Encanto is not a typical Disney movie.
It puts the culture of Latin Americans at the forefront, and it also features heroes of other races.
The sixtieth animated film from Disney Studios is a suitable starting point for conversations about difference.
It tells the story of the Colombian Madrigal family, who live in a magical house.
It gave a special power to each member of the family, only the main character Mirabel was left without.
The film represents a culture that we don’t see often in movies, points out American pediatrician Candice Jones.
It is important that children see more such content, as this gives them a sense of belonging. This is good for society as a whole. We do not need a colour-blind society, but a society that sees value in everyone.Candice Jones
Disney movies have featured a selection of Latin American heroes in the past, but they have only played a supporting role.
Encanto also intertwines themes related to the lives of refugees. It touches on migration issues and problems that can be passed on to future generations.
The main message of the film is that each person has a special gift. It doesn’t matter what you do, but who you are.
The film is also popular with critics: it won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film.
And the music from the film reached the top of the Billboard charts, replacing an album by the singer Adele.
Points To Consider
- What atypical cartoons do you know?
- What gift do you have?
- Why is it important to accept difference?
The original version of this article was published on February 28th.