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In Encanto (2021), the multicoloured water was inspired by a real place in Colombia...the Caño Cristales river. The river is commonly called the "River of Five Colors" or the "Liquid Rainbow," and is noted for its striking colors. ❓ Trivia

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u/trwwy321 1d ago edited 1d ago Wholesome

From Wiki:

The bed of the river from the end of July through November is variously colored yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, the last caused by Macarenia clavigera plants (family Podostemaceae) on the riverbed.

Here’s a pic where the colors are normal and saturation isn’t cranked up like crazy

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u/sickyvicky 1d ago

Girl on the left looks less than amused lmao

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u/Practice_NO_with_me 1d ago

She's like 'yeah, river, I know how you feel. Chose a bad time for a hiking trip...'

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u/muricabrb 1d ago

That's the face of someone who'd rather be in bed

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u/aSharkNamedHummus 1d ago

Brings back memories of when my family dragged my ass through the South Dakota Badlands when I had a nasty cold. Just let the girl go home, smh

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u/muricabrb 1d ago

I know that exact feeling...

Mum: "We gotta get up at 5am because we can trek 2 hours into the wilderness so we can catch the beautiful river at sunrise!"

Me: or I can just see pictures of it in the comfort of my PJs and under the covers.

Mum: but it's a once in a lifetime experience!

Me: you're a once in a lifetime experience.

Realising the heavy reality of what I just said... I groaned and went, and never regretted making any of those memories.

It was never about the places or the things we see, it's the loved ones we did it with.

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u/ChrisTheCoolBean 1d ago

I don't recall signing the permission slip for this feels trip

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u/throw4way829833 1d ago

Probably because she set her expectations based on the oversaturated pictures she saw before going. Those pictures suck.

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u/Milliemoe_meany 1d ago

Where? I don’t see anyone.

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u/Practice_NO_with_me 1d ago Wholesome

The two white folks in the floppy hats have the face future Encanto tourists will have when they see it IRL as well...

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u/waltjrimmer Oblivious 1d ago edited 1d ago

I mean, even in that photo, the river still looks nice. Not nice enough for me to go to Colombie just to see it, but still nice.

Edit: Not nice enough for me to go to Colombia either, though my point was that the photo looks really nice. If I were in the area already, yeah, I'd detour to see it.

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u/FMetalhead 1d ago

I can't imagine going anywhere for JUST a river, but Colombia is a very beautiful country. Just gotta know where to go

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u/Eyesofmalice 1d ago

You'd be surprised at how stunning it looks when you're there.

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u/Chiparoo 1d ago

Yeah I kind of assumed it was a "photos can't capture it well" thing. Kinda like the impact of a sunset, or like the Grand Canyon.

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u/Eyesofmalice 1d ago

Yeah, pretty much. There are many rivers here to which pictures don't do justice. Like there's one that has a marble river bank, and towards dusk the whole thing looks golden. It is breathtaking, and also a very fun time going into it. Same here, the only fear is too many tourists destroying the place. (The seven colored river that is)

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u/starmartyr11 1d ago

Same with the people...

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u/Pishwi 1d ago

At least you didn’t spell it Columbia

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u/waltjrimmer Oblivious 1d ago

I figured that if I did both, Columbie, that would just be the claymation version of the country. Because it would be a combination of Colombia and Gumby? Columbie? No? OK, I'll shut up now.

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u/elbenji 1d ago

Iirc it used to be hard to get to due to the FARC in the area too

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u/sapm90 1d ago

More like a bad angle.

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u/NoSirThatsPaper 1d ago

Heeyyy, Macarenia

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u/David_Haas_Patel 1d ago

Aaaaaright!

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u/Hereiamhereibe2 1d ago

Its still beautiful without the filter. I don’t get why people do this shit man.

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u/mulberrybushes 1d ago

thank you so much for injecting a little reality into this thread

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u/reverse_mango 1d ago

Welcome to the family Podostemaceae!

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u/hero-hadley 1d ago

Here’s a pic where the colors are normal and saturation isn’t cranked up like crazy

If you take enough drugs the saturation level DOES look normal.

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u/SuperGuy41 1d ago

This movie is what they should use to advertise 4K HDR TVs. Breathtaking

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u/bperron 1d ago

Yes like Finding Nemo and advertising Plasma TVs

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u/icepak39 1d ago

What’s a plasma TV?

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u/cuntyeagle 1d ago

My main TV is still a plasma I got when they were phasing them out a decade ago. I still prefer how it looks compared to cheaper LCDs on the market, so I don't see the point in upgrading.

