Encanto (2021)

Byron Howard and Jared Bush direct Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero and John Leguizamo in this Disney animated fantasy about the one girl in a magical family who doesn’t have any gifted fairytale powers.

The best Disney animation in years. Packed with colour and detail. There’s no way you can keep up with all the plentitude of accessories and touches. Will be just as entertaining on a second watch I’d wager. I liked the blockiness of the character design, harking back to South American art. Nice central message that goes against the current family movie trend for predestined chosen ones and protagonists whose powers are their only defining feature. Mirabel is a fully fleshed out, awkward but confident charmer. The songs are all toe tappers. The “camerawork” feels particularly daring and cinematic. Whatever magic has been bottled here is exactly the vintage the Mouse House should be aiming for.

8

Perfect Double Bill: Zootropolis (2016)

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