‘Encanto’ Praised for its Breathtaking Animation and Catchy Songs

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: November 30, 2021  

‘Encanto’ is Disney Animation’s 60th film and has been praised by film critics for its breathtaking animation style, diversity and  catchy songs. It currently holds a 95% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes from over 100 reviews. 

The movie centers on the Madrigals, a family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a place called the Encanto.

This quirky family had magical powers bestowed upon them by a magical candle four generations ago and on their 5th birthday, every Madrigal gains a super power. Except Mirabel.For what she lacks in magic powers, Mirabel compensates with charm and wit. She’s the funnest kid in the house. One day Mirabel discovers that the family’s magic is waning and goes on a mission to find out why and what can be done to save it.

Here’s what film critics have to say about Encanto

“The computer animation, among the best of any major studio in recent years, features a dazzling confabulation of hues and a meticulous weaving of precious details – like the embroidery on the skirts, the golden brown rind of an arepa cheese and the selection of native Colombian flora, ”said Maya Phillips, writer for the New York Times.

“From ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ to ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’, Walt Disney Animation Studios has spent the past eight decades perfecting their signature riff on the classic hero’s journey,” Caroline Siede wrote in her film review for Club AV. “So it’s a bold move that for its 60th feature film, ‘Encanto’, the studio overturns so many of these classic tropes.

“The songs, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, are contagious and contagious, weaving clever words and unapologetically romantic; they keep the film in great shape,” Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review of the film for Variety. 


Here are 5 reasons you and the kids should watch Encanto:


  • Lin-Manuel’s music in Encanto is amazing. He wrote for Moana so you know he’s good.
  • The Afro-latino representation in this film is culturally important for African kids.
  • Encanto offers kids a glimpse of what it’s like living in Colombia and also has some history nuggets in it.
  • Mirabel is relatable to so many young girls. 
  • The amazing ratings. This movie is a hit!


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About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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