Something I see Bruno doing with his family after the house is rebuilt!!
Him and Antonio would get all of their animal friends together, having a huge animal party pretty much. The rats would go between acting out story’s that Bruno told or nibbling on the food that was around. Were Antonio animal friends would be flying around or laying around him and his tio, watching the rat show.
With Camilo I can see Bruno taking him a bit from the house waiting for the perfect moment that Dolores was busy. He would pull out an old notebook, giving Camilo a shy smile before handing the book over. Camilo would be the one he would pass his old tricks and safe pranks to and of course tio Bruno would show Camilo that they still work even now. (But Bruno does keep his best ones to himself. He needs to make sure Camilo is ready for best Bruno pranks.)
With Dolores things would be more simple and relaxing. He would thank her for not telling anyone were he was hiding when he was living in the walls. Knowing how sometimes loud sounds still get to her even to this day. They would sit in her room simple reading and having conversations about books to life.
Isabela would be doing most of the talking, I don’t mean that in any way but excited. She would be showing Bruno of all the plants she could grow. She would somehow get Bruno to dance with the family like old times. Surprising Bruno dances better then most only to stop when everyone is staring. Isabela would smile and distracted him to forget everything but listening to the music just as he did for her as a child.
I can see Luisa and Bruno going off to were the donkeys graze so she could relax. He would show her how to make her own story’s so if she ever wanted to. I see Bruno trying to teach her to relax only to have it turned on him. The would both just lay back in the grass cloud watching till it was time to go home. Once dinner was done he would tell her stories of the stars in the sky.
With Felix and Agustin would pick Bruno up by the arms and pull him away from Casa. Now this is were poor Bruno regrets everything. They spend half the time running away from the bees chasing Agustin. (Having to go home to get some of Juliet’s food real quick.) Then the other half of the time Felix dragged them to a party that was happening at one of his friends house. Poor Bruno had to be coaxed out of the walls.
Juliet and Pepa would pull Bruno into the kitchen just like when they were all kids. They would all sit around the table just talking and telling jokes as if kids again. They would catch Bruno up on some of the things he had missed outside the walls. They would show him pictures of moments they thought he missed only for him to tell them he was there just in the walls. Bruno would then get more hugs from his sisters then he had in a while.
Alma and him would be a little bit more tense in the beginning of them spending time with each other. But things would be fine in no time, they would spend time each day drinking tea and talking. Alma is just happy to have her family back together.
Mirabel would be the one to coax Bruno to spend time outside of Casa. She just wants her tio Bruno to be happy, after hearing her mama and grandmother talking about someone he used to spend time with. She would bug him tell he told her stories of his childhood so she could figure out who this mystery person was. They both enjoy just spending time together.
When Bruno finally got a minute to breathe to himself. He walks into town taking a path he had taken many times before. He comes up to a green door, slowly raising his hand to knock. Taking a deep breath he knocks three times, he quickly pulled out the salt and surger he brought throwing them over his shoulders. As the door opens he hears his named whispered as if the voice couldn’t believe what they was seeing. Soon after he was pulled into a tight hug and the words I missed you whispered into his ear.
Bruno mentions one of the reasons he couldn't really leave is that "the mountains around the Encanto are pretty tall". We see those mountains go up in the flashback scene when the miracle happens for the first time. And after the argument between Abuela Alma and Mirabel when the house is breaking, we see those mountains crack open. It's through that crack that Mirabel is able to run away, all the way back to the river. Abuela mentions that she's "never been able to come back here". And she literally hasn't, because of the mountains that she put up between her and the river, between her and that moment. Mountains that were broken by Mirabel. I also think it's interesting that the only other person who was able to find them, Bruno, is the only person who ever truly tried to leave.
What if the reason Pepa was so antagonistic towards Bruno was because they use to be the closest siblings and she was hurt after he left? This would explain why she doesn’t want to talk about him or why she doesn’t want others to mention him.
She then makes it seem like her anger about him was because he “ruined” her wedding but in actuality she is just hurt and confused as to why he would leave without saying anything?
Cause Julieta looks like she’d be the responsible motherly type and especially with Alma’s obsession with making her kids “useful to the community”, I can imagine that she was probably always too busy with cooking healing food to play with her siblings.
So at home it’ll usually just Pepa and Bruno together, whose gifts are less “practical” and also not as easy or possible to control.
You can see how quickly she rushed over to hug him.
And how Bruno puts up his palm in a 👋 motion not expecting a full on hug. They’re so cute.
Speaking of Pepa, imagine having your emotions broadcasts 24/7. She can’t even turn it off. At least Bruno can just choose to stop using his gift. And her “gift” manifests in such a physical way that any negative feelings causes inconvenience if not downright danger to herself and those around her.
Just look at the bags under her eyes. Imagine having to bottle up your emotions 24/7 and every time you show even the slightest upset or worry people are telling you to “just stop feeling those feelings, it’s making us uncomfortable”. Every time she has any sort of emotion, it’s not “Pepa, what’s wrong?“ but instead, “Pepa, the cloud”.
Bruno telling Pepa he loves her for how she is and that she shouldn’t have to bottle it up made my heart turn to mush with love.
