Arturo Uslar Pietri spoke of magical realism as an enduring way of considering man “a mystery amid real facts.” Although that magic of which the Venezuelan author spoke referred more to a literary phenomenon than to a metaphysical condition, the truth is that, for those of us who come from South America, magic is not inseparable from reality.
That Alejo Carpentier’s “marvelous real” is now a source of inspiration for Disney, the industry of magic by definition, who has released the trailer for its 60th animated feature, “Encanto.”
As described by Variety, “Encanto” is set in Colombia and follows the members of a family who possess magical powers, such as super-strength, shape-shifting, and the ability to control animals and plants.
However, Mirabel, voiced by “Brooklyn” Nine-Nine” and “In the Heights” star Stephanie Beatriz, is the only person who doesn’t possess a special gift — until her family’s magic is compromised.
“I’m Colombian on my father’s side, and playing this role fills me with immense pride,” Beatriz said in a statement.
The film is directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith, and features music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
According to NBC News, “Encanto” will also feature an original song composed by award-winning singer-songwriter Carlos Vives, a native of Santa Marta, Colombia.
“This song is a celebration of the magical diversity of Colombia,” Vives said in a statement. “I can’t wait to see how the music will blend with the images and the characters inspired by the charm of Colombians.”
The voice cast of “Encanto” also includes Maria Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz and Carolina Gaitan.
The film will hit theaters on November 24.