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u/wtfreddithatesme 1d ago edited 1d ago

JFC I had a Tiny crt until 2010 when I moved out of my parents, and we're already at "what's a plasma tv?" Damn man.

Edit: to clarify, "moved out of my parents": ( domicile, room, womb, basement, balls, bungalow, bunghole, ect...)

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u/feureau 1d ago

what's a parent?

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u/M0DSlayer 1d ago

How might one ...

...moved out of [ones] parents [house?]

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u/theoutlet 1d ago

Only thing that comes close to Plasma is OLED and they’re finally starting to become affordable. I’ve only been waiting for over a decade

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u/Elle-Elle 1d ago

It was a type of space heater from the early 2000s and 2010s.

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u/catiebug 1d ago

Lmao, they did throw off heat like the surface of the sun, but they looked soooooo good.

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u/reximilian 1d ago

Look up Michael Scott’s Plasma TV.

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u/The_Question757 1d ago

Christ I felt my age when I saw this

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u/The-Safety-Villain 1d ago

It’s a TV filled with blood.

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u/kingssman 1d ago

The next plot for FarCry should be featured around the family in Encanto

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u/nerftosspls 1d ago

And go around blasting poor Antonio’s friends in the jungle?

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u/kingssman 1d ago edited 1d ago

The Madrigal clan, a multi generational family who got rich from producing cocaine, opium, and other drugs in a mountain village in Columbia.

Abuela, the matriarch of the family, lost her husband long ago from a CIA raid. The locals believe she is a witch with powers emanating from the Devil's candle that has given her descendants other worldly powers

Julieta, a doctor in medicine, enriches opium among other her drugs. She poisons the locals to keep them addicted to her 'cures'.

Isabela, a talent for horticulture. she grows rich flowering opium buds with extremely potent content. rumors say she has otherworldly control over her flowers, some breeds giving off a hallucinogenic pollen.

Luisa, the muscle of the family. Typical strong arm. She tortures rebels by beating them to death with her fists. Also a heavy weapons carrier. She can pick up animals and vehicles.

Pepa, crazy and unstable. Locals believe she controls the weather. Sunny days will turn into hurricanes from her wrath.

Antonio, master of disguise. He could be anyone, your friend, your sister. Be careful who you talk to, that person may be Antonio. Just when you feel safe around someone, as sharp knife will stab you in the back from the shape shifting Antonio.

Camilo, her sharp listening can pick up talk of insurrection. no matter how many closed doors you may be behind, she can hear your schemes. She is also an excellent sniper, able to use sound instead of sight to pinpoint her targets

Bruno, No one talks about Bruno. He supposedly has the power to see into the future. Using foresight to evade assassination as well as predict the movements of Abuela's enemies. However for some unknown reason he went missing.

Antonio, the youngest. He is seen talking to animals, some say the animals talk back to him. The animals also obey his commands. His birds scout out the jungles for runaways as he sends leopards after them.

Their fortress, la Casita, is riddled with traps and hidden passageways. The house seems to have a mind of its own as the walls and floors change.

The the main character, Mirabel, who can no longer stand the cruelty her family inflicts upon the region, chose to make it her goal to end the Madrigal line, and end the drug economy that the family controls. She'll have to fight her way through the jungle as well as solve the puzzles and avoid the traps of la Casita as she brings down her family members one by one and come face to face with Abuela and her Devil Candle.

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u/stupidmofo123 1d ago

This. Is. FUCKING AMAZING.

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u/DontDrinkTooMuch 1d ago

No. As a Colombian, Encanto is a breath of fresh air highlighting the positive aspects of my culture. No more fucking drug stories.

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u/smally-bells-7 1d ago

What about Dolores?

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u/Wildgeek81 1d ago

Dolores was listed as Camillo, Camillo the first time Antonio was listed 🤣🤣

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u/Pees_On_Skidmarks 1d ago

Yeah, plus the animation of the characters, like their movements, was just a notch ahead of previous films, and was enough to kind of freak me out a bit. Not in the uncanny valley, but above it. Subtle, but amazing.

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u/KnockKnockPizzasHere 1d ago

The movie was maybe the most striking piece of animation I’d ever seen but the movie was kind of a let down. I felt like it lacked the sense of adventure that Disney is known for, and the music was just ok. I’ll acknowledge I’m being critical but it’s Disney and the bar is set pretty high. It was no Coco or Moana

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u/Azhaius 1d ago edited 1d ago

I found Encanto disappointing because I feel like I didn't really get to experience much of uniquely Colombian or even just South American culture.

