encanto Director Jared Bush has revealed details of a deleted scene that could have changed the dynamics of the Madrigal family. Released in 2021, this animated film has become one of Disney’s most popular modern films thanks to its colorful scenery and catchy songs. While there wasn’t a great response to the film’s debut, it has since gained a massive following when streaming on Disney+, with the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” receiving so much media coverage that it reached No. Billboard 100 Singles Chart. Songwriter for encantoLin-Manuel Miranda, commented that he was surprised by the success of this song, as he was under the impression that “Bruno” would be the least successful commercially.
Located in a village in Colombia, encanto tells the story of the Madrigals, a family led by matriarch Alma, who are all given magical gifts at the age of five, except for the young protagonist Mirabel who seems to receive nothing. Mirabel navigates a family who all have special powers and tries to stay helpful, but when their Casita house begins to crack and the magic begins to fade, the young teen must stand up to save her family. Since its release, encanto has generated many fan theories and questions, with creator Jared Bush happily sharing his thoughts on social media. This includes the idea that the men married into the family, Félix and Agustín, while magically powerless, have their own unique gifts that help the Madrigals.
take to Twitter again for a question-and-answer session on the hit movie, Bush has confirmed that there was originally a scene where, after Mirabel ran away, her mother Julieta stood up to her mother Alma and publicly shamed her for her actions. promoting a encanto Live immersive concert experience coming to LA’s Hollywood Bowl opened up Bush to those who had burning questions about the film, and response to questions has been incredibly positive, with many commenting that they’d love to see a “Bush Cut” of the film featuring all of its original concepts and cutscenes are preserved in it. While the scene, which was brought up in response to Aly Adachi’s question, could have changed the way Julieta was seen, it would have been interesting to see how this would have turned out, as Abuela was portrayed as the scolding boss of the Madrigals, and defying her can cause intense drama within the family hierarchy.
Watch the tweet about Alma being confronted by Julieta here:
Cutting this scene was the best for Abuela’s Arc
After the tragic loss of her husband Pedro to looters when their village was attacked, Alma bears many unresolved traumas as she tries to raise her three children, Bruno, Julieta and Pepa, alone. As she copes with the pressure of this, on top of keeping their miracle alive (the candle and sentient house she received because of her husband’s sacrifice), Abuela Alma may be blind to the implications of her actions. By finally realizing the similarities between herself and her adventurous granddaughter Mirabel, only Abuela can mend their relationship. With Mirabel possibly destined to become the new matriarch of the Madrigals, it makes sense that the reconciliation of their relationship should not include other family members; it is a personal matter between them.
Julieta blowing on her mother may also conflict with her role within the Madrigal family and her character in encanto. As the person who heals others with her recipes, Julieta remains the most nurturing of the family members, intent on solving the problems of those around her rather than creating more problems. Even when her mother and daughter are arguing, Julieta is frantic to find Mirabel to help her mend the cracks in her broken relationship, and she will always remain the passive, non-judgmental person in these feuds, because she perhaps believes adding fuel to the fire wouldn’t help. However, this can put more pressure on her daughters, as Julieta is potentially the original “perfect child,” someone Alma would like her grandchildren to babysit her.
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