: I'm grounded.
Use my room!
notes from Encanto: A Tale of Three Sisters
Isabela is jealous that Mirabel isn’t burdened by a gift and can do whatever she wants
would offer her help but thinks that she would snap at her because she ‘always wants stuff done her own way’
sometimes wishes her gift was more helpful like her mother’s
when she makes a mistake she pushes it onto Mirabel because she recognizes that she isn’t allowed to make a mistake but Mirabel is
she made Mirabel a little daisy necklace before her ceremony
she’s nervous around Abuela
“Abuela’s stern voice disrupts the quiet of the courtyard. I’m not sure where she came from but she is standing over Mirabel, watching her do her project. That would make me so nervous.”
Luisa thinks that she’s ‘not supposed to get tired or worn out’ and hopes Abuela doesn’t notice when she does
everyone loves her hugs because she’s strong and she really wants a hug
Isabela made her a flower crown on her ceremony day
Mirabel decorated the nursery’s ceiling with pictures representing family members
Pepa = rainbows, Isabela = flowers, Luisa = boulders, Julieta = arroz con pollo
“I watch Abuela smile at her daughters and her grandchildren. Why doesn’t she smile at me like that?”
apparently they can feel Casita ‘smiling with pride’
“I’m not sure what to do. I want to comfort her because that’s my duty as the oldest sister, but I don’t want Abuela to be angry with me, too.”
Luisa’s room is a gym
“I don’t remember the family having that much fun on my gift day. Mostly everyone wanted to watch me do tricks with my brand new strength. You know –lifting heavy things, moving houses and churches, digging deep holes. Honestly, I felt a little like a performer at a circus. I still do, actually.”
she has the slightest bit of repressed anger/irritation
Mirabel thinks everything comes easily to Luisa and is irritated that she does everything everyone asks of her except what Mirabel asks
Luisa never cries, gets tired, or takes naps
Isabela feels like Mirabel is lucky for not being responsible for anything
she thinks Mirabel is Agustín’s favorite child, and that she needs to try harder for him to like her
she envies Mirabel because she doesn’t need to care about what others think of her
Félix and Agustín are good friends
parallels between Bruno’s room in the walls and Mirabel’s nursery room
Luisa doesn’t believe that Mirabel disturbed Antonio’s gift ceremony on purpose
isn’t emotionally strong and will cry when yelled at, and is impressed that Mirabel can stand up to Abuela
“I back up into the shadows a bit. Just because I’m strong– I used to be strong (don’t cry, don’t cry) –doesn’t mean my grandmother doesn’t frighten me a little, especially when she’s mad.”
Luisa has a panic attack during the final confrontation between Mirabel and Abuela Alma when the house is crumbling down
“I knew it. I knew it was my fault. Why can’t I be everywhere at once?”
she’s afraid of the dark
Abuela thinks Mirabel is similar to Pedro
Bruno’s ostarization from the family was the beginning of the cracks
before Casita was destroyed, Isabela refused hugs
Dolores becomes much more talkative after the destruction of Casita
the doors become representative of the family members’ entire personalities, instead of just their gifts
Figured out the placements of the doors and entrances to rooms. And where Mirabel's door would have showed up.
✧･ﾟ: *✧･ﾟ:* 🦋 *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧
the family madrigal :]
THEY HAVE THE SAME SMILE GOODNIGHT
Mama’s boys & daddy’s girl
"Encanto" is one of the best Disney movies ever, and here's why
1. Representation of mental health in a children's movie
This movie so brilliantly showed mental health issues in many of it's characters. Mirabel thinks that she isn't good enough because of Abuela, which is a good sign of Avoidant Personality Disorder. Luisa obviously has crippling anxiety from the weight that's been put on her shoulders, and Bruno is showing hints of depression and anxiety as well.
As the oldest sibling of my family who had severe anxiety all my life, never have I ever related to Disney songs as much as "Surface Pressure" and "Waiting On A Miracle". I think it's beautiful how Disney made not one but two songs about mental illness, and dealing with it. It teaches kids to not hide their feelings!