Meanwhile,

  • Coco was an amusement park ride of non-stop Mexican imagery and music
  • Moana was unfortunately more limited on the musical influence front, but was still hard set in Polynesian mythology and imagery
  • Luca wasn't a musical, but featured many Italian-language songs and according to many Italians online was very authentic in its presentation of "small, coastal Italian village" life

e: Going back through the songs on youtube, I'm now noticing more influence in the backing music. I guess the generic, Disney-pop vocals just felt so overpowering that I didn't notice the influence in any songs other than Family Madrigal and We Don't Talk About Bruno on the first watch.

Though I still feel like the story could have been set just about anywhere, it didn't seem to rely much on cultural elements other than the matriarchal family structure.

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u/TheGarageDragon 1d ago edited 1d ago

As a Colombian myself, I do think the movie is quite Colombian, in fact.

It has a lot of love and attention put into it, and deals with very particularly Colombian stuff. You can see it in the food, the animals, the plants, the house, the clothing... but most importantly the characters themselves and the family dynamics that drive the whole story.

The whole "Dos Oruguitas" scene deals with stuff I would never have imagined they'd touch in a Disney movie, of all places. It shows some of the darkest sides of Colombian history but with a uniquely hopeful touch.

The movie itself feels like hope. A love letter to Colombia, if you will. It feels like magical realism; combining the ordinary with the surreal, which is on itself quite typical and recognizable if you live in Colombia, or Latin America for that matter. There's lots of crazy shit that happens here in an everyday basis, both good and bad.

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u/Kipatoz 1d ago

The only realismo mágico that I saw was a Columbian grandmother apologizing to her nieta. Ain’t no way that happens in real life!

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u/Madock345 1d ago

…You guys ok down there?

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u/Dak_Kandarah 1d ago

Try hearing the instrumental only versions. And the two songs in Spanish: Dos Oroguitas and Colombia, mi encanto.

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u/apocalypse31 1d ago

It was probably my favorite Disney movie in the last 15 years. Loved the music especially, though I can see the plot being a bit thin comparatively, it was a realistic problem in family expectations being unrealistically high.

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u/Grokta 1d ago

I agree, it felt like they had a lot of plans, then the big confrontation happens and they saw how much time they had spend building it up, and they went oh shit! we have 10 minutes to wrap this up.

Beautiful but bland movie.

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u/Deathbysnusnu17 1d ago

For now, that’s why they use The Greatest Showman on testing 4k tv colors. Because of the vibrant colors, and also the blacks and fires. Source was CNET.com

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u/koishki 1d ago

Nah. Coco and Moana are still better for that. Plus both are better movies.

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u/Pees_On_Skidmarks 1d ago

I will agree that Coco and Moana might be dramatically superior, but the technical quality of the animation in Encanto is nevertheless a step above.

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u/Ahab_Ali 1d ago

Noted for the beauty of its deadly salts and toxic algae. ;-)

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u/MagicMisterLemon 1d ago

Well it sure is good then that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not the mouth!

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u/sifterandrake 1d ago

I don't know, I've had my mouth observe some beautiful things. Have you ever heard of dunkaroos?

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u/alan_dracula 1d ago

They came back in 2020! I was soooo hyped. My husband didn't get it. He tried some and now he understands.

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u/Xinek 1d ago

Have you tried the big take and bake dunkaroos. I made a giant sandwich cookie. It was so good.

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u/NonstopSuperguy 1d ago

I bring a bag of them to work every day. Yes, I eat them all.

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u/cfdeveloper 1d ago

even then... if you put it in your eye, you probably gonna get pink eye or something.

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u/IlliterateJedi 1d ago

Toxic algae that make you hallucinate you have magic powers?

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u/alex3omg 1d ago

Her husband was in the water when the men on horses ran up. "Stay out of the water!" They yelled, but their warning wasn't heard over the sound of the exploding magic candle abuela had activated.

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u/droidtron 1d ago

Well it's prettier than the Salton Sea.

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u/MathematicianHot5452 1d ago

the most beautiful things in the world are often deadly

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u/TheGreatAteAgain 1d ago

It's a dangerous area, but not just for that. It's located in a red zone, which is a military area with high guerrilla/paramilitary activity. In the past, the tours companies had to pay "la vacuna" to groups, basically extortion for safe passage.

After the peace deal it's been complicated with some guerrilla groups disbanding, and other guerilla/paramilitary groups remerging/rebranding. The area has always been safe to visit and I've never heard of any kidnappings there.

