We may not talk about Bruno but the music of “Encanto” takes over the Hollywood Bowl. Following in the footsteps of the music from “Coco” a few years ago, the music from “Encanto” gets its starring role at the iconic venue. The special includes live performances from the actors and actresses who voiced the characters as well as scenes from the film leading up to the songs. It’s an experience that will help the viewer appreciate the hard work that went into the music.
Lin Manuel Miranda introduced the music that he wrote along with some of the iconic Colombian singers who joined him to help bring the music to life. Disney musicals are incredibly special when they have good music and “Encanto” is no different. This special presentation is an amazing blend of singing, dancing and animated storytelling. While “Encanto” is not my favorite Disney animated film, I believe this special will give me a greater appreciation for the film in the same way the music from “Coco” special gave me a greater appreciation for “Coco.”
Given Disney’s propensity to revisit some of its past hits, they should consider resurrecting some of their previous music for performances at the Hollywood Bowl. I prefer these presentations to most of the live action films we’ve received over the years, so I wouldn’t mind seeing a performance of “Hercules” or “Tarzan” in this format. How about an older film like “The Aristocats?” I think there’s a lot of potential that “Coco” and “Encanto” have relayed to the world.
This was an incredibly fun experience that I hope Disney does again. I’ve already provided examples of some things I’d like to see, but it doesn’t just have to be from the animated division. Disney is always looking for ways to expand and there’s a lot of growth potential with these live music performances. It reminds me of the “Star Wars: In Concert” series that was traveling the US about a decade ago. Let’s give it a shot.
Rating: 4 stars
What did you think of “Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl?”