2. Showing diversity by having a Colombian family as the main characters
This movie is one of the rare ones which don't have a white protagonist. I noticed that in the last few years Disney started showing more and more diversity with non-white female leads (Tiana, Moana, Raya, and now Mirabel), and I especially love how it's a family! A great detail that needs to be recognized is that even tho they do look alike (because they are a family), none of the characters look the same. I feel like in the older movies, even when there was some diversity, all people of color would look the same. It shows how much Disney has improved!
It also shows toxic family relations in Latina families, like how Abuela favorited others over Mirabel, especially because Mirabel is a middle child. This movie is on all levels so realistic. Besides the magic.
3. Having a strong female lead with realist proportions and an actual personality
Since the beginning of 2000 up until now, Disney and Pixar have been doing a great job at making characters with realistic, complex personalities, and it really shows. They really went from having white princesses being saved by a prince charming to strong, diverse women who have enthusiasm and take charge by themselves. Don't get me wrong, I still love the older white princesses, but I'm glad that nowadays every little girl can look at the screen and see a princess that looks like them! Disney still has a long way ahead of them when it comes to diversity (would it KILL you to make an LGBTQIA+ character?? Or a Muslim character??), but we gotta appreciate how far they came!
I also loved this movie for it's lack of small waists, for it's realistically sized noses and actual hips on characters. Feels good to have realistically proportionate people in cartoons, it reminds kids that all shapes and sizes are gorgeous!
4. Awesome plot and great animation
The plot and even the idea of "Encanto" is really interesting, and it isn't one of the classical, overused tropes. The story is very original, and it isn't the classical family cliché.
I loved the animation, it's really raw and full of emotion. There were some scenes I didn't believe were actually animated because of how good they are, like Abuela crying.
5. Having an amazing soundtrack written by the legend Lin-Manuel Miranda himself
Name one bad song from this soundtrack. I'll wait.
From the beat to the lyrics and even the placement of the songs in the right moment, everything about this soundtrack is awesome! The tunes are so catchy (everybody has "We Don't Talk About Bruno" stuck in their heads) that it still reminds you that it's a Disney movie, but the lyrics are so deep and meaningful and clever and touching. The way Dolores smugly hid the fact that she can actually hear Bruno thru the walls in "We Don't Talk About Bruno" and then asked Mirabel "Do you understand?" was brilliant.
Also, "Dos Origuitas" is 2021's version of "Remember Me" from Coco. It has the same sad but also beautiful vibe.
Pepa and Felix being the best married couple ever
I- They are seriously the cutest. Pepa is so interesting and weird, and Felix is such an awesome, supportive husband that it's practically impossible to not love them. Felix is the type of a guy that would cause an unexpected rain all over the Encanto just and only because he tickled Pepa so hard that she started crying (brb gonna go write a fanfic like this). They are awesome partners, and even more amazing parents.
If you say that you don't simp (or at least love them) for Dolores or Camilo (or in my case both), you are lying. I don't make the rules.
All in all, Encanto is an awesome movie, in all aspects. I can just tell that one day, in like 30 years, kids are gonna be watching and loving this movie like we love "Beauty And The Beast" today. This one is gonna be one of the classics.
Coming more and more around to the idea that the nature of each individual Madrigal gift is determined by each member's specific trauma.
Going down in order, we have:
Alma: who not only witnesses her husband's death, but also faces the imminent prospect of watching her infant children die at the hands of his murderers. Her gift not only provides them with the Casita to live in, but also blasts away their attackers (probably killing them in the process— good riddance) and raises up mountains around them and their community.
Later on, her gift also provides her children and her grandchildren with gifts of their own, thus ensuring their ability to protect themselves in the event of a future attack.
The triplets: who grew up in the shadow of their father's death, and in a community made up entirely of refugees who were forced to flee their homes literally just a few short years ago. Like there would not have been a single adult— or older child— around them in their childhood was not currently stuck processing incredibly recent trauma. Even if their own lives are fairly safe, this still 100% affects them.