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u/Cosmetic-cosmic 1d ago

Well, it was a red zone, the little twon where you stay to go to caño cristales is pretty safe now, although it was guerrilla territory at some point, not anymore, not even before our peace deal with las FARC. I've personally been there sometime hago, around 2015, it's pretty nice, there's even another river close by where you can see pink dolphins. About the toxic water or what ever the first guy said, well, I swam in that river and I'm fine, so idk. If you guys wanna go you should go now because well, climate change is a bicht, you'll have to get there by small airplane though.

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u/saraecheverri 1d ago

Sometimes I wish this stayed our little secret because I know the more tourism there is, the less likely the plants will survive. Have to yell at tourists to get off the areas where the plants grow and they don't understand the damage they are causing. Won't be long until people aren't allowed to go in the water any more, of even worse, once this beauty is gone.

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u/Cosmetic-cosmic 1d ago

Jajajaja, asumire que hablas español pero seh, cuando fui ya había mucho turista, me imagino como será ahora, se que había esfuerzo por cuidarlo pero entre más gente vaya y más plata le puedan sacar, más difícil, solo espero que ya la dificultad para llegar impida que se vuelva como Salento, pero bueh igualmente aun tenemos ciudad perdida jajajaja

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u/saraecheverri 1d ago

Jajaja, nosotros fuimos hace 3 años y ya estaban teniendo problemas con gente metiéndose al agua con antisolar y dañando las matas. Me están contando que ciudad perdida va pa las mismas... Me gusta ver qué el mundo está apreciando nuestro país más y más, pero si es duro saber lo que le está pasando con tanto turismo. Yo espero que gringos hippies se enamoren del país y nos toque cuidarlo más para que vuelvan, jajajaja

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u/Cosmetic-cosmic 1d ago

A verdad que ahí el tema del bloqueardor (antisolar pues, nunca había escuchado que le dijeran así) si es bien serio. Aunque lo bueno de ciudad perdida es que es palo de caminata entonces la gente que va si es un poco más cuidadosa, o pues eso creo. Sobre lo de apreciar Colombia, honestamente por eso me gusto encanto, ósea, cuando la última vez que hubo una película sobre Colombia que no incluyera drogas? Finalmente una película que muestra algunas cosas bonitas de Colombia. Y sobre los gringos, ojalá parce jajajajajajaj, la verdad seria lo mejor para esos lugares y otros, además pues aja, dolares de 4mil creo seria excelente para la economía xd

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u/D722 1d ago

…So how do we get this place more attractive to Influencers?

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u/M6D_Magnum 1d ago

I thought it was just flowers from the trees.

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u/Numerous-Lemon 1d ago

Source: Art designer's IG

Encanto this set was inspired by Caño Cristales in the Colombian National Park. I painted this twice, to get the feeling of the river right. But still think its not capturing all te beauty of it. For some reason when the color shifts from what we normally think of something it's hard for the brain to understand and remake it. It's truly one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. The river has its colorful hue because of Macarenia clavigera the hue world shift in different seasons.

What I like about visual Development is every movie we make. It is an opportunity to dive deeper in a new culture and nature somewhere in the world for a couple of years.

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u/Hacksaw_Jim_McDuggen 1d ago

Op picked like the worst photo of the river.

If you Google it you can see picture where you can vividly see 5 colors. Not just the pink.

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u/Deus_Ex_Machiavelli 1d ago

The movie had some of the most beautiful art I’ve seen depicted in animated film.

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u/sinithparanga 1d ago

It was easy, because Colombia is very beautiful.

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u/SuppleFoxFluff 1d ago

This movie worth watching at all?

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u/fuzzydogpaws 1d ago

Yes. I enjoyed it. It’s not the most ground-breaking film Disney have done, but it has a good story, a good message, delightful characters and catchy tunes.

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u/MyNameIsLord 1d ago

It also teaches us not to talk about Bruno.

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u/AdjunctFunktopus 1d ago

It was our wedding day…

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u/Rieken 1d ago

It was our wedding day…

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u/itownshend17 1d ago

We were getting ready and there wasnt a cloud in the sky...

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u/just_a_handle 1d ago

No clouds allowed in the sky...

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u/NemesisKismet 1d ago

Bruno walks in with a mischievous grin...

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u/beepborpimajorp 1d ago

THUNDER!!!

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u/ncurry18 1d ago

Are you telling this story or am I?

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u/icakie 1d ago

Silenzio Bruno. Wait, wrong film.

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u/trippyhippie94 1d ago

Luca Was so good!!

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u/Clorst_Glornk 1d ago

I can't even remember the last time I cared about a Disney character as much as I care for Bruno. He hits hard

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u/aciddrizzle 1d ago

My daughter loves the soundtrack, so it’s on daily repeat…I remarked to my wife, “I feel like I’m really hearing a lot about this guy we aren’t supposed to talk about.”

