‘Encanto’: How Disney Made the Magical Madrigal House an Important Character

‘Encanto’: How Disney Made the Magical Madrigal House an Important Character
Disney’s Colombian-based animated musical “Encanto” is gaining momentum at just the right time: After winning the Golden Globe for animated feature, it led the Ves animation-related VFX nominations January 18 with six (including the modeling of the magical Casa Madrigal). Indeed, the design and animation of the family’s Casita was a standout both for its narrative importance and technical complexity.

Gifted to the family via a magical candle, the enchanted and colorful house functions as an important character (director Byron Howard likens it to the family dog), providing an atmosphere of joy, but also signaling darker undercurrents of unhappiness that eventually rip the house apart as the family loses its magical powers. That is, until Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz) — the only ungifted member — summons the strength to unify the family and rebuild the house.

“We did Zoom presentations with Colombian architectural consultants about methods of construction,” said Disney production designer
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