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In a mysterious place nestled in the heart of the mountains of Colombia, the fantastic Madrigal family lives in an enchanted house in a city full of life, a wonderful place called Encanto. The Encanto endowed each of the children in the family with a magical faculty ranging from superhuman strength to healing power. Only Mirabel received no particular donation. But when the magic of the Encanto is threatened, the only ordinary child of this extraordinary family may prove to be their only hope…

• Original title: Encanto
• Media tested: Blu-ray
• Genre: animation, fantasy
• Year: 2021
• Directed by: Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith
• Cast: (VO voice) Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Mauro Castillo, Jessica Darrow, Angie Cepeda, Carolina Gaitán, Diane Guerrero, Wilmer Valderrama (VF voice) Camille Timmerman, Dominique Quesnel, José Garcia, Julián Andrés Ortiz Cardona, Anna Ka, Barbara Tissier, Sharon Laloum, Kaycie Chase, Juan Arbelaez
• Duration: 1 h 42 min 07
• Video format: 16:9
• Cinema format: 1.85/1
• Subtitling: French, Dutch, Italian, English
• Soundtracks: DTS-HD MA 7.1 English – Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 French, Italian – Dolby Digital 5.1 Dutch, Flemish
• Bonus in VOST: version of the film in karaoke – short film In his footsteps (2021, 2.35/1, 7 min 21) with introduction by screenwriter and director Natalie Nourigat (2 min 09) – Familia lo es todo (23 min 53) – discover Colombia (17 min 27) – the music of the film (24 min 11) – Let’s talk about Bruno (8 min 18) – Our casita (10 min 37) – blooper (2 min 59) – trip to Colombia (2 min 24) – 4 deleted scenes with introduction by Jason Hand and Nacy Kruse (20 min 34) – selection of eight songs (30 min 21)
• Publisher: Walt Disney France

Art commentary

Encanto, the fantastic Madrigal family is the 60th classic animated feature film from Disney studios which has won, among others, an Oscar and a Golden Globes. No more blonde heroines, the up-to-date scenario plunges us into the adventures of a Latin American family, the Madrigals, and their magical home in the heart of the Colombian forest. This choice of subject was preceded by intense on-site documentation (see bonus) to meet the natives to immerse themselves in the local culture, better understand the customs (exchanges, costumes, postures) and the environment (architecture, food, music). One of the Colombian guides accompanying the team in 2018, Alejandra Espinosa, will serve as a model for the characterization of the heroine Mirabel. Encanto is an ambitious project with many characters who will mobilize a gigantic technical team: it will be enough to read the end credits which lasts more than 11 minutes to realize it. If the film greatly develops the fantastic aspect of the plot in line with the “magical realism” specific to the writings of the Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez (a little wink with the yellow butterflies), its other interest lies in its universe. of musical comedy with its eight songs written by Lin-Manuela Miranda, its music by Germaine Franco and its frenzied choreography with varied dance styles imagined by Kai Martinez. Moreover, the very name of the Madrigal family alludes to a form of polyphonic music. It is this diversity of characters and personal styles that makes the richness ofEncanto with some major characters like the heroine Mirabel, who, devoid of magic power, seems the least well-endowed of the clan but who we suspect will be the essential pivot of the plot, or Abuela Alma, with a tragic past, who holds his tribe firmly in hand. Central protagonist, the casita (cf. bonus) is endowed with a surprising and amusing personification by the mobility of its elements (pavings, windows, doors, etc.). It is movement, moreover, which in addition to the songs, punctuates the entire narration and gives it the energy of a colorful entertainment with sumptuous and multiple details. Encanto is the result of a fascinating animation work that can be appreciated throughout sequences involving countless humans and animals carefully characterized by the shimmering of colors and textures. The fantastic and dreamlike also have their place in very beautiful, efficiently executed scenes. However, the themes dealt with are hardly revolutionary: the cohesion of the family, the apparent weakness of the myopic heroine, the importance of mutual aid and transmission between generations. Encanto is nevertheless a highly recommendable successful family entertainment. We regret that Walt Disney France has, once again, skipped the UHD output (as in the USA) depriving us of Atmos mixing…

Blu-ray Encanto

Technical Comment

Picture : HD copy, impeccable definition and sharpness (“digital shooting”, Master Format 4K), contrasts very well managed with a bright image, detailed in low light and with very deep blacks, very warm calibration, shimmering colorimetry with bright hues and nuanced tones

His : English 7.1 mix (Dolby Atmos reserved for the UHD disc… which will not be released in France), clear voices, excellent dynamics on the many action scenes (movements of the house, crowd, magic) and on the dances and songs, effective spatialization using all the rear opening of the surrounds but which favors the music more than the sound effects, robust LFE; VF 7.1, clear and dynamic, very neat dubbing, good surround effects

Our opinion

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Packaging: blue Starblue Starhalf blue stargray stargray star(2.5/5)

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