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u/beepborpimajorp 1d ago

well...there's a lot to say about Bruno. (bruno)

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u/ConstantEvolution 1d ago

7 FOOT FRAME

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u/patrickfatrick 1d ago

Lin-Manuel did it again the beautiful bastard.

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u/linixya 1d ago edited 1d ago

Agree! The music is quite catchy and the colors are amazing. Many of the landscapes in the movie, are real places in Colombia. And to be honest, it actually catches how diverse Colombia is.

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u/SuppleFoxFluff 1d ago

Thank you :) sounds like I should watch it then.

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u/RooneyBallooney6000 1d ago

Yes, but Luca is #1

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u/xeno325 1d ago

no, Coco #1

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u/raulduke05 1d ago edited 1d ago

Both Luca and Coco are from a completely different studio *edit: (than Encanto). But the fact that everyone is comparing them as if they weren't just means Disney has got to the same level as Pixar, which is kinda cool for animation.

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u/RooneyBallooney6000 1d ago

No way! Coco has less rewatchability. Coco is bananas good but Luca is on its own level. Luca then Moana then Coco. I cant believe i got downvoted. I might have to accept that im statistically wrong here

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u/Stay-At-Home-Jedi 1d ago

I'll give you an upvote being a bro, you don't deserve that, but I 100% disagree with you on Luca.

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u/RooneyBallooney6000 1d ago

Aaaahhhh no Luca is the best movie of all last year. Thanks for not hatin’. Whats your #1?

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u/Stay-At-Home-Jedi 1d ago

Moana, Coco, Luca.

I'm not sure where I put Encanto just yet. Being Spanish, I really love the music, culture, and the body language, but I have a lot of mixed feelings about the ending.

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u/RooneyBallooney6000 1d ago

I am too and I think Coco was much more authentic in that regard. Encanto was too short and just not feature-filmy enough. Was very very good but not up to the caliber of the other 3. Which are all master pieces.

Unfortunately for Moana it pissed off a lot of Polynesians so we wont get a Moana 2 which I think could have been the holy grail for me

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u/megahurtzzz 1d ago edited 1d ago

Luca then Moana then Coco.

I'll cosign this. I teared up at the end of Luca, and I've never had the reaction to another Disney film in my adult life. Moana and Coco were moving, but Luca knocked it out of the park, and that's a hill I'll die on.

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u/RooneyBallooney6000 1d ago

You know what you deserve? Pichere’ gerolomo Trombetta.

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u/cuntyeagle 1d ago

I think out of those Coco is the best overall, my kids have watched Moana dozens of times, but I don't think they have wanted to rewatch Luca yet. They have reattached Encanto a few times already.

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u/RooneyBallooney6000 1d ago

I saw Moana 300 times in 2020-2021. Maybe 150 for Luca. Luca still better in my opinion. Probably the kakamora scene hurt the movie more than anything. But Luca is just very polished to me

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u/Lilpims 1d ago

Luca is cute but won't age well. If you are past 10 yo, it's just really well targeted for the younger audience.

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u/RoundRoundRup 1d ago

Disagree. Luca was very meh imo.

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u/xeno325 1d ago

I upvoted you because i enjoyed luca as well lol but it all goes down to how you relate to the movie for me. And the songs in coco are good as well.

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u/RooneyBallooney6000 1d ago

That Coco ending is too real for me. Rewatchability is lower because it’s so emotional

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u/ARKNORI 1d ago

Huh, that's weird, you misspeled Moana

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u/RooneyBallooney6000 1d ago

I too love Moana but the pacing of Moana is a little wonky for me. Luca is so finely balanced

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u/turkeytime3 1d ago

Moana is going to end up being considered one of Disney’s all-time classics. Luca and Encanto…probably not.

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u/ARKNORI 1d ago

Nah I'd say Encanto can still be considered a classic, it's got some of those magic vibes for me

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u/DERBY_OWNERS_CLUB 1d ago

Luca is very bleh plot wise IMO, paint by the numbers and predictable every step of the way.

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u/WildWing22 1d ago

Not a huge Disney/animated movie fan, but I’ve watched at least 4 times since seeing it for the first time this last weekend. The definition of a fun family movie for sure!

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u/Nasher1234 1d ago

It’s one of my favourites. 😊

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u/SuppleFoxFluff 1d ago

Great :) I may give it a watch then. Thank you

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u/Nasher1234 1d ago

One warning though, some of the songs are really addictive. I cannot remember the last time I fell to sleep without one certain song from this film stuck in my head. Damn, it’s back in my head again, Nooo!

