The lid may need simply been pulled again on an upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios characteristic. And what’s inside sounds actually, actually cool.
According to The DisInsider, Byron Howard and Jared Bush, two of the filmmakers behind 2015’s Oscar-winning blockbuster Zootopia, are exhausting at work on their subsequent characteristic. Tentatively titled Encanto, the report means that it considerations “a young girl and her family in Brazil, who all have magical powers, sadly, the young girl has no powers.” Sounds cool to us. Lin-Manuel Miranda will reportedly be writing the songs for the characteristic, which could have a script by Bush and Charise Castro Smith, with manufacturing duties being dealt with by Clark Spencer (who’s now additionally President of Walt Disney Animation Studios) and Yvett Merino Flores.
We reached out to Disney, who didn’t present official remark, however the whole lot within the report is smart.
Howard let slip years in the past that he was engaged on an authentic undertaking with Miranda (who labored on Moana, Mary Poppins Returns and whose Hamilton is about to debut on Disney+), and Bush was certainly one of Howard’s key collaborators, working additional time to get Zootopia collectively after seismic story modifications (he additionally co-directed that characteristic). Plus, Rich Moore, the opposite Zootopia director, lately left Disney for Sony Pictures Animation. Bush is an insanely gifted, hardworking creative powerhouse at Disney (he additionally obtained sole screenwriting credit score on Moana the identical yr Zootopia was launched) and would make an ideal match to work alongside Howard on this new undertaking.
Also, Walt Disney Animation Studios has been venturing out lately, focusing their animated options on numerous cultures and locales, together with Polynesia (Moana) and Asia (2021’s Raya and the Last Dragon). Brazil makes excellent sense because the setting for a forthcoming film. Not solely is it a wealthy, vibrant tradition, but it surely’s additionally an enormous marketplace for Disney product and a territory that Disney has flirted with for years. For a very long time the corporate has checked out Brazil as a doable location for the primary South American theme park, and proper earlier than the final D23 Expo in Anaheim, rumors swirled that Disney would announce a brand new Brazil pavilion for EPCOT in Florida. A brand new animated characteristic, set in Brazil, ought to get a few of these tasks off the bottom …
And, after all, Brazilian tradition has longstanding ties to Disney Animation. While Walt Disney and his group of animators have been on a goodwill tour of South America within the 1940s, Walt and the animators fell in love with Brazilian tradition, which led to the creation of José “Zé” Carioca. The dapper parrot appeared in animated package deal movies Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, and within the “Blame It on the Samba” section of Melody Time. Born in Rio de Janiero and initially voiced by Brazilian musician José Carioca, the character would go on to make quite a few appearances through the years, often alongside Donald Duck and Panchito Pistoles (the Mexican rooster). He is the very best.
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