Bruno: grows up hearing stories of how things were Before, when Before was like five years ago, and how quickly and terribly it all ended. He knows from a young age that Bad Things can happen at any time and that adults can't always stop them. His gift is the ability to see the future— specifically, to see the bad futures. Even if nobody can prevent the Bad Things, at least if he sees them coming in advance they might be able to escape more easily next time.
Pepa: grows up feeling a lot of strong Emotions about her father's death and her family's trauma in a community where nobody is really equipped to help her deal with those emotions because they're all still reeling from their own trauma and trying to rebuild their town.
Her mother's strategy for dealing with difficult situations is to downplay and Not Talk About It, so chances are that's how she tries to deal with Pepa. "You're throwing tantrums", "run off and play", "don't bother the grownups". Pepa's gift may be a huge fucking inconvenience for her, but it safely ensures that nobody can ignore how she feels anymore. The first time one of her tantrums results in a fucking hurricane, people are suddenly a lot more eager to help her feel better.
Juiletta: grows up in a community where literally everybody around her is hurting. Grows up with a brother who's an anxious wreck and a sister who's a powder keg. Grows up with a mother who is trying to simultaneously raise them and lead the community and process the Sudden Magic House and grieve her recently deceased husband. Grows up understanding that she has to be Helpful, and Good, because somebody in the family has to be not freaking out all the time.
Even if she can't fix the pain in her family's hearts, at least she can make them feel better by feeding them. And then she finds that her cooking can heal them in other ways as well.
Dolores: Grows up with a mother whose bad moods can trigger hurricanes. Not Pepa's fault in the slightest, she'd control it if she could, but Dolores still learns pretty early on that if you want to avoid getting rained on (or struck by lightning) then you have to make sure you're aware of how Pepa is feeling and what might be on course to upset her. Super hearing allows her to do this contantly.
Camilo: I've already written about him. Learned from watching Félix that the best way to deal with Pepa's anxiety spirals was to distract her with something positive, and started leaning into the role of family clown as a result. Even though his shapeshifting powers do have other applications, his main use for them seems to be to make people laugh.
Antonio: Youngest of the family by a significant amount, and the one who grew up with everyone in town whispering about him. His family mostly all have their own jobs to do supporting the town and don't necessarily have time to hang out with him. Even Mirabel would rather be out 'helping' her siblings.
Spends a lot of time hanging around with animals because animals are easier than people— animals don't spend all their time muttering when they think you can't hear about whether you're going to get a gift, and how awful it will be if you don't.
Isabela: Very aware as a kid of the clear difference how the townspeople treated her mother vs how they treated Pepa and Bruno. Everyone says that being a Madrigal and having a gift makes you special and important, but unspoken is the knowledge that you have to have the right gift.
Furthermore, as the first grandchild and a very pretty one, I do wonder if people didn't make one too many comments about her one day finding a husband while she was in earshot. Out of all her generation of Madrigal kids, she is the one who seems to have most taken on the responsibility of Continuing The Family Line, and her power— useful, not too inconvenient, and very aesthetically pleasing— seems to reflect this, which suggests she was aware of this responsibility (even if she didn't know exactly what it meant), from a very young age.
Luisa: Is three when her sister gets her gift and confirms her status as The Perfect One. Is well aware that she is The Plain One next to her, and is unlikely to be able to distinguish herself with visually impressive powers. But hey, at least she's helpful. Maybe that can be her Thing? After all, it seems like it worked out okay for her mother…
guys I think the guy bobbing his head during Dolores’ verse in We Don’t Talk About Bruno is not Bruno. That’s Camilo just vibing and waiting for his turn
I mean it can’t be Bruno - his eyes glow only during visions
Camilo: People who sleep with their phone on silent or DND really don't give a fuck about anybody.
Dolores: Look, if you decide to have a problem after midnight, that's between you and God.
Antonio: How do you set your phone to Dungeons and Dragons?