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u/Anerratic 1d ago

Surface Pressure slapped

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u/thetoristori 1d ago

YES! Everyone is raving about "We Don't Talk About Bruno"...which is great, but "Surface Pressure" is where it's at.

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u/Shad0wF0x 1d ago

My son and his friends love the former but I think adults resonate with "Surface Pressure".

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u/hello_drake 1d ago

When i saw it first I had just finished doing months of overtime heavy weeks just to get us limping by until my wife's new job started and things went back to normal. The amount of exhaustion and stress I'd been under was greater than when we had a newborn. That song damn near broke me.

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u/28Vikings 1d ago

Dos Orguitas and What else can I do are also amazing. Best soundtrack in a long time.

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u/Worthyness 1d ago

"What else can I do?" for the fact that they put friggin plant names in the lyrics and it just flows so goddamned well.

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u/_Susquatch_ 1d ago

Surface pressure starts off rough but gets sooo catchy once it gets going

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u/Lilpims 1d ago

We don't talk about Bruno.

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u/BenMcAdoos_ElCamino 1d ago

No no no

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u/fourangers 1d ago

SEVEN FOOT FRAME, RATS ALONG HIS BACK

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u/baladash_malanore 1d ago

Damn you Lin Manuel

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u/_illogical_ 1d ago

I've been watching House recently, and initially didn't realize that Lin-Manuel was in a few episodes back in 2009. I saw him and thought he looked and sounded familiar, it took me a bit to realize that it was him. And of course he had to perform a song in it.

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u/ericbyo 1d ago

Sing another catchy song in your head, then when you feel like that one is juuust about to get stuck quickly distract yourself with something else. Works every time for me

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u/annefranke 1d ago

Second half felt really rushed. Overall it's very enjoyable and I almost shed a tear mid-way through. I suggest you watch it, it's fun, but it's not a masterpiece

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u/hyooston 1d ago

See you nailed it. I was loving it but it dragged on. Usually pacing isn’t an issue w Disney but it was here in the second half.

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u/Plz_dont_judge_me 1d ago

Very true, I honestly dont feel like you miss out on much if you dont watch it, but its still cute and fun

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u/J-nny4 1d ago

I was shocked by how much I loved it, I may give it a third rewatch tonight

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u/rachface5and3 1d ago

Seriously, I’ve watched it three times in the last week and have listened to the soundtrack a couple times a day. I can’t get the songs out of my head, went through a very similar phase with Hamilton

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u/Plz_dont_judge_me 1d ago edited 1d ago

Its ok. Beautiful animation and designs. I wouldnt rate it the best story/script wise but its passable and sweet as a kids movie about loving family.

EDIT: Some people are saying how amazing the music is - maybe its just a bit different for disney, or simply not my taste but I found that most of the songs were completely forgettable - i can only remember 2 - We dont talk about Bruno, and the one with the donkeys that reminded both me and my husband of James Bond intro songs... it was a bit... strange.
Even then, i cant remember much at all in the ways of actual tunes - and thats not usually like me.

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u/codeverity 1d ago

The songs didn’t work for me completely on first listen, but I gave them a watch on yt afterwards and was hooked. “What Else Can I Do” was also good.

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u/jenniferlynn462 1d ago

Me too, I thought the music was pretty awful. The Bruno song was ok but I can’t stand all the auto tune. And the lyrics were just… bad. After I saw Moana, I was singing those songs all week until I watched it again. No way I’m sitting through this crap again.

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u/JimtheRunner 1d ago

Si, mira mira

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u/mcon96 1d ago edited 1d ago

The animation was great (as you can see in the post) but the script was just so horrible imo. The entire plot needed to be majorly fleshed out. The conflict is resolved stupid easy and it’s just a pretty boring story overall. And you’d think they’d use the musical format as an opportunity for people to sing their feelings instead of bluntly stating their feelings, but they end up beating you over the head with it by doing both. I didn’t care for the songs, but a lot of people seem to like them (I don’t like Lin-Manuel Miranda so I’m probably not the target audience). The characters designs are all pretty good though. The movie had plenty of great ideas, it just never developed any of them well enough.

In summary, I went into it with fairly high expectations and was majorly disappointed. If you want to watch it, I would go into it expecting to care more for the songs & individual characters than the overarching plot (and lower expectations).

