EncantoVery catchy song “We’re not talking about Bruno” continues to break records, the tender lullaby “Dos Oruguitas” is the only song up to review the Oscarsand its Outstanding figure “Pressure” has its followers. But while there’s certainly a lot of debate about which one of the movie’s songs is Actually is the best, one of them rarely given: the last number, “All yours.” And that’s a pity, because not only is it a great song, it also marks a first in Disney history: a real final number.
With “All of You,” songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda weaves together a gentle victory song that emphasizes the film’s theme and wraps up the massive cast’s journey. Not only is it a terrible number, it also embraces the sensibilities of Broadway musicals in a specific way that Disney films often fail to do.
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the ending of Encanto.]
While Disney movies have relied on Broadway values since Howard Ashman revived the animated music format with Little Mermaid, an important element is always missing: a large final number. Original songs in Disney musicals often fade in the middle, and often the last song isn’t the best note to end with. (I am looking at you, frozen Troll Song.) If there’s a final song, it’s usually just a short replay of the movie’s biggest number, as in The Hunchback at Notre Damewhere jester Clopin just sing a stanza of the opening number in 30 seconds. Moana – another Lin-Manuel Miranda medley – comes closest to the finale, but it’s still just a slowed down version of a song earlier in the movie.
enter Encanto. From the beginning, Directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howard wanted to develop a Disney musical. This means touching on different genres of music, as with traditional reggaeton “We’re not talking about Bruno,” and make the most of the choreography in a way that previous Disney movies rarely did. But it also means a full-fledged finale that doesn’t just re-enact previous songs, but wraps up the whole story on its own.
As “All of You” revolves around, main character Mirabel and her abuela reach a point of mutual understanding. They walk to the ruins of their house reunite with the rest of the family and face their next steps together. There’s still a lot of loose ends to tie up – for example, when Bruno reveals that he’s actually hiding within the walls of the house, this prompts the shape-shifting Camilo to ask, “Okay, so.. . shall we talk about Bruno?”
That kind of big musical theater can easily show the passage of time and deliver a brief but emotionally satisfying conclusion. In Encanto, it happens when and the entire town offers to help them rebuild, showing their community spirit and gratitude for the ways the family has helped them over the years. Many of the film’s previous tunes and lyrics are replayed, rewritten to show how the characters have evolved and forged new futures for themselves. “All of You” not only highlights the characters’ journeys and themes of healing generational wounds, but it also offers a glimpse of what’s coming next – not an ending. full post-production but a promising series on how this family will be able to work together and grow together in healthier ways.
That’s what Disney movies are supposed to be – an optimistic, energetic way to bring the whole story together and suggest a rich future. But even outside of the film’s story, it’s unusually gratifying that the soundtrack officially ends on such a triumphant note. It gets little recognition and little recognition given the other richness this movie has to offer, but the novelty of such a satisfying ending deserves credit. More than that, it’s just a good song. By the time “All of You” hit my Spotify listening, I was almost in tears.
Encanto available for live streaming Disney Plus.
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