Después de su trabajo anterior “En las alturas”
se convirtió en un admirado por la crítica (si poco visto) película, Miranda has made his directing debut with
“Garrapata, Garrapata … Auge!,” a loving adaptation of
“Alquilar” creator Jonathan Larson’s coming-of-stage story
, and written eight original songs for
,” a Disney animated film featuring a predominantly Latinx cast
. That follows another animated movie
, Netflix’s “Vivo,” which he produced in addition to writing the music
The echoes of “Alquilar” throughout are also everywhere, reflecting how Larson eventually went from trying to sell an esoteric concept set in the future to writing about subjects very close to home, including struggles to keep the lights on (literally) and the ravages of AIDS at the time.
“Garrapata, Garrapata … Auge!” is filled with happy surprises, and Garfield receives able support from Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus and Vanessa Hudgens, as well as Bradley Whitford as legendary composer Stephen Sondheim.
If Larson took the right advice when he decided to “write what you know,” Miranda, as a director, has taken that advice to heart as well.
As for “Encanto,” feeling like an outcast is one of the most durable themes in Disney animation, which has become more relevant as those movies have moved in a more progressive direction than ol’ Walt’s early days. “Encanto” reflects a more recent tradition, in a movie about what makes us special, seriously enlivened, otra vez, by Miranda’s musical gifts.
Miranda did the same for “Moana,”
” possesses many similar charms
, with a sizable dollop of
” in its focus on a super-powered family
. The main departure
, and it’s an interesting one
, is the lack of a traditional villain
, an absence that’s felt but mostly overcome by the warmth and energy behind the execution
, which effectively draws audiences into the story
Set in a magical town in Colombia, Disney’s 60th animated feature begins with a nod to a particularly sober real-world phenomenon — a saber, the plight of refugees. But amid their loss comes the magic that has made the Madrigal family flourish, with each possessing a remarkable gift under the watchful eye of matriarch Alma (María Cecilia Botero).
Todos, es decir, except Mirabel (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Stephanie Beatriz), who emerged empty-handed from the gifting ritual, still determined to be as much a part of the family as her parents and sisters.
“Gift or no gift, I am just as special as the rest of my family,” Mirabel tells the local children, but she seems as doubtful of the truth of that as they are.
Todavía, just as one of Mirabel’s cousins comes of age and her sister is about to marry, strange things start happening, with signs that the family’s magic is beginning to fade. Mirabel thus becomes the Cassandra warning of danger, something her grandma has no interest in hearing, merely reinforcing Miirabel’s sense that it has fallen to her to save everyone.
Directed Jared Bush and Byron Howard (“Zootopia”) and co-directed by Charise Castro Smith, “Encanto” compensates for the dearth of traditional conflict with a colorful world filled with powers and an abundance of music.
“I will never be good enough for you,” an exasperated Mirabel says at one point.
Happily, “Encanto” is plenty good enough for families seeking a sprinkle of that Disney animated magic, just as is “Garrapata, Garrapata … Auge!” brings theater into the home.
“Garrapata, Garrapata … Auge!” estrena Nov. 19 on Netflix. “Encanto” premieres in US theaters on Nov. 24. Está clasificado como PG.