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holdnarrytight · 11 months
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I just realised yet another little detail that symbolises so much in the story!
During Dos Orugitas, we see a young Alma Madrigal that seemed to be cheerful, playful and even a little clumsy. The braided hair, the frilly dress and the big smiles help create an image of her as a sweet, carefree young woman who was not afraid to just be herself.
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Once the tragedy with Pedro happens and the miracle is born, Alma immediately takes shelter in casita and we see her alone, silently processing the events of the evening; looking extremely weary, lonely and traumatised. She looks down at her babies. Her Julieta, her Pepa and her Brunito, and her expression changes. She knows she needs to be strong for them. She’s resolute, but there’s a sadness in her eyes that says she knows what this means for her, too. She can never go back to the woman she used to be.
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The next time we see Alma, she is putting on a black cloak and leaving the room. This room was the cocoon where she transformed into a new person, leaving her old self behind. She's become different. Her smile doesn't quite meet her eyes anymore. She looks tired, somber. Older, even.
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There's a shadow, a trauma she's carrying that soon takes form in the perfectionism and control that eventually hurt her loved ones. This event shapes the way she deals with challenges from this moment on, and she is always in fear of the family losing their home once again.
She became harsh. Strict. Everything has to be perfect in order to protect and earn the miracle the love of her life granted their family with his noble sacrifice.
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This is an incredibly strong woman who has been through hell and came out alive, for her family's sake. This black cloak follows her from her young years to her old age, and becomes a constant throughout the movie. It represents the weight and the burden of the grief she silently carried ever since that moment, and will continue to carry for the rest of her life. It represents the change she had to go through, putting her emotions last in order to become the strong matriarch her kids and the village needed. It represents the loss of not only her beloved Pedro, but also of her innocence, her youth, her laughter and her smile.
From the moment young Alma Madrigal and her children were gifted a miracle, she became the one responsible for the whole village. She, as the only one blessed with the magic and the one whose gift repelled the enemies, was naturally placed in a position of power and leadership in the worst moment of her life.
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It's likely she was the one everyone immediately looked to for directions right after the miracle happened, and that she had to leave her feelings behind to help other lost and grieving people rebuild their lives and their homes, creating what the village of Encanto eventually became. She put everyone else first. She was extremely selfless.
Alma Madrigal is such a complex character. There are so many layers to her personality. This is why you guys can't just write her off as a villain or as a horrible person/grandmother. It's not so black and white.
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princessamericachavez · 11 months
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Once again thinking about Encantó and how the house was cracking because the family was cracking under pressure and how Mirabel’s part in saving Casita and the miracle wasn’t even about mending people’s struggles but simply about acknowledging them and telling them it’s ok and they don’t have to do it alone.
Thinking about how the first cracks appear when Mirabel feels ostracized from her family and is about to break under the pressure of feeling wanting and invisible and alone.
Thinking about how the thing Mirabel does for Luisa is listen to her and just say “you are carrying way too much” and then when Luisa’s powers begin to malfunction it isn’t because of her but because Luisa dared slow down a little and was IMMEDIATELY hit with crushing guilt and tried once again to overcompensate it and THAT is when her strength failed her.
Thinking about how Bruno left in an attempt to keep the family from fracturing and was literally trying to fix the cracks with his absence, but it was Mirabel SHARING a vision with him which actually helped him find a positive outcome for a vision because he wasn’t alone with that burden and his anxiety and she led him to a happier perspective.
Thinking about how the real healing moment between Isabela and Mirabel isn’t Isa’s confession really, the turning point is when Mirabel actually stops and LISTENS and simply acknowledges that her sister is struggling and goes on to loudly support and encourage her to find and be herself.
Thinking about all the other cracks we didn’t entirely see. Antonio’s pressure to not be “another disappointment” to his family but obvious guilt that Mirabel didn’t get to shine. Camilo’s consistent changes for the sake of others, but when he starts to malfunction he’s a grown man with a baby’s head, because maybe that’s how he feels, lost and not quite either. Thinking about Pepa, unable to feel any negative emotions, to the point of absolute repression because every single anger or sadness is an open nerve for the world to see and “Pepa, stop! Not again!” Thinking about Julieta’s role as a consistent care taker in a family that even with their powers gone yells for her when in panic because she Must Know how to fix it. Thinking about Dolores so overwhelmed and tense and overlooked, whose great romantic ideal is someone finally SEEING her.
