Encanto Director Reveals Ingenious Musical Easter Egg in Mirabel’s Song

Since its release on Disney Plus this Christmas, the Disney musical animation Encanto proved an early hit with viewers.

Much of the praise has focused on its cutting-edge CGI animation and a musical score written by hamiltonby Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Additionally, its magic-soaked story has spawned a number of fan theories, with viewers speculating about the hidden meanings behind some of the film’s key scenes.

Now, EncantoDirector, Bryon Howard revealed an ingenious aspect to one of the film’s musical numbers that would have flown over the heads of many viewers.

Talk to Empire magazine, Howard talked about the song “Waiting on a Miracle,” which addresses Mirabel’s (Stephanie Beatriz) feeling of being left behind while the rest of her family enjoys having magical “gifts.”

“It’s not your typical ‘I Want’ song,” he said. “It’s a very distressing confession, something she hasn’t shared with anyone – it’s completely private when it happens.”

Plus, he noted, there’s a subtle evocation of Mirabel’s feelings in the music itself, which is written in a different time signature to all the other songs – symbolizing how out of step she feels. with his family.

Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz) in Disney’s “Encanto”

(Disney)

“There’s a Colombian style of song called ‘bambuco,’ which is in three-quarter time,” Howard explained. “It’s literally in a different rhythm than all the other songs in the movie.”

Encanto is available to stream on Disney Plus now.