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u/GimbalLocks 1d ago

All of your criticisms seem reasonable to me, I dunno why you’re getting downvoted when they asked for opinions lol

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u/Day_Bow_Bow 1d ago

I had similar feelings about the script. Many of the characters were rather one dimensional with their schtick but not much else. Some of the songs were catchy and I can see them being popular with the target audience, but on the whole they weren't what I'd consider to be sung well (or very interesting).

It's pretty, and my friend says his kid and he enjoyed it, but it's not one I think I'll watch a second time. It just lacked depth.

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u/Isengrine 1d ago

You're not wrong, I don't get why you're being downvoted.

The major conflict felt that got resolved out of nowhere for me. Not a bad scrip entirely, but definitely the weakest point for me.

It was still an overall good movie IMO.

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u/Practice_NO_with_me 1d ago edited 1d ago

I was reading the plot synopsis on Wikipedia and when I got to the part where the candle comes back to life I was like 'God dammit! Just let things end!' but we all know there was no way in hell Disney wasn't going to leverage childrens desire to live in the world for extra profit.

Edit: Turns out spoiler tags do work! Yay!

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u/RushMurky 1d ago edited 1d ago

OH MY GOD YESS!!! At the end of the movie where >! They got their powers back I was so confused and annoyed. Like why wasn't the message that the kids don't need to have powers to still be good people?? I thought it was the stupidest shit, basically ruined the entire movie for me !<

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u/codeverity 1d ago

I think it is supposed to be a sign of the final healing of the family. I don’t mind the ending, Disney always goes for the “happy” ending tbh!

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u/Isengrine 1d ago

That's exactly how I felt!!

I thought the message was going to be you don't need "gifts" for you to be "special" and that everyone would carry on without their gifts, but nope, it had to bring them back in the end.

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u/RecurringZombie 1d ago

I think that that was still the overall message given that once everyone lost their powers, abuela sang about how wrong she was and that the actual miracle was her children/grandchildren, not their powers. I think that Mirabel’s power was to be the one who helped heal the family and be the next in line as the matriarch who handed out the miracle to future generations

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u/Plz_dont_judge_me 1d ago

Wait, she SANG that? Oops, very forgettable song then.

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u/Isengrine 1d ago

I mean, that's what they said, yeah, but what happened in the end went opposite of that they said.

It'd be like if Shrek said you should be comfortable with who you are regardless of what others think, but Shrek still changed into a human.

The movie would be saying one thing, but showing another one.

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u/NotEricDolphy 1d ago

It was odd that the strong girl was pretty much considered useless without her super powers because was of no use anymore. Her persona was only defined by her gift. Or that nobody ever accepted the reality of the visions from the uncle and at no moment people stops blaming him from what happened. All things were solved by miracles.

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u/Isengrine 1d ago

Yes! She pretty much sings about how her gift is a burden because everyone relies on her strenght for everything, and makes it a point that she can lift anything except for the burden of the responsibility that comes with her gift. So rather than the movie showing that she's not actually useless without her powers, they just went "you got your powers back, now you're not useless anymore!"

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u/randomsnowflake 1d ago

You missed the entire message of the film if you think it’s about the house. The central thesis is that you are enough.

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u/mcon96 1d ago

I understood that it was trying to make that point, I just felt like everyone losing their powers for a total of 1 minute and then going perfectly back to normal was a poor way of showing that message.

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u/Plz_dont_judge_me 1d ago

Sooo true!

I feel like they dropped the ball a bit, and not much thought into the plot. To me, it almost seems as though they just made it out of 'inclusivity' but didnt do it justice AT ALL. I have yet to see a disney film that disappointed me so much - plot-wise at least, the designs and animation was beautiful

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u/FiftyShakesOfMilk 1d ago

The initial concept was for Mirabel to go around each of the family's room and collect a bunch of MacGuffins. I guess that'd be a good way of them expanding on each character and the story itself

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u/Lilpims 1d ago

The music is stuck in my head since I've watched it. It's absolutely stunning. Moving. If you don't cry at least once, you are dead inside. Easily top 5.

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u/saruptunburlan99 1d ago

really blown away by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moana had killer music too.

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u/ConstantEvolution 1d ago

I’m with you. Amazing songs, downright hypnotic animation, and as a 35 yo man was left in tears when abuela is reaching out for her husband when the bad guys come

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u/Plz_dont_judge_me 1d ago

I found it was easily the opposite of everything you said...

Its super interesting to see such divided opinions!

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u/LostWoodsInTheField 1d ago

I really enjoyed it as a nearly 40 year old man. laughed quiet a bit in spots, and had a lot of strong emotion to it.