And the cracks showed up whenever the pressure was too much. Whenever Abuela was too afraid and protective and holding on to her control so tightly, marked by the trauma and fear of losing them, to the point where she couldn’t take anything or anyone being out of her control (an obvious PTSD thing).
The family was cracking because Abuela lost sight of the family as people vs the family as a well oiled machine. And while it was obviously due to generational trauma, it was also an issue that no one else in the family could see because it was the dynamic they grew up in and accepted as right and healthy. It was only Mirabel, blessed with an “outsider” perspective, who could see the way the pressure was mounting on everyone’s shoulders and who (having no expectations at all put on her by dismissal) could dare to break the cycle and speak up, not only for herself but for others.
I am once again thinking about Mirabel’s door being the front door of the house (her casita who she is clearly the closest with) and just like everyone else has their powers represented in it, Mirabel’s shows her surrounded by her family, like the anchor that helped them build a new foundation in their relationships with one another, based not on what they could “do for the family” but by love and acceptance of each other.
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itsaaudraw · 10 months
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i feel like being able to hear everything is more of a curse than a gift
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notalizrd · 11 months
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people who demonize abuela alma don't understand or have never experienced generational trauma and if you turn her into the villain, you totally missed the point of the movie in this essay i will
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krossan · 11 months
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lukecaguai · 1 year
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Un huracán de Jacarandas 🌺🌺
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adorasgayass · 11 months
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"Not all men" you're right, Félix and Agustín Madrigal, the ideal husbands, would never do this
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I just love the part in Encanto at the end in “All of You” where Luisa say “but sometimes I cry” and her sisters respond with “so do I!” Like, just validating to kids that you can be strong and also show emotions?
That’s a really important message, and every kid needs to know that.
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shark-ftw · 11 months
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Camilo 💚
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fra080389-2-me · 1 year
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Friendly reminder that Pepa, Bruno and Julieta were 5 years old when they received their gift.
Can you imagine a five years old who can make to happen an hurricane when she is feeling anxious (no tantrums permitted for her) and a five years old having (especially) catastrophic visions about future?
It's not surprising Pepa is so anxious, temperamental and frantic, how she could learn to be calm and careful when every her little emotion was in display and it could cause "natural" catastrophes? And it's not surprising Bruno is so timid, awkward and guilt-ridden, how he could learn to talk normally to people and function in society when others panicked on every word he said like it was a prophecy and saw him as a jinx when he was so young?
I suppose the power grew little by little, still Julieta's power is clearly the most manageable, no question she is the good balanced sister while Pepa and Bruno are so messed up. They definitely hadn't an easy childhood.
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holdnarrytight · 11 months
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fun fact: these two frames were a reference to some original sketches and ideas that didn’t make it into the movie as they were planned.
mirabel was supposed to play the accordion, it was her favourite object and she carried it around all the time. they eventually dropped this idea though.
and then there was camilo, who used to whip his poncho dramatically like a magician’s cape before shapeshifting. in the above frame, camilo whips his poncho and strikes a pose for the family picture!
Source: The Art of Encanto, 2021.
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glendybluebird · 5 months
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Happy Father's Day!!! 💚💙🧡✨
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I know it's a bit late, but here you go!
Hope you like it😊
I stayed up all night for this😅 Got way too many homeworks and stuff to do.
