Encanto star Stephanie Beatriz recreates the beginning of the “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” sequence on TikTok. Beatriz voices the protagonist, Mirabel, in the Disney animated film, which received a 30-day exclusive theatrical release on November 24 and became the year’s highest-grossing animated movie. Encanto was added to Disney+ on December 24 and has since exploded in popularity, with the musical’s soundtrack topping the US Billboard 200.
Of the songs, which were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda alongside a score by Germaine Franco, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has proven the standout hit, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song sees multiple members of the magical Madrigal family, as well as assorted townspeople, respond to Mirabel’s inquiries about her uncle Bruno (John Leguizamo), who disappeared when she was a child. They position him as dark and mysterious, describing his future-telling ability as a kind of plague on the village and explaining why he isn’t spoken of.
Now, Beatriz recreates the opening section of “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” which sees Mirabel’s aunt Pepa (Carolina Gaitán) and uncle Félix (Mauro Castillo) describe their ruined wedding day. The two interject back and forth until Pepa chides her husband for interrupting her story, to which he lovingly cedes the stage. Beatriz lipsyncs to both parts via split-screen, doing her best to bring the animated characters to life by mimicking their exaggerated facial expressions. Check out the video below:
With this video, Beatriz joins a trend of recreating the Encanto song on TikTok, with one notable example going so far as to restage the scene in live-action. Despite the popularity of “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” fans shouldn’t expect the song to get any awards attention, as the studio chose instead to submit the softer, Spanish-language “Dos Oruguitas,” which plays as Abuela (María Cecilia Botero) recalls her tragic romance with Pedro. While the popularity of the Disney movie should ensure “Dos Oruguitas” makes the final list of Best Song nominees at the Academy Awards, many will surely be disappointed not to see the consensus favorite performed live during the broadcast.
Encanto has clearly resonated with viewers, however, making the film a strong contender for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. The last time Walt Disney Animation Studios claimed the prize was for 2016’s Zootopia, which was also made by co-director Byron Howard, and they could even have twice the odds of winning if Raya and the Last Dragon makes the final five. There will be some steep competition from films like Sony’s The Mitchells vs The Machines, but given this movie’s public reception, there will likely be a lot of celebrating if Encanto takes home the gold statuette.
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