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u/Sound_Effects_5000 1d ago

I didn't think it was that great. It felt like an hour and a half of an intro and then it was like over. I thought the songs were more talk singing rather than legit songs aside from some nice hooks in some of them which may be your thing but I wasn't into it. All the characters seemed cool but you only ever get to surface with 90% of them and I think they should've been fleshed out alot more. I also got real coco vibes, which I'd say is way better.

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u/baloney_popsicle 1d ago

I didn't think it was that great. It felt like an hour and a half of an intro and then it was like over

I think that's because the "bad stuff" that happens if the main character loses the conflict was that they lose their super powers, and have to live like normal people.

That's it. That's the conflict. So there was never really any REAL peril.

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u/Juansa7X 1d ago

As a colombian it was garbage, i didnt expect it to be so widely liked. Story is the biggest cliché there is, movie feels rushed, there is little character development and humor is meh at best. I disliked the music but i can see why people like it. It is your average disney film. Nothing too special, animation is breathtaking tho, as usual.

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u/laprasaur 1d ago

Same here, as a Colombian I'm surprised by it's popularity. Very thin story. Regarding the aestethics I understand that it's hard to do an authentic representation of the width of Colombian culture but I still feel that a better job could have been done. They basically just mixed together everything they could find.

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u/SirTurkTurkelton 1d ago

It’s one of the better animated films they have made in the last decade. It felt original, the animation is simply gorgeous, the music is catchy and has that Disney/musical storytelling to it so each song really helps move the plot along. Left me a little weepy and it was very heart warming to see characters that look like my family. I’d put it up there with Soul and Luca

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u/MFLORES888 1d ago

My family and I watched it in Spanish, honestly only the kiddos and my brother liked it. I felt it was kinda meh. Not bad not good. Too many songs, but the characters were really fleshed out and apart from two characters I honestly wasn't a fan

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u/saltedboogers 1d ago

Absolutely not. It's one of the worst Disney movies I've seen.

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u/data_dawg 1d ago

I'm the complete opposite, I think it's the best in years!

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u/soccertes 1d ago

So many little details that legit made my grown Colombian self cry. Representation is a hell of a thing

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u/beepborpimajorp 1d ago

That's good to know because I was crying so hard throughout almost the entire movie that I didn't see much except blurry shapes and colors.

Such a good movie.

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u/Roberto-Del-Camino 1d ago

The River Don in Sheffield used to run different colors depending on what color toilet paper Spring Grove Paper Mill was making that day.

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u/CriticoolHit 1d ago

This seems like a bad thing though...

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u/Roberto-Del-Camino 1d ago

Just a different toxic element causing the same effect. 😬

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u/mtblurker 1d ago

color toilet paper???

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u/sololegend89 1d ago

I wonder how many of the multi-paragraph breakdown comments on here are adults giving their ‘official qualified review’ of a movie created and designed specifically for children. It’s like people who were Disneys fans as children forget that fairy tales and fables are ways for kids to learn, and that music can be a tool to aid in that development. It’s literally NOT designed for you.

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u/Butwinsky 1d ago

Haha, I just read through a massive chain of them. It's mostly r/iamverysmart material.

My only fault with the movie is now I see Diaz in a different light on Brooklyn 99.

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u/elbenji 1d ago

Nah. It's gonna be more on the story of this river.

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u/damagedone37 1d ago

This is simply breathtaking…but does the river talk about Bruno?

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u/93wasagoodyear 1d ago

I loved everything about this movie but I especially loved how the girl is so talented on her own, she sews things and embellished her own clothes... also there's so many common family dynamics addressed, even the one family member we don't talk about. It's so good and so healthy with such an amazing ending. Bravo!

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u/TheJesusGuy 1d ago

This account just promotes Disnry films on Reddit.

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u/pikmin311 1d ago

Oh wow

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u/gazebo-fan 1d ago

It’s not multicolored water, it’s the plants in the water.

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u/samjoe6969 1d ago

Wow the real life graphics are trash. Where's the raytracing?

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u/suburban_drifter928 1d ago

I wish this movie dove deeper into the culture, after Coco this was a bit of a disappointment to me. They got the setting and clothing spot on. But idk

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u/erik_33_DK13 1d ago

Kinda sad that it will be flooded with tourists that will destroy it.

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u/BrokenFatHardy 1d ago

How many encanto posts are we going to have today? Hope Disney paid well!

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u/voncornhole2 1d ago

From my count of being on reddit all day, about 1

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u/RantSagan 1d ago

If only the movie was as interesting as this fact about it

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u/Sco_Queen 1d ago

I can't believe how crazy people are going over this movie. I kept dosing off. I tried so hard to pay attention. It just wasn't for me.