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tending-the-hearth · 1 year
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Bruno: *has come out of Hiding and is being asked about prophecies again*
his family: "welp time for Diversions"
someone asking for an official prophecy? sorry, his tower is broken and Casita can't get into his room oh NO there's nowhere else in the house where he can have his visions hey look Felix and Agustín need him 😔
what's your life looking like in 10 years? whoops, Isabella needs Bruno to help her and Luisa clean up flower petals and they accidentally end up in a braiding circle for hours how tragic
hey you gave me a prophecy i didn't like how dare you? oh no now there's two Brunos and they're running off in different directions on an unrelated note Camilo returns looking very smug
group of people coming to see Bruno? Mirabel and Dolores conveniently ask their tío about his newest telenovela idea and now he's not talking about anything else because he has so many ideas and his nieces are so excited to hear what he's planning
questions about an event that's going to happen? Alma needs Bruno to join her and his sisters for a Family Meeting which is code for We Need To Talk About Things aka Cry and Hug time
anything else? Antonio breaks out the Eyes and now Bruno has his arms full of Adorable Nephew and isn't allowed to do anything except cuddle
just Bruno being allowed to be someone other than the guy who gives prophecies and being allowed to spend time with his family without having to worry about disappointing anyone
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glitternightingale · 6 months
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✨HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANTONIO!✨
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Bruno: "W-well we didn't know what you wanted, exactly, so we just banded together and made something for you? Yeah, but there were so many communicational issues without you and--"
Antonio, thinking: *Just gimme the present, old man* /j
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haystarlight · 1 year
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Encanto headcanons:
-Mirabel is the only Madrigal grandchild who knows how to sew, knitt and do embroideries (Julieta taught her, Isabela tried to learn too but he just could NOT). People sometimes say making clothes must be Mirabel’s Gift; they mostly say it as a joke but Mirabel always feels very happy when she hears it. Camilo makes that “joke” a lot because he wants his primita to feel special.
-Isabela was always good at flirting with men because they didn’t make her nervous but, once she was out of the closet enough that she wanted to try flirting with girls, she found out she was a mess at it. She gets so nervous she can’t even talk. One time, she tried to ask out a girl but she got so scared she made a giant wave of red columbines and carnations.
-Luisa used to be a fat kid before she turned 5 and started to work out and get buff. This makes sense, I mean, her mom is such a great cook and she seems like someone who likes to spoil her children so Luisa probably ate lots of cakes and arepas and whatever Julieta wanted to make that day. To this day, Luisa still has a big apettite and a sweet tooth but, now, she just burns off all those calories by lifting burros.
-Dolores knows sign language (Colombian Spanish Sign Language, that is) and uses it sometimes when she doesn’t feel like speaking aloud. She makes friends with lots of HoH people and she’s great with HoH kids, they love her. Mariano quickly learns how to deal with Dolores having hearing overload and panic attacks and he starts talking to her in sign language when he sees she’s nervous (because Mariano is a himbo and he’s perfect)
-Camilo can make up new faces and voices to shape to out of his imagination if he REALLY concentrates. They started experimenting with this and now they’re trying to shift into a more feminine-looking and sounding version of his default form. They still haven’t thought of a name for her so Camila is a place holder for now.
-Antonio goes around freeing animals from circuses and zoos and bad owners. Eventually, his room just becomes a whole ass jungle. There’s just an elephant walking around and no one knows where he found it. The elephant’s name is Maya. Yes he names the animals and he always makes sure they like the name. 
-People interested in dating a Madrigal already know they can’t give them flowers... for obvious reasons (flowers are a terrible gift when your roommate is a flower machine). So anyone who wants to ask out a Madrigal needs to come up with more creative gifts than that. Mariano found out Dolores likes collecting jewelry and starts using that. Luisa will fall in love with anyone who gives her chocolates. Mirabel likes getting poems and songs dedicated to her. Camilo really likes receiving drawings, even if they’re badly done, he treasures them forever. Isa’s girlfriend once gave her a flower pot for her plants and it was the best gift she ever got; she really likes when people give her pots and vases and let her fill them with whatever plant comes to her.
-I can’t choose which I like more: ace/aro Bruno or gay Bruno. They’re both soooo good. If he’s gay, I can see his sobrinas trying to get him a date. But aromantic Bruno is good, too. 
-Julieta can heal sickness and injury, not dissability. She can’t heal Mirabel’s eyes or a person who can’t walk or hear. She can also ease pain with her food, which means all the Madrigal women ask Julieta for food to deal with shark week pain once a month. Julieta keeps some food to herself, stuffed away in some corners of her room for the rare day when she feels sick.
-Alma is very glad Casita is big enough to support all her adult children and their spouses and kids and Casita keeps getting bigger everytime a new family member comes around. She really doesn’t want the kids to move out, if they did, she’d probably get empty nest syndrome. She gets really bored when she’s alone which is why she’s so glad she has Casita with her always, she’s never alone. 
-Pepa is a horrible liar. The weather always gives her away. She hates it. Whenever she lies, it gets really foggy and every one knows. This made it super easy for Alma to catch her lying when she was a teenager. 
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abadenicc · 1 year
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Skincare with the favorite cousin ft. some uncle and nephew shenanigans 🥑🐭⏳🦋🧡
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