Disney Animation is an important part of many childhoods and, as kids, it is often instinctive to find resemblance in your favorite princess or adventurer. But, for a long time, Disney characters have followed suit with the trend of Hollywood and failed to reflect a large range of cultures. The studio’s latest film, Encanto, which follows a Colombian family and community, recently hit Disney+ and one viral moment serves as yet another example of how much representation matters on screen.
Much of the film focuses on a young member of the family named Antonio, who is the first member of the family since the protagonist, Mirabel, to have a celebration to receive their family’s magical powers. While watching Encanto, Kah Brand, the mother of a two-year-old boy shared this photo of her son, Kenzo, alongside Antonio. The resemblance is uncanny:
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In the post, Brand joked that Disney+ subscribers can “check out Kenzo” in Encanto. To POPSUGAR, the mother spoke to capture the cute moment. In her words:
The two-year-old was in “awe” to see someone who looks just like him as a young boy with the power to communicate with animals. Kah Brand continued:
When films fail to bring diversity to their films, there becomes a gap between those who feel seen and can do things like have magical powers and save the world and those who are not represented. This is a perfect example of how diversity in animation can have an impact on the up-and-coming generation. Kah Brand spoke to how the movie affected her:
Encanto is Disney’s first animated musical to highlight characters living in Latin America. There’s a special attention to detail, with the animation showcasing a variety of different looks and skin tones within the Colombian community, including Antonio, who is the cousin of Mirabel. He is a central part of the storyline, because Mirabel and Antonio have a close connection and he brings up the former's memories of her own ceremony, during which she was not given a gift. Thus feeling like an outsider from her family and creating tensions.
Encanto is now available to stream on Disney+. The next Disney animated film will be Turning Red, coming which will release directly to the streamer on March 11.
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