Happy 1st Anniversary Encanto
Sorry, late upload. This was supposed to be ready by November 24th but I got a bit too busy and this piece took me forever to finish. My tablet broke and I just draw with my phone and finger.
Some of the characters may look off, but that’s probably just because I no longer have the time to fix the rest of my errors. Still hope you guys like it though! If you wanna see the speedpaint, it’ll be available on tiktok soon.
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small cultural & Colombia/Latin related details from Encanto 🇨🇴
the flowers on Isabela’s dress and in her hair - cattleya trianae orchids (may lilies), national flowers of Colombia
Camilo snapping his fingers when he is excited
Mirabel using her lips to point
flowered balconies (like in Cartagena)
ruanas (ponchos) that Bruno and Camilo wore
inviting the whole town/neighbourhood to a party
sombrero vueltiao - traditional Colombian hat
Isabela being covered in the colors of Colombian flag (🇨🇴) during her song
and many many more!
(this is for all the people who still say Encanto is not about Colombians ; sorry about the quality of the gifs)
fun fact: alma absolutely had no idea that her kids would get magic powers when they turned 5 . who was gonna tell her? the candle?
she just wakes up one morning and sees three new doors in her house that she assumes are for her three kids, maybe their magic house decided that they're old enough for their own rooms now bc it's their birthday
the funky lightshow when they touch the doors is overshadowed by the fact that her son's eyes immediately start glowing as wind whips around him and he turns to her holding up some strange green object and asks if they're really having a surprise party in town later
alma's shocked, she's even more shocked when a small rainbow appears over her daughter's head when she hears about the party, they all turn to look at julieta who just shrugs and pushes open her door to find a very cute child sized kitchen
the triplets are delighted to see that the rooms are bigger on the inside,
alma has to sit down somewhere and process whatever is happening
I think Antonio's reaction to his ceremony is the most telling sign that Alma was hurting the family. This little boy is scared, and on a night that should be the most exciting of his life. I mean, he was going to get a superpower. What kid wouldn't be bouncing off the walls with elation and impatience? He should've been running to that door, but instead he turned away and reached out for his cousin.
When we first meet him, he's hiding under a bed. He doesn't want to be seen or celebrated, because the expectations that have been placed on him are so heavy he doesn't want to face them. He's grown up seeing how the family treats Mirabel, as well as how she treats herself. He was unintentionally taught that in order to be special and loved, he needs a superpower. He wasn't taught that being normal is okay, he was taught that it's a disappointment. He was taught that he can only contribute to the family via magic or he's useless. Perhaps even worse than useless, a burden.
Ultimately, Alma began to value the gifts given by the miracle over her family, and I think that's why Mirabel's door disappeared. It was the candle's way of saying, "Look at your granddaughter. Look at who she is, not what power she might obtain." Gifted children are often mistreated, even if it doesn't seem like it. Luisa, for example, was praised for being strong, and because of her strength she was expected to shoulder every problem by herself. Isabela's gift seemingly bloomed perfection, and so she was expected to be perfect, even though there's no such thing. Alma's abuse effected everyone.
So then, why did the magic work for Antonio but not Mirabel? Well, I think there's two reasons. First, we have to look at the source. The magic manifested itself when Pedro sacrificed himself for his family, meaning the magic is reliant on a strong family dynamic. By the time Mirabel was born, Alma had turned the miracle into an almost cult-like practice, dressing the children in white robes and inviting the town to observe. It wasn't about family anymore, it was about the spectacle, so Mirabel's door faded away. That's not fair to Mirabel, but not all children are gifted. That doesn't mean their family should love them less.
In Antonio's case, however, Mirabel cared more about him than upsetting her grandmother. She wasn't supposed to walk with him, but she did because he needed her. He needed his family, not some fancy ceremony or magic power. In that moment, only Mirabel could help him, and she unknowingly rejuvenated the magic because she wanted to be there for her cousin. In the end, Mirabel's worth didn't depend on some magic gift, it depended on her love for her family.
Little Encanto Details From The Books, Part 2!
I was blown away by the response to my first post about this! (Read the first part here!) I went back through the two books and wrote down every tiny thing I could find. I think I won’t have any more until Disney releases a new book about Encanto, which hopefully they’ll do soon!
• Pepa and Agustín call Mirabel “Mira.”
• Bruno, if not the rest of the family, is Catholic (he crosses himself when meeting Antonio’s jaguar.)
• Abuela is considered the heart of the Encanto.
• Casita grows and expands to fit all the family members.
• Agustín and Félix are very close and are constantly talking.
• Isabela sometimes thinks it would be nice if she didn’t have a gift.
• While they’re both twenty-two, Isabela is older than Dolores.
• Antonio snores.
• The last time Abuela hugged Mirabel was before her failed Gift ceremony.
• The roof is Mirabel’s favorite spot in Casita.
• Casita likes being touched.
• Agustín is a pianist.
• Isabela always carries a handkerchief.
• After Luisa got her gift, she spent the rest of the night doing tricks with it for the townspeople.
• Luisa doesn’t care what she wears as long as it’s comfortable.
• Isabela drinks café con leche.
• Luisa’s ears turn red when she’s embarrassed.
• The man who told Luisa that the donkeys got out is named Señor Rendon, and he’s described as “sometimes careless.”
• Three other townspeople are named Señora Ruiz, Señora Flores, and Señora Uriarte.
• Luisa never took naps before the events of the movie, believing that “nighttime is for sleeping, daytime is for getting things done.”
• Casita is very gentle when playing with the younger Madrigals.
• Isabela never gets in trouble.
• Isabela thinks Mirabel and Camilo are too old for toys.
• Abuela and Señora Guzmán have a somewhat tense relationship- described as a “battle of politeness.”
• Mirabel’s palms sweat when she’s worried.
• Luisa loves bright colors.
• Mirabel sneezes around things like sand or dust. Or salt.
• Félix rarely worries about anything.
• Isabela has a pond in her room filled with water lilies.
• Camilo and Pepa are both able to pick up and carry Antonio. Antonio especially likes to ride on Pepa’s shoulders.
• Isabela never wears her shoes on her bed.
• Luisa has panic attacks.
• While Isabela doesn’t love Mariano, she does hope to marry someday.
• Abuela secretly thinks Mirabel is a lot like Pedro was.