i have this headcanon for Encanto based on a sketch that i saw. i forgot who the user was, but it was basically Pepa being mad at Bruno for giving her boyfriend a vision when they were younger. it also included something along the lines that her previous boyfriends ran off when Pepa had any emotion that gravely impacted the weather and based on that information i can just imagine:
younger Pepa thinking that Félix will be the same after breaking down crying, as a gigantic, storming, rain cloud sits over her head, a storm brewing above the Encanto. she knows what's coming, and she prepares to have to start over again after another heartbreak. but to her surprise, she's met with two large arms embracing her, as Félix holds her while they both sit under the rain cloud, both getting entirely soaked. and that's how she knew he was the one.
Y’know, one of the things I noticed while watching the film is that unlike most other movie musicals, Encanto feels like an animated Broadway musical, rather than just an animated movie musical
Does that make any sense?
Like, Lin has been working on Broadway since ‘08 so obvi the music sounds fit for modern-day Broadway productions
But scenes/numbers like these? Choreography and blocking like this? The fact that they could get away with using a single set for the majority of the show like Hamilton and Hadestown, or rotating/changing set pieces like Mary Poppins, The Addams Family and Beetlejuice?
I can totally see stuff like this in a Broadway setting
Maybe it’s just Lin’s Broadway influence, but it just kinda feels like Encanto was made to be fit for a Broadway production (eventually)
Or maybe it’s just me and I’m overthinking things 🤷🏽♀️
Lin Manuel Miranda’s overlapping technique is reminiscent of an actual madrigal.
A madrigal is musical genre going back to the renaissance period. It's made of poetry sung to multiple overlapping melodies that weave in and out of each other, creating dissonance and beautiful harmonies, as well as the lyrics complimenting each other in places.
I was in a madrigal choir. It was a fun challenge. He may have studied madrigals, modified what he liked, and added it in as a slice of his own style...which is genius. Absolute genius.
Considering what a madrigal is, and what the family in Encanto is like (all families, really), giving them the surname of Madrigal is deliciously poetic.
i really think that after Casita was rebuilt, Abuela stopped wearing her hair in the hairstyle we saw for most of the movie and went back to her braids to represent her letting go of the need to be perfect
Camilo was close with Bruno as a kid, and Bruno’s true gift being “acting”, Camilo became a theater kid. This is why his gift is shapeshifting. As an actor he would constantly shift into other people, and this became reflected in his power.