'Encanto': Disney Plus release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know

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Encanto, which is already out in theaters, now has a Disney Plus release date.

This new musical joins the ranks of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Frozen, though how will it compare?

We certainly know that it will differentiate itself from its predecessors, as Encanto will be the first Disney animated film to center on a Latinx character — before you say anything, Coco is a Pixar film, and while Disney does own Pixar, it still technically makes Encanto the first such film for the Mouse House.

Here is everything that we know about Encanto.

When is the 'Encanto' Disney Plus release date?

Disney announced Encanto as one of the titles that will be new to Disney Plus in December, officially premiering on the streaming service on Dec. 24. At that point, Encanto will be available to watch for Disney Plus subscribers at no additional cost.

For more specific info on how to watch Encanto, check out What to Watch's how to watch guide for the movie.

What is the plot of ‘Encanto’?

Encanto tells the story of the magical Madrigal family, particularly Mirabel, the only member of the family that has not been given a special power (i.e. super strength, talking with animals, transforming into other people, to name a few). But she may be the only one in her family that can help as things start to go wrong. Here is the official synopsis from Disney:

“Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal — every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.

Who is in the ‘Encanto’ cast?

Leading the voice cast is actress Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel. This will be one of the first leading roles for Beatriz, who is best known for her role as detective Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and has also starred in In the Heights, BoJack Horseman and a recurring guest role on Modern Family.

Beatriz will be joined in Encanto by the likes María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz, Carolina Gaitán, Ravi Cabot-Conyers and John Leguizamo.

Who are the ‘Encanto’ directors?

A team of three helped direct Encanto; they are Byron Howard, Jared Bush and Charise Castro Smith. This will be the fourth film that Howard has directed for Disney, having previously helmed Bolt, Tangled and Zootopia.

For Bush, Encanto will be his second directorial effort, both with Howard, as he also was a director on Zootopia. Bush was also one of the screenwriter’s for Zootopia, as well as Disney’s Moana. He also helped write the script once again for Encanto, along with Castro Smith.

Most of Castro Smith’s career thus far has come from writing, but not typically Disney content. She has previously written episodes for Devious Maids and The Haunting of Hill House, most notably. Encanto is serving as her directorial debut.

There is one other member of the creative team that should be mentioned, even though he is not a director on the film, and that is Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Emmy, Grammy and Tony-winning star wrote all of the original songs for Encanto, so you can imagine that they’ll be pretty catchy.

Is there an ‘Encanto’ trailer?

Disney shared an Encanto teaser trailer over the summer, but it has now come out with the official trailer for Encanto. It showcases some gorgeous animation, provides a taste of the film’s soundtrack and lays out the basics of the plot. Give it a watch below. 

'Encanto' reviews

How does Encanto stack up against Disney's long, proud history of animated films? Pretty well according to What to Watch reviewer Leigh Monson. Monson calls Encanto an "extremely charming film" that highlights different aspects of families' dynamics. Read our Encanto review to find out why.

Encanto has a massive 92 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes!.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.