Okay I want to say something about the ending of Encanto. (spoilers below)
As I was watching this scene with Mirabel and Abuela, I started feeling somewhat sad/bitter in a way of "this is a good message, even if unrealistic. This is a kids movie, so the positive message is necessary and hopeful, but the ending afterwards couldn't happen in real world."
But here's the thing; This COULD happen, it is realistic! Why?
Because Abuela Alma Madrigal was the one to go and search for Mirabel. She wasn't seething somewhere and blaming her grand daughter. She was looking for her just like everyone else in the village.
When she found her, she didn't yell at her or push her even lower and pile layers and layers of guilt onto her. Mirabel laying out the truth of who Alma has become while she was trying to preserve the miracle her husband left behind, and also assuring the community (and herself) that they will not lose this home, clearly opened her eyes. And the reality struck deep.
Alma apologized to Mirabel. She shared her story, her pain and apologized for blaming Mirabel. This is what makes the happy ending of the movie possible and beliavable and as realistic as a magical Disney movie can get;
An old woman who is a powerful figure in the community, made the first move and acknowledged the wrong she caused, and her granddaughter was willing to understand and remind her that the family is able to overcome and fix anything, as long as they do it together.
It wasn't Mirabel or the family pushing Alma to do this; Alma decided to share what she went through and didn't use it to try and justify her behaviour, or ask for forgiveness.
Again, this doesn't mean that all is forgotten; she still hurt her family, even if she did not mean for that to happen. If her family members were more bitter, or she simply gave an apology and returned to the same behaviour before everyone lost their magic, there would be no fixing.
But she tries. And Mirabel understands and helps. Everyone helps and together they form an imperfect, flawed family, that still loves eachother. And that will absolutely have to navigate around the things they learned and realized.
If Alma wasn't the one to find Mirabel, if she didn't admit the truth herself and acknowledged it, and if Mirabel didn't acknowledge her Abuela' suffering and bravery, extending a hand and a chance of change with help, the movie would end very differentely.
I wanted to write this, because my self projection on the family dynamics and Mirabel as the protagonist, muddled the details of what was actually happening right in front of my eyes. Maybe it happened to someone else as well, so I wanted to add my two cents to the ever growing wonderful amount of posts where people point these details out.
Abuela Alma was willing to accept change when it was offered, after admiting her wrongs. And that's what makes the difference.
I have now seen the film now, unlike the last couple of headcanons I posted.
1. It took the Madrigals and the village a year to rebuild their house, during which they stayed in two empty houses. [the houses being empty because two different sets of elderly people had unfortunately died. It was a fact they didn’t like to dwell on as they lay in the beds] It was a tight squeeze and tensions ran high at several points during their stay. At least back in the casita they did have their own rooms and their own space. That had all gone.
2. Alma chose to stay with Pepa and her family. Even though they had talked she still felt a little awkward around Mirabel - realising how much she had unintentionally made her feel terrible - and thought that giving her and other two granddaughters space would help. It did not. Mirabel just thought she was ‘avoiding’ her and got annoyed about it. It was Bruno who brought this to his mothers attention and - to give her credit - she was over to the other house like a shot when she realised she was seemingly repeating past events again.
3. Luisa was a bit up and down over the year as well. At least ten years of burdening herself and not being honest about how she feels with herself had taken it’s toll and she was soon back to her old habit of trying to help everybody again. She kept forgetting she didn’t have her full strength and would just automatically go to lift something and end up injuring herself. The first time it was an accident and quickly smoothed over. The second time she was told to be careful, the third time she was told it more forcefully [but still kindly] by her mamá and papá, by the tenth time her papá decided it was time to sit down and have a proper talk with her.
Luisa at first tried to play off like everything was fine, but her papá could tell something wasn’t right. While everything had been going on with the casita and Mirabel and...everything it hadn’t been the right time to ask her, but now. He asked her - somewhat out the blue - to name three good qualities about herself that didn’t relate to her gift.
Luisa struggled. The first one she wanted to say was ‘I’m strong.’ That obviously went out the window. The second one she wanted to say was ‘I can help people’ but she felt that related to closely to her strength, so didn’t say that. Ten seconds of her struggling later and she started crying. Agustin was round there comforting her like he was the Flash or something.
Her reassured her that she could talk any time she liked and that she didn’t need to keep all her emotions kept up inside her. It was then that Luisa realised she’d been supressing her emotions for so long that now she was trying to express them it was a bit like opening floodgates instead of a tap. When she told her dad this, he laughed and said he’d take opening floodgates over her drowning any day.
They hugged and cried.
4. Talking of Agustín - he took a long time to forgive Alma for her treatment of her other two granddaughters during the whole ‘casita’ incident. Her not seeming to show Luisa any sympathy whatsoever really riled him up and he still finds it difficult to talk about the incident a year on. He did understand that marrying into the Madrigal family would mean any children he had would have these ‘gifts’ [in theory] but he hadn’t quite realised how difficult that would be for them [the children] to deal with.
The really annoying thing - for him at least - is that he remembers how nice Alma used to be until the whole ‘preserving the miracle’ thing became her main thought [He will admit however, that this change happened after Bruno left and he seriously thinks it was part of her coping strategy for dealing with it] and a lot of his anger during the ‘casita’ incident was him not being able to believe that the same women who welcomed him into her family with open arms was now essentially implying - via refusing to discuss it properly - that her granddaughters gift fading was something really bad.